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Nickodemus' 'Wonder World' review: Long Island native finds the groove

Bay Shore native Nickodemus' album

Bay Shore native Nickodemus' album "Wonder World: 10 Years of Painting Outside the Lines." Photo Credit: Wonderwheel Recordings

BOTTOM LINE

A decade under the influence of eclectic grooves.

Nickodemus really can find a groove anywhere.

To prove it, the Bay Shore native, best known for his long-running Turntables on the Hudson party series, collects some of his most potent dance-floor-fillers on "Wonder World: 10 Years of Painting Outside the Lines" (Wonderwheel).

He blends Brooklyn and Eastern-European rhythms on the charming "Brookarest" featuring Tarafs de Haidouks. He puts his own powerful spin on Afro-pop with "Back from Africa," and old-school hip-hop with "Give the Drummer Some." However, Nickodemus is at his best when he blends a great party vibe with world beats and a house groove, as he does on the good-time "Funky in the Middle" and "Under the Volcano."

Nickodemus celebrates his album release at Louie and Chan, 303 Broome St., Manhattan, at 9 p.m. March 12.

THE GRADE B+

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