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Nu Med [Import]

Balkan Beat Box Audio CD
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Combining assorted flavours from all around the Mediterranean with solid rock+reggae foundations, this New York-based band are one of the electro/world sensations of the last three years.

Although the media have associated them with the so-called Gypsy Rock movement, their roots are reaching way beyond that: they blends Greek guitars, Arab & Bulgarian guest singers, Balkanoid horns ... Read more in Amazon's Balkan Beat Box Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (21 May 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Jdub
  • ASIN: B000OZ2COI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Keep 'Em Straight (Intro) 1:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hermetico 5:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Habibi Min Zaman 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. BBBeat 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Digital Monkey 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Balcasio 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Pachima 5:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Quand Est-Ce Qu'on Arrive 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mexico City 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Delancy 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Joro Boro 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Gypsy Queens 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. $20 For Boban 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Baharim (Outro) 1:540.99  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bright, breezy, and Balkan. 9 Aug 2007
Format:Audio CD
Want to know why Balkan music is sweeping the world's dancefloors at the moment?
Just have a blast of Nu-Med and all will be revealed. BB seem to be following in the great seventies Two Tone tradition of united races...Israelis, Moroccans, Bulgarians, arabs, jews all kinds of influences clashing gloriously together in a massive rocking party: make music, have a ball and break down divides.

There is a refreshing lack of pretension to this sound, an invigorating blend of virtuoso musicianship, bizarre time signatures, an anarchic collision of east/west/old/new instrumentation, and above all, driving grooves. I personally love the mix of old and new. Snake charmer's pipes over beatbox rhythms, accordian, oompah tuba, surf guitar, chunky b-lines, Hip hop sensibilities. A genre-defying collision of mediterranean and eastern european styles in grand sweeping arrangements. The overall effect is hypnotic and driving, forcing the feet to move, the hands to gyrate above the head, and a large toothy grin to spread across the face.

Resistance is futile, get down and get dancin'... huzzah!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dance with a Difference 8 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
After enjoying BBB's first album for a year and a half, I wasn't sure how I'd react to this album but it definitely delivers and is arguably even better, tighter and more varied than the first. This is a band who know who they are and where they're going (far, I suspect).

The blend of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Eastern European influences held together with a strong dance beat, mesmerising horns and surf-style guitar is hypnotic and very, very danceable. At once, an invitation to a joyous party and a call to transcend our cultural and national borders; Nu Med is music that reminds us we can all live (and dance) together peacefully.

There's not a weak track on the whole album, current favourites though are: Hermetico, BBBeat, Digital Monkey and Joro Boro (the return of the Bulgarian Chicks!) This is a brilliant album and one you won't stop listening to anytime soon. And they're even better live!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New med 15 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Just look at the camels parachuting into a striped desert. Who wouldn't want to listen to what's inside?

Well, hopefully lots of people will. East European fusion music is moderately hot right now, with bands like Beirut and Gogol Bordello on the rise. But one of the best ones is Balkan Beat Box, whose second album "Nu Med" further polishes their ethnic hip-hop/rock sound -- it's just a thoroughly colourful, flavourful album.

It opens with a deliciously funky "Keep it Straight," which sounds like an Arabian market being invaded by hip-hop gypsy brass bands. It's followed by the deliciously colourful rap song "Hermetico," riddled with brass blats, handclaps, horses, and a voice telling us, "We're comin' straight through your ears, no complications... here we go, you better listen..."

They follow it with the exotic "Habibi Min Zaman," which sounds like a James Bond soundtrack in the Middle-East, and lead in to a bunch of even better songs: bootyshaking marches, sinuous rap, gypsy music wrapped in electrodance, folksy horn-rock, funky Balkan dance tunes, and colourful folk pop filled with yipping, yowling vocals.

If anything, "Nu Med" is even better than Balkan Beat Box's debut -- it's more polished and melodious, and more relaxed now that they have their sound down. But they don't change much musically, with the core of the music remaining the same: Middle-Eastern and East-European folk music, interwoven with modern dance, rock and hip-hop.

Musically it's a big hodgepodge -- you can hear some steely guitar buried under all the other sounds, which is the most normal part of it.
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