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Recreation by Zap Mama
Released: May 2009
Label: Heads Up
Zap Mama has enjoyed mixed success since they abandoned their a cappella sound for a more contemporary hip-hop approach in the late 1990s. Five years after its last record, the group -- centered on founder Marie Daulne -- initially sounds a little mired in its past: Thin trip-hop beats drift into R&B, bossa nova and French pop without much discernible direction. But Zap Mama can still pen a memorable hook, and songs like "Hello to Mama" and "Do You Wanna?" prove that with the right collaborator (such as Vincent Cassel), that drifting can begin to feel downright luxurious.
Sarah Bardeen