Sistema Subversiva

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Switzerland-based producer Ane H. met São Paolo expatriate Mariana Da Cruz when he heard her singing bossa nova in an Irish pub. Together with drummer Pit Lee, they now make music that Ane H. characterizes as "irrational," which is about as good a descriptor as any. On the group's third album, they create a sound that is big, messy, extremely funky, and sometimes just a bit too discursive. Case in point: "Curumin," which embroiders a sort of brain-bludgeoning jazz fusion with a lacy outer layer of glitchy funk -- a brilliant recipe, but the track goes on for way too long. "Zero a Zero" similarly takes darkly urgent and highly effective raw material and stretches it just a...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Switzerland-based producer Ane H. met São Paolo expatriate Mariana Da Cruz when he heard her singing bossa nova in an Irish pub. Together with drummer Pit Lee, they now make music that Ane H. characterizes as "irrational," which is about as good a descriptor as any. On the group's third album, they create a sound that is big, messy, extremely funky, and sometimes just a bit too discursive. Case in point: "Curumin," which embroiders a sort of brain-bludgeoning jazz fusion with a lacy outer layer of glitchy funk -- a brilliant recipe, but the track goes on for way too long. "Zero a Zero" similarly takes darkly urgent and highly effective raw material and stretches it just a bit too thin. But for all of their professed "irrationality," when the members of Da Cruz get the balance right the results are scarily perfect: "Tschu Tschu" is extra funky; "Chega" is built on a wonderfully off-kilter stutter-step beat that imbues the whole track with a wonderfully off-balance charm; their take on the Grace Jones classic "Warm Leatherette" brings a nearly punky assertiveness to the original arrangement, while the vocals invest the song's original sprechstimme with a new and exotic flavor. The album's one other disappointment -- the reggae-flavored but heavy and plodding "Papo De," is redeemed at the end of the program by a stripped-down and lifted-up remix. Ultimately, Sistema Subversiva makes all the right kinds of mistakes -- they're errors of passion and experimentation, and the album is a solid winner overall.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • UPC: 657036117822
  • Catalog Number: 1178
  • Sales rank: 151,869

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Boom Boom Boom (3:49)
  2. 2 Jangada (4:43)
  3. 3 Curumin (6:25)
  4. 4 Papo De (3:22)
  5. 5 Zero a Zero (5:32)
  6. 6 Warm Leatherette (3:22)
  7. 7 Ethiopia (5:14)
  8. 8 Chega (2:50)
  9. 9 Tudo Bem Aqui (5:36)
  10. 10 Tschu Tschu (3:36)
  11. 11 Vestida De Amor (4:08)
  12. 12 Sexta-Feira (3:39)
  13. 13 Balada (4:33)
  14. 14 Falo Pouco (5:16)
  15. 15 Moça Feia (4:25)
  16. 16 Papo De (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Da Cruz Primary Artist
Ane H. Group Member
Oscar Bolao Percussion
Oliver Husmann Guitar, Group Member
Marc Stucki Saxophone
Toni Schiavano Bass
Moritz Stäubli Guitar
Niklaus Hürny Trumpet
Bernard Häberlin Guitar
Mariana Da Cruz Vocals, Group Member
Pit Lee Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Ane H. Composer, Programming, Engineer
Oli Bösch Mastering
Oliver Husmann Composer
Daniel Otto Miller Composer
Oz McGuire Cover Design
Carlos Lima Engineer
Pedä Siegrist Cover Design
Peter Hertig Composer
Mariana Da Cruz Composer
Diego Techeira Engineer
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