Think of One Trafico

Think of One Trafico
Here’s a potential recipe for disaster: a bunch of Benelux squatters pile into their tricked-out RV and drive wherever they please, vibing and collaborating with musicians wherever they find themselves. Sounds like the very definition of dilettantish cultural sampling? Well, it is. Except here it works because Think of One are great musicians. I don’t know how they managed to get the Mystery Machine to Brazil for their latest disc, but they ended up in Recife, Bahia; the storehouse of the rhythms of North-eastern Brazil. Trafico investigates the rough and rugged forro and coco styles. The additional contributions of TOO are major brass flourishes of the Flemish and Gypsy varieties, tasteful keyboards mixed with love by Air’s Yann Arnaud, and dissonant guitars, particularly in the convincing punk coda to "Aai.” One of the star attractions in this is 60something vocalist Dona Cila, whose one-cigarette-too-many yet girlish vocals are a beguiling and authoritative presence, especially in contrast to the laconic Flemish and French tone of TOO leader David Bovee. Despite the pickup nature of this recording, it’s far from a jam session, these are tight little songs with unusual structures that suit the mood of chord-change heavy samba so well. Finally, the dub flourishes throughout are more than just effects; they further multiply the rhythms into a trans-human funk machine, bigger than the sum of its parts, which is TOO’s intention in the first place. (Crammed)