World Groove

This streetwise compilation will provide an update for fans of world dance and electronica.

This streetwise compilation will provide an update for fans of world dance and electronica. The tracks highlight artists from Mali, France, Turkey, Cuba, Lebanon, South Africa, Germany, Algeria/France and Congo/ Belgium. The common denominator is serious groove, but stylistically the compilation amounts to a very hip odyssey through numerous regional and ethnic musical sensibilities. Check out Issa Bagayogo's fusion of Malian roots music and dance/ electronic on "Nogo," a moving track that also imparts an ecological message. France's Rouge Rouge works an infectious dance beat in a sample-rich environment ("Attention"), while famed Lebanese singer/oud player Ragheb Alama shows his flair for turning folk tunes into dancefloor rave-ups ("Saharony Ellil"). The Cuban Edesio delivers one of the most adventurous tracks with "El Sopón de Yuya," augmenting a classic son montuno with an electronic heartbeat and a vocal by Adriano Rodriguez. The initial pressing of "World Groove" will include a bonus CD, featuring songs from Putumayo's Groove and Lounge series.—PVV