Exclusive Daily Download: "Disco Connection," Lord Rhaburn

Published November 18, 2005 8:01AM (EST)

The latest from the Numero Group reissue label is "Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up," a collection of Belizean pop from the late '60s and '70s that mixes reggae, R&B, funk and more with the alternative-universe feel peculiar to the output of cultural backwaters, allowing a glimpse of a different channel along which popular music could potentially have evolved. The compilation, which is as impeccably curated and presented as all previous Numero Group releases, opens with this instrumental track from Lord Rhaburn, described in the liner notes as so important to Belizean music that "short of some imaginary combination of Elvis and James Brown, he has no North American equivalent." From the first crackling high-hat hits to the almost synthesized sounding bubble of an electric organ, it's a crate digger's wet dream -- tight, imaginative and full of fire.

By Salon Staff

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