For a quick world tour, grab your iPod. We pick 2010’s top international releases.
Clorofila, Corridos Urbanos (Nacional) Melodic, horn-heavy electro-pop jams tinged with 80’s nostalgia.
Luísa Maita, Lero-Lero (Cumbancha) Honey-voiced siren of samba + São Paulo grit = a spare, seductive debut.
Calibro 35, Ritornano Quelli Di… (Nublu) Groovy 1970’s Italian-cop-film sound tracks, giddily intrepreted.
Asmara All Stars, Eritrea’s Got Soul (Outhere) Vintage Abyssinian soul-jazz-funk from long-isolated Eritrean musicians.
Christina Pato, The Galician Connection (Zouma) Forget flamenco—this Spain-born Silk Road Ensemble member masterfully mixes the bending, oboe-like wail of the gaita (traditional Galician bagpipe) with modern Spanish rock.