Kiril feat. Ras Tweed & Esma
Kiril Dzajkovski is a musician born in Macedonia, best known for his solo releases combining Macedonian ethnic music and electronica. In addition to his solo albums, Kiril is one of the most sought-after composers for film, television and theatre in the Balkans.
Anima Sound System
Anima Sound System is a Hungarian electronic band founded in 1993. They are one of the first and most important Hungarian electronic acts, a unique fusion of Eastern-European folk music and modern electronic styles. The band has released records on Mole Listening Pearls, Hungaroton and EMI.. They worked together with numerous featured guest artists, such as Asian Dub Foundation, Transglobal Underground and many Roma musicians. They are one the most innovative Hungarian bands. Here they collaborate with their countrymen Goulasch Exotica on this exclusive, unreleased Balkan bash.
Valentino Vallente Balkan Project
Composer, producer, dj – Valentino Vallente is a jack of all trades and thus exactly represents that gypsy spirit of talented improvising and creating.
Goulasch Exotica feat. EtnoRom
Goulasch Exotica was originally a fusion of 3 Hungarian DJs (Jutasi, Nafta, Suefo) and a multi-instrumentalist (Maszkura) who plays accordion, jew’s-harp, etc. They push a unique freestyle mix from jazz-funk-hip-hop-swing-dub-electro-break with a Balkan twist and lots of samples. Later some other musicians joined the DJ’s on violin, tin-can and viola as well as a singer joining the formation. Since then, they have had two different projects – the original dj version as Goulasch DJs and a live band called Goulasch Exotica. Their exciting debut album has just been released.
Making electronic music since 1998, performing it live since 2000, these two Belgrade DJ’s have made themselves a name rocking various European clubs and festivals. Their style, called folkstep is a unique blend of computerised music, folk samples and vinyl scratching melting rhythms, harmonies and melodies. Out comes a very tight and dynamic sound. This is almost like Balkan techno in a good sense: folk music with a Prodigy attitude.
Leni Kravac aka Matija Jasarov started getting involved with music by learning piano at the age of six. That wasn’t enough for him, so he picked up the bass guitar and played in three local bands until moving to the UK to attend the ACM music academy. He focused on music production, being shown the ropes by the likes of Phil Ramacon and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Coincidently he ended up with the d’n’b live band Dust 21. His love for drum and bass has led to more electronic music production. When returning to Slovenia he joined the crew Sinkronics and started to play around with live dj-ing. He fills his time with remix work and doing live programming for numerous bands. Today his music is a unique amalgam of Balkan roots, drum and bass and brass.
Thanks to spectacular live performances and a successful album with Jewish, Balkan and most of all Mediterranean grooves, French Watcha Clan have over the past years earned themselves a top position in the field of modern world music crossover. Their hit Balkan Quoulou from Balkanbeats 3, is here being taken to another club level by turntable wizards Shazalakazoo from Serbia. Shazalakazoo single-handedly invented a genre called folkstep on their debut album. They mix traditional Balkan folk with dubstep and sometimes almost techno. Their motto is Less talking, more dancing, and tomorrow is a new day. Thus they turn the proud Balkan Quoulou into a hypnotic club hit.
Fagget Fairys is the story of the Bosnian Ena, who as a 1-year-old baby emigrated together with her parents from war-struck Yugoslavia to Denmark. In her youth she succeeded as a handball player and fête model and with less success, as drop out of High School. It’s safe to say she is the black sheep of her Muslim family. At 17 she met DJ Sensimilla aka Carla Cammilla Hjort. One night at a club she fell hard for the DJ ten years her senior and two and a half years later they got married and released their explosive debut album in autumn 2009. ’Feed the Horse’ was recorded in New York with Rasmus Bille Baenche as producer. He is one of the most talented pop-producers with Backstreet Boys and Elton John credits under his belt. Still ’Feed the Horse’ has become something as unique as a hardcore club album with lots of catchy riffs and variation on the melodies. Thank God, Edna has also remembered her Balkan roots. They are so damn smartly wrapped up in cool beats on ‘Oci’, though, that one rather thinks of Santigold or M.I.A.
