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Bomba Estéreo Blow Up

When it comes to musical melting pots, it's hard to top Colombia. With an ethnically diverse population equally influenced by both Caribbean and Andean culture, not to mention a history steeped in a rich brew of Afro-Latin sounds, the genre-bending efforts of groups like Bomba Estéreo come as little surprise. Blow Up is their second full-length, and it finds the Bogota-based outfit still tossing traditional Latin sounds into a blender alongside hip-hop and electronic dance-pop. While their laptop-clutching labelmates from Argentina's Zizek crew use classic Latin rhythms as a framework for electronic experimentation, Bomba Estéreo is far less rigid in their approach—Blow Up is undoubtedly the work of a band, one that can fluidly weave champeta rhythms and cumbia percussion into bouncy Spanglish hip-hop and sunny, singalong dance-pop.

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