Monday, 15 July 2013

Bebel Gilberto - So Nice (DJ Marky & XRS Remix)

Bebel Gilberto - So Nice (DJ Marky & XRS Remix)(Ziriguiboom, 2002)

With the British heatwave showing no signs of abating I'm taking a look at another Brazilian Drum & Bass track, this time a remix of 'So Nice' by Bebel Gilberto, the daughter of Bossa Nova pioneer João Gilberto and singer Miúcha. In 2000 she found success with Tanto Tempo, an album that fused traditional Bossa Nova with subtle electronic influences - for instance 'Samba da Benção' uses Amon Tobin's 'Nova' as its backing. 'So Nice' is a bossa nova standard which is also known by the name Summer Samba (Samba de Verão) and has been covered by over 180 artists with other well known interpretations coming from the Walter Wanderley Trio and Sergio Mendes & Wanda De Sah.

In 2002 DJ Marky & XRS remixed 'So Nice' with the initial release being a single-sided "promo only" 12", although with full artwork and plenty of copies available that was really just a bit of marketing and it was later included on a special remix edition of Tanto Tempo. It's a smooth and summery track that opens with some reverbed tabla-like percussion before introducing the 'Sing A Simple Song' break. Bossa Nova style guitar and warm bass then come in to accompany Gilberto's vocals, the lyrics expressing the desire to meet that special someone:

"So nice, life would be so nice
If one day I'd find
Someone who would take my hand
And samba through life with me"

'So Nice' features in this live mix from Fabio with Cleveland Watkiss on the mic, recorded at Cargo, London on the 27th April 2003, which you can download here: Check the whole tracklist below:

1. Marky & XRS - Breeze
2. Total Science - Expand
3. D.Kay & Epsilon - Barcelona
4. Calibre - Got to have you
5. Jaheim - Put that woman first (Calibre Remix)
6. Marky & XRS - Rotation
7. Danny C- Ace Face
8. Unknown
9. Raf & Ill Logic - Could it be
10. High Contrast - Basement track
11. Artificial Intelligence - Won’t give up
12. Unknown brazilian tune
13. Bebel Gilberto – So Nice (Marky & XRS Remix)
14. A Sides feat. Mc Fats- What u don’t know

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