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Classic Album Review: Trans-Global Underground | Yes Boss Food Corner

The multi-culti troupe's seventh release delivers world music in the truest sense.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


A small world after all? Not to London multi-culti musical collective Trans-Global Underground. For this septet, it’s a giant planet full of music — and they’re determined to cram as much of it as they can on Yes Boss Food Corner, their seventh album and first since the departure of singer Natacha Atlas.

YBFC is world music in its truest sense, blending classical Indian rhythms, South American percussion, Jamaican dub and reggae, hip-pop bounce, Middle Eastern vocals and melodies (sometimes in a single song) into a poppy, dancable hybrid that marries the disparate tastes without sacrificing any of them. Call it the ultimate example of musical diplomacy. And call Trans-Global Underground a band that could be the house band at every single Folklorama pavilion without raising an eyebrow anywhere.