This 36-track various-artist mix is a deftly spliced slice of internationally flavored hip-hop, trip-hop, dubstep and drum ’n’ bass that veers through multiple tempos and time zones. On the album, mixmaster Maga Bo winds through an intoxicating journey of grimy, intercontinental rhythms, demonstrating his gifts not only as a DJ but also a producer.
Weaving expertly fused and matched beats, Maga Bo blends the dubstep rhythms of UK’s Slaughter Mob seamlessly into his own Middle-Eastern flavored breakbeat creation “Nakhil” (featuring Moroccan MC K-Libre)—all within the span of a few minutes. From this point he shifts into a hip-hop number by Brazilian rapper Black Alien, only to switch it up a few minutes later with a full-on careening drum ’n’ bass assault. The album moves to and fro like so in tempo and style, with Maga Bo’s solo tracks the most impressive of the mix. His elastic beats are peppered by field recordings of various world musical forms including (but not limited to) Brazilian Batucada and Capoeira, as well as Algerian Rai.
Confusion of Tongues is an awe-inspiring and refreshing take on DJ mix albums, proving Maga Bo’s ability to cross-pollinate worldly sounds with a wide variety of electronic dance music. (Ira Sather-Olson)