Though based in London, the trip-hop trio Smoke City created music with a distinctively Brazilian, bossa nova-influenced sound -- nosurprise given that
vocalist Nina Miranda's childhood was divided between the UK and South America. Miranda formed Smoke City withformer schoolmate Mark Brown, with
whom she shared an affection not only for the music of Santana and Gilberto Gil but also classic'70s funk; rounding out the line-up with guitarist Chris
Franck, formerly of the Brighton-based Brazilian percussion group Batu, thegroup issued a handful of indie-label singles before signing to Jive Records in
the fall of 1995.