Since forming two years ago, multiculti New York act Si*SÉ has plied its vibrant musical wares at such hip downtown clubs as Baby Jupiter, Mercury Lounge, and Joe's Pub.

Since forming two years ago, multiculti New York act Si*Sé has plied its vibrant musical wares at such hip downtown clubs as Baby Jupiter, Mercury Lounge, and Joe's Pub. Helmed by Carol C. and Cliff Cristofaro (aka U.F.Low), the seven-piece Si*Sé bridges the gap between electronic (deep house, drum'n'bass, and hip-hop), jazz-skewed Latin rhythms, and lush live instrumentation (violas, drums, percussion, and bass). A wonderfully melodic, rhythmic, and emotional debut, the bilingual Si*Sé takes listeners on a beat-savvy trip around the world. "Biscocho Amargo" is steeped in all things Ipanema and Copacabana, while the sunsplashed "Burbuja" makes a pit-stop in Jamaica before landing in Trinidad. As good as these are, though, the global showstopper is "Cuando," which finds Ms. C.'s Spanish vocals cavorting with a trippy, Middle Eastern-inflected soundscape; it's quite the sublime delight. Ditto for the 2-step-shaded re-working of Oran "Juice" Jones' "The Rain" (here titled "Rain") and the alt-leaning "Slip Away," which is ripe for radio play.—MP