Curumin is a Brazilian artist who I’ve been following since his first album, “Achados E Perdidos.” Brought up in the samba/bossa nova tradition, he adds into the mix hip-hop, funk, and electronic music to make for a really unique sound. His new album, “Arrocha,” takes all that to new heights, jumping around from hip-hop instrumentals (“Blimblim”) to bass-heavy dub (“Treme Terra”) to upbeat reggae (“Vestido de prata”) and back to some of his traditional samba/funk-rock sound (“Passarinho”). Stream it from Soundcloud below!
In just three months, this song has become the most watched Indian song on youtube, surpassing (thankfully) Love Mera Hit Hit.
Watch M83 play their soul-cleansing (credit: GABRIEL SAMACH, SORRY) single “Midnight City” off their most recent, chart-topping album, “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Great sax.
Aphex Twin recently conducted a “Penderecki-inspired composition” in Poland… via remote control. It is terrible (the piece, not necessarily the performance). It’s also hard to see what the technology adds to the music, other than allowing Richard James to indulge in his love of anonymity. I guess that’s what happens when you live in a converted bank for too long.
Los adolescentes was released last year by Dënver, a chilean electro pop duo steadily rising in popularity. It has no verses, only a chorus, but the repetition is infectious. Check it out below:
Kabul Dreams is the first rock band from Afghanistan that was formed after the fall of Taliban in 2008. I think they sound pretty good for a band originated from a conflict area. Also, the language the song is in is Dari, which is a dialect of Persian.