Released: May 2011
Label: Nacional Records
Fans of Manu Chao (or Amadou & Mariam, whose son is in SMOD) will find plenty to love on SMOD's first international release, which has both the literal and aesthetic stamp of those global pop greats written all over it. Produced by Chao and written on A&M's terrace, SMOD trades in glistening, folk-infused Afropop. At times it's difficult to distinguish their gorgeous, rippling guitars, kora-inspired rhythms and strong, soft lyricism from the work of their predecessors. But the group sets itself apart by incorporating a gentle hip-hop aesthetic.