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Nina and Chris were involved in two of the biggest selling and critically acclaimed Brazilian-influenced acts of the past decade -- Smoke City (still remembered for their seminal 'Underwater Love' track that was the soundtrack to a Levi's advert) - and Da Lata, signed to Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures label.
Imagine Led Zep, The Meters, Joni Mitchell and The Beatles jamming in Brazil with Tropicalistas such as Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil & Os Mutantes - where rock 'n' roll, funk and classic pop get spiced up with a little samba magic - and you're on the Zeep trail. From cosmopolitan London to inspirational Brazil, Zeep bring you an album inspired by the attitude of the 70s when music was live, urgent, right-on, scruffy, funky and folksy.
Whilst Zeep echoes the quirkiness of their previous work as Smoke City, Chris adds that "Zeep is a more folky, more organic album than anything else we've done before". The songs were mostly dreamt up in their home in North London from jam sessions over the last few years and Chris feels that being partners in life, as well as music, has influenced the vibe: "On this album Nina and I have just been true to ourselves, we are a family and this has influenced how we make music. The band is made up of our close friends, people we've known for years who are like family to us, and I think this is why the sound and the vibe is so good". As the songs on the album took shape, Nina & Chris thought about their friends from Brazil who could help them realise their tales of love, life and the universe with the necessary sub-equatorial tropical heat, and so last summer they jetted off to Brazil to recruit their fellow Zeepistas.
Alongside Nina on vocals & Chris on guitars are some of Brazil's finest musicians: Mauro Berman (bassist for Marcelo D2 and member of Democustico), Marcelo Jeneci Da Silva (keyboardist with Vanessa Da Mata & Chico Cesar) and Marcalzinho (percussionist with Joao Bosco & Pat Metheney). UK based Italian drummer Davide Giovannini (drummer with Marcos Valle & Steve Winwood) came along on the trip with them and back in Blighty they recorded the second half of the album with Mike Lindup (Level 42, Da Lata) on keys, Tristan Banks on drums (Terry Callier, Dave Valentin) plus Diabel Cissokho with guest vocals and Momadou Sarr on djembe. The album also features the voice of UK jazz and TV legend Kenny Lynch and the sax of the superb Jason Yarde (Hugh Masekela, Roy Ayres, Hermeto Pascoal).