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Nicola Conte: Bossa Per Due

Not very lofty but still infectious is Bossa Per Due (Eighteenth Street Lounge Music ESL043; 62:24) from Italian DJ Nicola Conte. Given that it’s on the Eighteenth Street Lounge Music label, home of Washington, D.C.’s Thievery Corporation, Conte’s full-length debut takes it cues from a hipster-lounge/acid-jazz perspective when exotic (in their eyes) bossa nova beats, Middle Eastern embellishments and ’60s soul-jazz are as perfunctory as the velvet-crushed sofa, clove cigarettes and vibrant-colored wallpaper. Sure, there’s a knowing wink-wink underneath these James Bond-like grooves, but what’s a bumping party without good cheese.

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