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Product details

  • Audio CD (22 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Circul8tion
  • ASIN: B000FMQU4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Bucovina - Shantel
  2. Mahalageasca [Bucovina Dub]
  3. Bulgarian Chicks - Balkan Beat Box
  4. Balkan Hot Step - N.O.H.A.
  5. James Bond Theme - Fanfare Ciocãrlia
  6. Usti, Usti Baba [Altiplano Mix] - Señor Coconut
  7. Spoitoresa
  8. Hora Andalusia - Fanfare Ciocãrlia
  9. Start Wearing Purple
  10. Mi Bori Sa Korani
  11. Dostlar Bizim Halaya (Come to Dance) - Buzuki Orhan Osman,
  12. Bucovina [Omfo Dub] - Shantel
  13. Mahalageasca [Felix B Jaxxhouz Dubb][*]
  14. Spoitoresa [Russ and Roc Brass and Bass Mix][*]
  15. Bucovina [Felix B Booty Mix][*] - Shantel

Product Description

BBC Review

Russ Jones (Future World Funk DJ) and Felix Buxton (half of Basement Jaxx), have assembled this unstable blend, both providing some bonus remixes of their own.

When Gilles Peterson levitated the entire 2005 Big Chill gathering with N.O.H.A.'s "Balkan Hot Step", we knew that lolloping gypsy village brass had finally gone overground.As well asfusioneers like DJ Shantel and Balkan Beat Box, the authentic veterans are represented by Romania's Fanfare Ciocarlia and the Macedonian Kocani Orkestar, the latter tussling with novelty electronicist Senor Coconut.

Sometimes, the marching programmed beats can be a touch insistent, but the wild wedding band vitality always remains untamed. A waddling sousaphone can easily deliver the lowest possible bassline, invariably topped by swarming brass hyperactivity. --Martin Longley

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Gypsy punk and Balkan pop has gotten new attention in the past few years, with the emergence of bands like Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box and Beirut. Some of the best of this little folk-rock genre are included in "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers," which includes a few bands you might have heard of, and some you certainly haven't.

On the more traditional side of things, we have the horn-led dance tunes of Shantel's "Bucovina," both the original and the souped up, synth-edged "Felix B Booty Mix," and the rousing, trumpety "Hora Andalusia." Balkan Beat Box produces one of the best songs in the languorous shimmy of "Bulgarian Chicks," but "Dostlar Bizim Halaya (Come to Dance)" is too loose and uncertain to go anywhere.

But there are some less conventional numbers: Fanfare Ciocarlia give their own breathless interpretation of the James Bond theme, and Mahala Rai Banda produce a tight, booty-shaking tune in "Spoitoresa." Gogol Bordello stands out as the only real ROCK number on here, with the bizarre, delightfully wacky "Start Wearing Purple," which is one of the album's highlights.

And finally we have the least traditional of all -- the remixes, which are mostly delightful, even dancier and more complex than the originals, without losing that folky edge, such as the wonky "Mahalageasca (Felix B Jaxxhse Dubb)," and action-film-ready "Spoitoresa (Russ & Roc Brass & Bass Mix)." The one flop remix is "Bucovina (OMFO Dub)," which sounds like the musicians are seriously stoned.

It's easy to mistake "Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers" for one band, just diddling around with different styles. Most of the songs here (with the exception of a few like "Start Wearing Purple") have a lot in common musically, with many of the same instruments and similar melodies.
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Surprisingly infectious dancefloor stormers from the Balkans. DJ's Russ Jones and Felix B have unearthed these discs on their travels, and they make you forget your preconceptions and stomp along to the pacy oompah beats. Yes these tunes are unmistakeably Eastern European in origin, imagine a Romanian wedding band on E's. The collection is given nice variety, with excursions into Rai, Mariachi, and other exotica. The compilers have included their more club-friendly remixes of a number of tunes as bonus tracks. I defy anyone to remain still with some of these babies pounding through a big system... quality ... no really!
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I bought this disk for myself, after hearing a song on an Internet stream.
Surprisingly it has become my 4-year-old son's favourite music in the world!
All his friends love to dance to it, too.
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This is a great cd - great for get togethers when you want some background music - I defy anyone not to end up moving to the beat in some interesting or exotic way!
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Good selection of tracks with both traditional and contemporary beats fused resulting in an interesting mix.
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