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An International New Music Tuesday

An Australian songstress, the Los Angeles Cambodia-inspired rock band, old-school samba masters, an Afro-Peruvian legend, a burgeoning French pop group, and psychedelic Swedish rock band—today’s New Music Tuesday is a tour around today’s global modern music space. No matter the origin, this playlist treats us to an exotic and catchy blend of pop, rap, electronica and many territories in between.

Playlist Notes

  • Dengue Fever, Cannibal Courtship: It started like a story out of Hollywood—L.A. brothers seek singer for Cambodian-inspired rock. They recruit a former-Cambodian pop-star turned stateside resident and the magic happens. Two albums later, Dengue Fever evolves fully into a groovy and original take on their rocking third album, Cannibal Courtship.

  • Plan B, The Defamation of Strickland Banks: Is Plan B a rapper or singer? He’s both. On his second album, Plan B explores the smooth-talking part of his persona—the lovesick crooner—in a style that’s reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Aloe Blacc.

  • Azymuth, Aurora: Don’t let the opening track, with serious Mr. Rogers Neighborhood-like chimes, throw you off. Disco and samba masters Azymuth have created music for over 30 years, inspiring modern musicians and lounge singers alike.

  • French Horn Rebellion, The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion: Not since Kanye West has the regal French horn seen this much action in pop music. Although their namesake instrumentation is sparse, this debut album is rollicking, danceable and fun.

  • Kode9 & the Spaceape, Otherman / Love is the Drug (Feat Cha Cha): If you’re not a huge dubstep fan, but are familiar with the name Kode9, perhaps it’s in part from the DJ’s day job as Hyperdub’s owner. Turn on this sample of his upcoming album, Black Sun.

  • O’Death, Outside: This hungry New York band has created a widely inspired brand of folk music that is authentic, original and a welcome version of Americana as something new.

  • The Watson Twins, Night Covers: The big-voiced sister duo cover six songs from contemporaries and legends alike: PJ Harvey, Bill Withers, Sade, The Turtles, Eurythmics and The Black Keys. The result is occasionally precious and often thoughtful in its re-interpretation.

∞  April 19, 2011 — 12:00AM