For a quick world tour, grab your iPod. We pick 2010’s top international releases.

By Mario R. Mercado and Catesby Holmes
Updated: February 02, 2017
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Courtesy of Nacional Records

Mexico

Clorofila, Corridos Urbanos (Nacional) Melodic, horn-heavy electro-pop jams tinged with 80’s nostalgia.

Brazil

Luísa Maita, Lero-Lero (Cumbancha) Honey-voiced siren of samba + São Paulo grit = a spare, seductive debut.

Italy

Calibro 35, Ritornano Quelli Di… (Nublu) Groovy 1970’s Italian-cop-film sound tracks, giddily intrepreted.

Eritrea

Asmara All Stars, Eritrea’s Got Soul (Outhere) Vintage Abyssinian soul-jazz-funk from long-isolated Eritrean musicians.

Spain

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.

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