Si Si

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Genre: Latin

Band Bio: Formed four years ago by singer Carol C and programmer/DJ U.F.LOW, Si*S? bring together the atmospheric vibes of electronica with the crackle of live instruments. The results are electric: "It's about mixing stuff up that's not usually mixed together," says Carol C. "We're a band from New York City and we try and combine all of its musical traditions including hip-hop beats, Latin rhythms and down-tempo electronic music because that's what we hear everyday of our lives. It's a prelude to the future."

Their self-titled debut is a romantic stroll through the global barrio. Singing in both Spanish and English, stunning vocalist Carol C (whose family hails from the Dominican Republic) is at once sexy, smooth, soulful and completely unique. Programmer/producer/keyboardist Cliff Cristofaro aka U.F.LOW is a b-boy minimalist armed with a single MPC drum machine. But theirs is more than a beauty and beats story: A viola player, Jeannie Oliver, crack percussionist Neil Ochoa, spirited bassist Morgan Phillips, and live drummer Ryan Farley add an eclectic live punch to songs that range from deep drum 'n' bass to futuristic Latin ritmos and beyond. Their self- titled album received world wide recognition and continues to do so.

Carol C, a well-known figure on New York's underground drum'n'bass scene, has always wanted to start a band. "I started singing when I was four," she explains, "My mother was a singer growing up, who came to Brooklyn from the Dominican Republic to start a new life with her husband and three children." Carol's first singing experience was with opera, but she found herself drawn to ever more varied music. " My mother's half-Arabic, so when I found this out, I was all about collecting their music and imitating their voices. I didn't sound authentic, but they were still an influence on my vocal style." A stint in Amber Sunshower led to tracks with drum'n'bass producers such as DJ Dara, and eventually to her own DJ gig.

A mutual friend hooked Carol up with a fellow underground dweller, Flatbush, Brooklyn-born U.F.LOW. "When I heard Carol," Cliff says, "it was like her vocals turned me on to this sensual aspect of music." Meeting face-to-face at a downtown club, Carol and Cliff hit it off, and recorded a six-track demo all in one day. Then, tapping some musician friends to flesh out the electronics, Si*S? found themselves forging a fresh new sound in the cramped environs of Ryan Farley's Bronx apartment, in rat-infested Lower East Side basements, and at downtown bars where their talent generated label interest from their very first performance.

Michael Mangini (Digable Planets) signed on to co-produce what would become their debut album: at once a vibrant orchestral production with real dance floor potential. From Spanish-language jams like "Cuando" and the acoustic-guitar-meets-hip hop-funk track "Biscocho Amargo" to their heartrending interpretation of Oran "Juice" Jones' classic "The Rain," their debut is like a velvet hand grenade blasting through the walls of electronic pop, world music, and urban rhythms. Like the city they call home, Si*S?'s music is a place of infinite possibility, where exotic traditions and tongues mingle with cutting edge daring and youthful energy. Currently signed to Universal Records with the strong believe and help of Jerry Blair and Rich Isaacson of Fuerte Group. The next train is leaving soon -- and you've got the ticket in your hands.


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