Juana Molina is a singer, songwriter, and actress from Argentina who learned to play the guitar at the age of five. Sung in her native Rioplatense Spanish, Molina’s lyrics are intertwined with complex structures recalling ambient masters Brian Eno, Robert Fripp, and modernist John Cage. While her music features elements of ambient and electronica, her voice is often compared to Björk, Beth Orton, and Lisa Germano. Molina usually writes, mixes tracks, and performs solo, intricately layering sound and rhythms performed on the spot. Spin Magazine states, “[Molina] emits powerful hallucinogenic vibes, creating a slippery soundtrack for the subconscious.”
Curumin, a São Paulo singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist of Spanish and Japanese heritage, was first discovered in September 2005 by hip hop duo Blackalicious while touring in Brazil. Curumin’s music is a head-spinning amalgamation of “música popular Brasileira” (MPB), Brazilian roots, samba-reggae, dub, hip hop, electronica, funk, rock, and pop along with hints of Brazilian jazz and the kind of samba-rock pioneered by Tropicália stars like Jorge Ben and Tim Maia. Curumin is an inspired experimentalist with an innate pop sense who manages to project a unified vision even while ricocheting between hard-funk workouts, tuneful rock anthems, breezy ballads full of soul, and politically charged mashes of dub, rap, funk, and electronica.
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