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Laru Beya by Aurelio Martinez
Released: Jan 2011
Label: Next Ambiance
Swirling currents of often unexpected sound (subtle horns here, surf rock licks there). Vintagey guitars and dubby, scratched-out beats. A globe-trotting aesthetic that jets from Afro-pop to Manu Chao. And nary a synth! Garifuna music has never sounded so ... hip -- or so unlike Garifuna music. It would be easy to assume this "cooling" is the doings of Sub Pop, which released Laru Beya as the second-ever album on their world imprint. But in Martinez's masterful hands, it sounds more like an evolution -- the heralding of a new, exciting era for the distinctive, diasporic Garifuna tradition.
Rachel Devitt
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