A Sonic Magic Carpet Ride
Mop Mop is world music in the truest sense. Based in Italy, the multinational collective recorded tracks for fourth album Isle of Magic both in Italy and Germany, using a roster of musicians that includes natives of Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East. The result is a tasty stew of polyrhythmic percussion, chanted vocals, and compulsively booty-shaking tunes. The standout is probably “Loa Chant”, which features the sultry vocals of Finnish-Egyptian Sara Sayed, or perhaps the sax-inflected funk of “Damballah”, but few tracks here are duds. By the time you hit the shuffling snares and steel drums of “Kamakumba”, you’re well on your way to wherever it is the band is taking you. With this crew, that could be anywhere.