Gypsy Betas & Balkan Bangers
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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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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.Read more ›
Surprisingly it has become my 4-year-old son's favourite music in the world!
All his friends love to dance to it, too.