Various Artists

Putumayo Presents Euro Groove

by Dan MacIntosh

24 April 2008

 

Europe's music shows off its best side with this release

Putumayo’s CD notes explain how this compilation samples “the sound of the new Europe,” a continent where you’re as likely to hear “Celtic violins,” as “electronic bossa rhythms.” Although this 10-song set contains no obvious “Celtic violin” tunes, it does nevertheless gather together quite a wide ranging mix. The only big name in the bunch is Chumbawamba (Does anybody still remember “Tubthumping”?), because the rest of these participants are eclectic, yet relatively unknown. For instance, “Le Shin ” by !DelaDap by incorporates the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Austria into its dance music fiddle tune. Both Italy and Germany have two entries, and one of Italy’s selections, “Mystic Diversions” by E Pa-Pa, is sung in French, of all languages. But this is just that kind of CD, where languages and cultures are mixed together like an indescribable stew, which makes Europe come off as one cool place to be.

Putumayo Presents: Euro Groove

Rating:

 

We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times. Thanks everyone.

//comments
//Mixed media
//Blogs

Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

// Sound Affects

"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

READ the article