Gaia play Lula Lounge Wednesday (September 14). Rating: NNNN
The band name threatens treacly New Age aromatherapy massage parlour fodder, but don't be put off. Gaia are actually a Brazilian four-piece from Montreal, and this is a boppy, poppy world beat record featuring a wide range of influences - Latin, African, Peruvian, funk - and instrumentation including electronic input, well-produced by Ramachandra Borcar, aka Ramasutra. Track one has a super Copacabana feel, and I can't help thinking it needs more Manilow-like phrasing and lyrics, but beyond that this is sophisticated and grooves deep.