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Zeb Stop The Earth, I Want To Get Off

That Italian Moreno Visini was born into a Gypsy household and dubbed Zeb by some British friends reveals something about his worldly influences. Similarly, Stop the Earth captures the West Indian, South Asian, and Arabic sounds he experienced in his early 20s in Ladbroke Grove, London. Now based in New York, the multi-instrumentalist traces trans-global latitudes from Middle Eastern dub to Afrobeat disco and funky Brazilian beats. Visini's stringed instrumentation adds refinement to the mostly downtempo dance grooves, but he goes beyond bland polyrhythmic jams on "Bauls of New York," which pays tribute to mystic minstrels from Bengal. If only the rest of the world were as unified and harmonious as Zeb's music!

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