Putumayo - A New Groove

2007-02-22 11:35
In case you haven’t heard of Putumayo yet, it is a New York based record label with the aim to introduce people to the music of the World’s cultures. Since their launch in 1993 they have become celebrated for their upbeat and melodic compilations. Albums such as Turkish Groove, North African Groove, Sahara Lounge and Nuevo Latino all offer a unique blend of funky, young music from the furthest corners of the world.

The latest edition A New Groove is a perfect mix of the latest and freshest lounge, funk, nu groove and jazz sounds from across the globe. The compilation also has undercurrents of hip hop and reggae influences, featured in songs from K-Os (Canada) and The Cat Empire (Australia).

In some ways A New Groove features more funky and upbeat melodies than some of the predecessor albums, which focused more on Latin lounge, Afro-Cuban and jazz beats.

Music from more popular groups are also incorporate this time round, you’ll hear “Crabbuckit” from K-Os and “Everything” from Jehro as well as Thievery Corporations’ “Until the Morning”.

Despite including more popular songs the new release still caters to lounge music lovers and is still suitable as background music in a funky coffee shop or when having friends over for drinks.

Putumayo grooves is perfect for entertaining, you can listen to a selection of great songs all more or less from the same genre but with enough variety to make guests think you put together an impressive playlist yourself.

A New Groove also fulfils its promise to expose listeners to some of the best new sounds from around the world, artists from Denmark, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Australia and the UK are featured. The booklet in the CD case also has a short bio piece about each group or artist, so you can actually get clued up on the hottest new artists.

Also in keeping with its traditional style, the latest Putumayo grooves are presented in an album cover created by artist, Nicola Heindl in her signature colorful and folkloric style.

Putumayo’s A New Groove is funky and fresh but has enough style not to scare off old school lounge enthusiasts. Basically, it’s grooves, guaranteed to make you feel good.

- Annel Malan

“Guaranteed to make you feel good,” the Putumayo motto rings true for their latest release, A New Groove.

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