Monday, December 19, 2011

101 Things To Do In Bongolia

When one thinks of global grooves one tends to think of electronic music with a global feel. One would not think a record entitled, 101 Things To Do In Bongolia, would contain them…but alas that would be thinking wrong. Spanning the world with a suitcase of songs in tow, 101 Things To Do In Bongolia covers so much territory and collects so many frequent flyer miles along the way, the label should be able to turn this into a regular series at little or no expense.

With said global grooves coming from all sides and sounding as traditional as they do modern, much of 101 Things To Do In Bongolia is a series of musical surprises that sound like a portable audio version of Epcot. With Middle Eastern, Asian, American, and African influences finding their way into the songs here, the tunes that make up 101 Things To Do In Bongolia feature a plethora of unique sounds that combine into something worldly. While there are said electronic moments scattered throughout, there are also indie pop sounds and traditional reworkings that all manage to convey a global party atmosphere. It’s this atmosphere that makes 101 Things To Do In Bongolia feel like a musical utopian world where everyone knows music is the universal language.

101 Things To Do In Bongolia is a mash up of influences and genres and the results are a fantastically fun record that throws out the typical definition of world music and redefines it as something far more acceptable. This is world music everyone can like.

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