Gypsy Beats and Balkan Bangers Two
by Various Artists
Released: Jul 2007
Label: Atlantic Jaxx Recordings
If you've been looking for an introduction to the Gypsy-pop craze that's sweeping the world, your search is over. This solid compilation, a collection of originals and remixes from international DJs and Roma artists, spans the gamut of the trend: Kal covers the accordion end of the spectrum, and Delta Dap puts an RnB spin on the Balkan tradition of tight harmonies. Also on the table are dub ([dunkelbunt]), hip-hop (Gipsy.cz) and trance-punk (Haydamaky). And Buscemi's got a bit of everything (even Indian beats and Arab-esque vocals) rolled into one track, the wildly eclectic "Sahib Balkan."
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