Futureworld (Rhythm & Culture Music, 2014)
Futureworld is one of the most exciting albums I’ve heard so far in 2014. It’s the latest recording by Washington, DC DJ/producer, Thomas Blondet. Futureworld showcases global electronica or world music-infused electronic dance music (EDM) at its best.
The album is packed with irresistible electronic beats and fabulous guest appearances, representing a wide range of cross-pollinating musical influences: Jamaican dub, Middle Eastern melodies, Indian music, Balkan tunes, etc.
Although the entire recording deserves attention, highlights include the outstanding opening track ‘Chan Ve’ where Jamaican reggae legend Monsoon meets the Indian vocals of Tina M. Track 2 is equally remarkable. It has a Natacha Atlas air to it, with beautiful Arabic melodies and the Spanish language vocals of Carol C (of SiSe). Other goodies include ‘Dil Da Jahi’ with Tina M, and the unexpected electro-Croatian sounds of ‘Savo Vodo’ featuring Fillip Novosel.
Overall, Futureworld presents first-rate electronic dance music and dub with a global flavor.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.