EW reviews four world music albums -- We take a closer look at releases from Curumin, Balkan Beat Box, and more

Achados E Perdidos

EW reviews four world music albums

CURUMIN , Achados E Perdidos (Quannum) São Paulo-based Curumin proves himself a star student of Brazilian samba and American soul on this easygoing debut. His vocals owe a debt to Stevie Wonder — acknowledged by a cover of ”You Haven’t Done Nothing” — though the ingenious electro-rustic arrangements prove that he’s more than a mere mimic. B

BALKAN BEAT BOX , Balkan Beat Box (JDub/Essay) Guaranteed to propel any bar mitzvah party into a hedonistic, sweaty mess, this cross-cultural crew of New York musicians cranks out Eastern Bloc-inspired techno grooves seemingly fueled by Manischewitz and a big dose of punk ‘tude. It’s one of those rare records that bubbe and the grandkids can all groove to. B+

VARIOUS ARTISTS , Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up (Numero Group) Discovered in a Brooklyn basement, these ultra-obscure recordings (originally released between 1960 and 1980) document Belize’s breezy, rhythmically supple take on Stax-style soul, Latin funk, and roots reggae. Yes, this tiny Central American country is a darn funky place. Who knew? B

ÉTHIOPIQUES VOL. 20: EITHER/ORCHESTRA LIVE IN ADDIS (Buda Musique) Prominently used in Broken Flowers, the modal, Arabian-tinged Afropop of Ethiopia has long been a favorite of ethnomusicology geeks. Recorded live in Addis Ababa, this new disc features Boston’s Either/Orchestra merging Ethiopian jazz with lush, Ellington-style arrangements and lively improv. B+

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