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Various Artists Putumayo Presents: A New Groove

It's easy to think hippie/folkie when you hear "world music," but Putumayo seems out to change that with their Groove series-and they're doing a pretty good job, too. A New Groove is the ninth installment, featuring a more electronic breed of world artist. Swedes Linn & Freddie contribute the infectious head-nodder "L.I.N.N.," and Brit soulstress Alice Russell alternately coos and belts on the swinging "High Up on the Hook." And the United States is repped by downtempo masters Thievery Corporation as well as the purring Bitter:Sweet. The result is, in fact, nicely groovy.

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