Two years ago, Amsterdam-based trio Zuco 103 made a dazzling debut with Outro Lado, which effortlessly merged cool electronic lounge beats and sultry tropical rhythms.

Two years ago, Amsterdam-based trio Zuco 103 made a dazzling debut with Outro Lado, which effortlessly merged cool electronic lounge beats and sultry tropical rhythms. Tales of High Fever finds the band—Brazilian vocalist Lilian Vieira, Dutch drummer Stefan Kruger, and German keyboardist Stefan Schmid—continuing this quest, while at the same time bringing new flavors into the mix, particularly '60s-hued 5th Dimension-shaded soul, '70s-era Philly orchestration, and U.K.-charged breakbeats. The threesome even explores roots music; witness "Curso de Reclamação—Lição 1" (Complaining Course—Lesson 1), complete with fiddle loops, guitar riffs, distorted violin, and Vieira's rap-meets-folk rapid-paced delivery. Such guest musicians as Marcos Suzano (percussion), Siba (violin), and Peter Bergman (bass), among others, only enhance an already colorful and spirited soundscape.—MP