Pick of the Day – June 11th: World Cup edition

Just a few albums with that international touch for everyone.

Mebusas – Blood Brothers (vol. 1)

The only album from this band – some African soul/funk a little to the left of Fela Kuti.  A little tripped out in certain spots, but still super dope, and you have to love that album cover.

Moussa Doumbia – Keleya

Malian R&B/funk, with some interesting vocals – sometimes shouted by the lead and backup singers.  Very strong horns

Suba – Sao Paulo Confessions

My favorite electronic Brazilian album of all time – has been on my playlist since it came out in 2000.

The Streets – Original Pirate Material

This was the first thing that came to my head about England for some reason.  Huge fan of this guy – my proper intro into Brit hip hop.

Mexican Institute of Sound – Mejico Maxico

Loungey, beaty tunes, with a Mexican feel.  Definitely in the Prefuse 73/Shadow/Yppah vein.

Serge Gainsbourg – L’histoire de Melody Nelson

Probably better explain with the Wikipedia version:

Histoire de Melody Nelson is a 1971 concept album by controversial French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg. The Lolita-esque pseudo-autobiographical plot involves the middle-aged Gainsbourg unintentionally colliding his Rolls Royce Silver Ghost into teenage nymphet Melody Nelson’s bicycle, and the subsequent seduction and romance that ensues. Histoire de Melody Nelson is considered by many critics and fans to be Gainsbourg’s most influential and accomplished album.

Super dope in any language….genius stuff.

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