Buscemi

Our Girl in Havana

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Right down to the hip, pleasant cover model, Buscemi's second album of groovy productions is a near-perfect match for his debut, 1998's Mocha Supremo. Producer Dirk Swartenbroekx flaunts his love of breezy, continental rhythms and late-night atmosphere. Though the scattered Latin-dance fusions -- bossa nova meets disco, salsa meets drum'n'bass, samba meets downtempo house -- aren't exactly pioneering ideas, Swartenbroekx is an able hand who knows when and how to freshen what could be a stale production. Also, he reaches another level after deserting the preset rhythms. Highlights include the thick electro-crunch of "First Flight to London," and "La Musica de Ayer con el Sonido de Hoy," which threatens to move from menacing drum'n'bass into zesty salsa.

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