Album: Choc Quib Town, Oro (World Connection)

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The backbone of this Afro-Colombian trio's music is hip-hop, but the beats have a thrilling elasticity so often lacking in the genre.

And despite the potential language barrier of most of the absurdly catchy songs being in Spanish, this debut album's vibrant mix of ragga, funk and various Colombian and Latin roots styles makes it one of the most immediately appealing chunks of crossover hip-hop since The Score: Refugee Camp by the Fugees. Sexy, tough and compellingly bouncy.