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Da Cruz: Eco Do Futuro

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The chronology: Eco Do Futuro is the fifth album by the band named for leader and vocalist Mariana Da Cruz. All four previous Da Cruz releases reached the US college radio chart top ten; they recorded all five in their own studio, Boom Jah Studios in Switzerland.

The music: "Da Cruz is the collision of various elements that seem incompatible at first glance," Mariana suggests, and Eco Do Futuro sure seems to scream howling into your ears from out of nowhere. Legend maintains that instrumentalist-producer Ane H., vocalist for late-1980s Swiss industrial music pioneers Swamp Terrorists, met Da Cruz while she was singing bossa nova in an Irish pub; the duo soon recruited former Swamp Terrorists drummer Pit Lee, and guitarist Oliver Husman later completed the core quartet. On Eco, saxophonist Daniel Durrer and trumpeter Niklaus Hürny squeal and honk (squonk?) out more jazzy contributions.

From the opening "País do Futuro," Mariana's roaring, cooing, purring, soaring voice suggests a young Chaka Khan's, floating above yet digging into the music, while harmonizing horns dance into an African horizon. Guitarist Husman and drummer Lee drive "Sinhá Mandou" with the African funk rhythms and sounds that David Byrne so famously (and often) appropriated for Talking Heads. Durrer's saxophone scrambles the break into musical froth, while electronic effects on Hürny's trumpet sound like Jon Hassell wandering into a Brazilian disco and further this Byrne/Heads connection.

"Fama de Bacana" pulls these Africanisms into a darker, more electronic jungle sound that slowly grows from skeletal electronics into a thick and lusty groove, while "Centro do Mundo" bounces as a celebration song off of the drummer's rocking and rolling, Columbian cumbia beats.

Eco Do Futuro introduces sounds and rhythms from the African diaspora into Da Cruz's glistening, seamless blend of Brazilian and European dance and club music and, with them, their music sounds more full and complete.

Track Listing: País do Futuro; Virose; Visitar América; Sinhá Mandou; Babilonia SP; Nossa Maneira; Negra Sim; Número Um; Centro do Mundo; Guerreira; Uma Loba; Mina Luanda; Fama de Bacana; Pobre Mentality.

Personnel: Mariana Da Cruz: vocals; Ane H.: programming; Pit Lee: drums, percussion; Oliver Husmann: guitars; Niklaus Hürny: trumpet; Daniel Durrer: saxophones; Christian Sommerhalder: guitars; Toni Schiavano: bass; Marc Stucki: saxophones; Tony Allen & Drumdrops: drums.

Title: Eco Do Futuro | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Boom Jah Records

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