Curumin, 'JapanPopShow' (Quannum)

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JapanPopShow
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Label: Quannum

by Jon Young

Luciano Nakata Albuquerque (a.k.a. Curumin) is the offspring of Japanese and Spanish parents, so it's not surprising that he boasts a wide range of influences. What is surprising, though, is how effortless his second album feels. The woozy, reggaefied title track has the brain-melting charm of a pot-addled jam. Elsewhere, dense funk collides happily with old-fashioned samba and bossa nova; "Kyoto" suggests Caetano Veloso fronting Funkadelic. If "Fumanchu," a throwaway based on a simple electric piano riff, can provide such immense pleasure, there's some sneaky magic in effect.

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