July 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

Two South American women yank tradition into the future. Molina, from Buenos Aires, sounds like Stereo-lab’s Laetitia Sadier covering Nick Drake, whispering luminous folk tunes amid electronic thickets while acoustic guitars and pianos flicker like votive candles. Cibelle is a young Brazilian working with arty beat-builders Apollo 9 and Morcheeba; her feathery trip-hop samba has a woozy swing, perfect for summer-share rent parties. It’s not your mama’s bossa nova, but it’s just as sultry. Segundo: A – Cibelle: B+

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