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by Various Artists
Nublu Sound by Various Artists
Released: Oct 2008
Label: Nublu
We can't all be there at the start of a trend, but this sampler -- from the nascent label of Nublu, the N.Y.C. club that launched the likes of the Brazilian Girls and Forro in the Dark -- sets you down in the club's dim recesses and makes you feel like you're one of the hip kids watching live musicians spin straw into musical gold. The Nublu Sound is no myth: it's polyglot without being pretentious, and it carries a whiff of downtown jazz even though electronics are its tool of choice. If this is the sound of the 21st century -- urbane yet far from homogenized -- sign us up.
Sarah Bardeen