Balkan Versatility

Various Artists

Balkan Grooves (Eastblok Music EBM 016CD2010)

In recent years, Berlin has become the gateway to the music of the Balkans and other parts of Eastern Europe. On the CD Balkan Grooves, the Eastblok label has collected some of the finest musicians and remixers involved in the hybridization of Balkan music.

Lower production costs allowed electronic musicians and Balkan DJs to interact and record with traditional musicians from the Balkans. A lot of music out there is never released officially although some of it occasionally makes it to vinyl for specialists and collectors. Balkan Grooves introduces the listener to some of the most exiting fusions, where brass bands meet drum’n’bass, and traditional Gypsy folk meets electronic ambience. The album includes four exclusive pieces.

The cutting edge artists featured include Vienna’s dunkelbunt, Stefano Miele (aka Riva Starr) from Italy, Bosnian-Danish project Fagget Fairys, Berliner Valentino Valente, Dobranotch from St. Petersburg (Russia) and DJ Click from Paris (France) who exchange files between East and West, Watcha Clan (France) remixed by Shazalakazoo (Serbia), Kiril (Macedonia) with rocker Hi-Fi, Leni Kravac from Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Kottarashky of Sofia (Bulgaria).

Balkan Grooves is a powerful collection by the trend makers in the new Balkan music scene.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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