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Curumin Japan Pop Show

Brazilian musician Curumin’s second album is hard to classify, but in the best way: funk, psychedelic rock, hip-hop, reggae, dub, and more all co-exist on this album, sometimes even within the same track. The mix is a smart one, and it makes sense, considering Brazil’s history as a melting-pot nation. While Curumin plays most of the instruments here, he brings in some occasional help: labelmates Gift of Gab and Lateef the Truthspeaker flow on the harder beats of “Kyoto,” and DJ Marco scratches on the slice-n-dice “Salto No Vácuo Com Joelhada” and the loose “Saída Bangú.” There’s enough influence from Brazil’s musical past to keep traditionalists listening, but enough forward thinking to take the album into new territory. Hard to pigeonhole, but easy to enjoy.

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