Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Electric Gypsyland I

The Crammed label has asked some of today's most interesting electronic music producers from the UK, Brazil, France, Turkey, the US, Yugoslavia, Chile, Germany and Belgium to create their own reinterpretation of tracks by Crammed's leading Balkan Gypsy bands such as Taraf de Haïdouks, Koçani Orkestar & newcomers Mahala Rai Banda. @

It's no surprise that remixers would get around to gypsy music--it's a tradition filled with great melodies and dancing rhythms that are ripe for harvest. Featuring source material from the great Taraf de Haïdouks, Koçani Orkestar, and Mahala Rai Banda, this collection was originally put together by the folks at the well-regarded Crammed Disc label, which is home to an impressive array of modern electronic and world music artists. The 15 production teams here come from all points on the globe; but, with the exception of Arto Lindsay and Melvin Gibb's dark experimental take on Haïdouk's "Murgur Mugurel," much of it has a driving rhythmic appeal that will draw people (gypsy music fan or not) on to the dance floor. The production skills are impressive as well, re-imagining these folk songs into vibrant kaleidoscopes of sound. Definitely not an album for gypsy music purists, this is a fine new 21st century vision of the genre we thought we knew. Amazon

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1. Carolina - Bucovina Club Vs. Taraf De Haidouks
2. L'Orient Est Rouge - Lightening Head Vs. Kocani Orkestar
3. Usti, Usti Baba - Senor Coconut Vs. Kocani Orkestar
4. Dumbala Dumba - DJ Dolores Vs. Taraf De Haidouks
5. Iest Sexy - Shantel Vs. Mahala Rai Banda
6. Cind Eram La '48 - Juryman Vs. Taraf De Hairdouks
7. Siki, Siki Baba - Gaetano Fabri Vs. Kocani Orkestar
8. Cuculetsu - Bumcella Vs. Taraf De Hairdouks
9. L'Orient Est Roots - Bigga Bush Vs. Kocani Orkestar
10. Fantasia For Clarinet - Modern Quartet Vs. Kocani Orkestar
11. Mugur Mugural - Arto Lindsay & Melvin Gibbs Vs. Taraf De Hairdouks
12. Siki, Siki Baba - Mercan Dede Vs. Kocani Orkestar
13. Are You Gypsified? (Megamix) - Kocani Orkestar
14. A La Turk - Cop & Thief Vs. Taraf De Hairdouks
15. Cudna Zena - Modern Quartet Vs. Kocani Orkestar


  1. Thank You for this one! Do like the other stuff too, i think.
    Greetings from Germany!

  2. I feel like a little girl in a candy store :P:P:P:P Thank you very much.