Kottarashky is a 21st century digital master musician with his hands sunk deep in the past -vintage Balkan field recordings; classic jazz and blues, psychedelic sounds, club beats and extraordinary, archetypal Gypsy voices, guttural shouts and lyrical laments are all molded and thrown into new shapes. Kottarashky is an architect by vocation, which perhaps explains the palpable sense of place in his music. Summer trips to small villages and the marginal regions of Bulgaria were key source of inspiration for the songs on his debut album.
Dobranotch & DJ Click
This international band consists of musicians from Russia, Moldova and Lebanon and play music inspired by traditions of these countries. Founded in 1997 in Nantes (France) by some Russian musicians, Dobranotch moved down to Saint-Petersburg (Russia) to find the new line up. For the last few years they have toured extensively all over Europe. Their new material, entitled “In The East The Sun Decides All” is a mixture of Klezmer, Balkan and oriental influences played with charm and energy and is to be released soon. Compared to their previous material you can hear some
As we at Eastblok are fans of Stefano Miele, we approached him for BALKAN GROOVES. We couldn’t decide which track to take. Then we came across the video with Kusturica footage for this tune ‘I was drunk’ by someone called Riva Starr. We took that one, but only when we got the bio from the label, we realized that Riva Starr is Stefano Miele!
[dunkelbunt] & Cloud Tissa
The Viennese Ulf Lindemann a/k/a [dunkelbunt] combines the many facets and faces of Southeast European music with various stylistic elements of electronic- and world music. The results of these efforts are fusions Lindemann calls Balkan-Dub or simply Balkan-Electronics!
Imam Baildi & DJ Panko
Imam Baildi were formed in 2005 by brothers Orestis and Lysandros Falireas, who started sampling and remixing Greek tunes of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. They found probably the best Rembetiko record collection in the world, belonging to their father. Imam’s sound is like injecting a Greek band of the 1950’s into a modern sound system. To begin with, take samples from old Greek tunes and Balkan music. Base them on a solid rhythm section and sampled hip hop, rumba and samba beats. Mix all that with Balkan sax, clarinet and trumpet. Spice it up with rembetiko inspired bouzouki parts and gipsy guitar riffs and you get a splendid debut album, so far only released in Greece and Turkey. On BALKAN GROOVES we exclusively present a remix done by dj Panko of Spain’s Ojos de Brujo fame.
Mere Mortals feat. Mara
Dan Handrabur is the mastermind behind Shukar Collective from Romania. For more than twenty years he has been making music, mixing the folk roots of his native land with his know how as electronic musician and producer. Besides the successful Shukar Collective once in a while he re-activates his other project Mere Mortals. Under this moniker he has already released two records. The down-tempo side-project reflects his otherworldly and indigenous influences. The result of these explorations has brought about a richly distinct dub’n’bass flavored sound that often glides between the worlds of pop substance and avant-garde electronics.
La Caravane Electro
The music of the French La Caravane Electro is a fusion of electro and Gipsy music, a concept they call “Tziganotronic”, where traditional music (from India-Pakistan to Eastern Europe) and electronic beats create an original sonic atmosphere.
Since 2003 DJ Beatshock has been throwing Balkantronika parties in Berlin where he plays Balkan music mixed with modern electro sounds. He also played at big festivals in Germany and started to produce his own music. Today Balkantronika Production has six members who come from distinguished music styles.
Basadub was set up in 2008 by the Serb DJ BADRE and the Moroccan DJ BADRE. In 2009 they were joined by DJ REXNON, the youngster of the project. The direction was clear from the beginning ‘balkanicus musica influenca’ – as they call it.
Every member has got a lot of experience. SALETICO comes from the flamenco, latino and Balkan scene, DJ BADRE contributes the Arabian part as an internationally booked DJ and DJ REXNON has also got a good reputation as a DJ in the Dortmund area.
Their sound is made for the club, but they spice it up with a lot of Balkan brass. Add a dash of house music and some reaggaton beats and you get an idea of BASADUB!