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Album Review

It's been a while since the last Transglobal Underground album, and the face of ethno-techno has changed considerably in that time. Can they still have anything relevant to say? Yes, as it turns out. They've remained a good step or two ahead of the pack with their particular cross-cultural, danceable fusions. Indian music has always been a part of their arsenal, and it's evident here on the partying "The Khaleegi Stomp," with sitar playing over a 12-bar beat, and in references on the dancehall-vibed "The Sikhman and the Rasta," an ode to London's Southall district. The most exciting tracks, however, feature the unearthly diaphonic harmonies of the Trio Bulgarka, whose wails are countered by rock guitar riffage and a pounding rhythm on "Isis K." It's jarring, but it works, especially when the whole explodes into a Wall of Sound. For the most part, Impossible Broadcasting is a very focused record (check the apocalyptic foreboding on "Sentinel"), but at times it does seem to float, as on "Vanilka" and "Take the 'A' Train." Although the album's title is better than most of the record, Transglobal Underground have nevertheless come back with a corker.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in London, England

Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

TransGlobal Underground is a U.K.-based collective fusing as many different kinds of world music as its members can get their hands on. The group's core is composed of vocalist Natacha Atlas (who has recorded with Jah Wobble, Apache Indian, and her own band, Atlas Project), keyboardist Alex Kasiek, drum programmer Man Tu, and founder, bassist, and sampler Count Dubulah. The project grew out of a mutual love for dance, avant-garde, Arabic, and world music and draws on each member's listening tastes...
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