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BalkanBeats Volume 2


2006 release. Eastblok Music presents the second volume in their BalkanBeats compilation series. What DJ Soko started in the Berlin-Kreuzberg underground has now become an established trademark and a party burner for fans and admirers. BalkanBeats Volume 2 widens the range again: here you'll find artists from 10 different countries; Indian and Asian influences sit next to electronic music and classic gypsy tunes, and so on. DJ Soko seeks to project these new style-crossing trends as well as to acknowledge the purist Balkan sound, just as it is being celebrated at his parties in Berlin. Due to the ever-widening popularity of Balkan beats, masters of their art, like Fanfare Ciocărlia, are by now not only regarded as just another Roma brass ensemble but are respected as internationally-acclaimed musicians. Young DJs and producers in Croatia and Serbia are now more aware of their roots and mix this with crazy new sounds. The Balkans are torn apart, wild and romantic, but able to be a part of modern Europe again, with many talented people who have emigrated to the region. That is why you also find on this compilation artists from the States or from Belgium bringing their own new influences. Some artists have probably not even heard of each other before. Some come from remote villages while others are fully linked up in the capitals. As the borders in Europe disappear and the cultural exchange spans world-wide networks, the music contains less clearly-defined genres. You can find this in abundance in the Balkans. BalkanBeats does not preserve this culture like a museum piece; rather, it puts it on the dancefloor to keep it alive. DJ Soko (Bosnia) and his partner-in-crime Marko (Croatia) don't give a damn where the people on the dancefloor come from. BalkanBeats tries to capture this mix of passion, delicate melancholy, and its very own unique craziness. Includes a 20-page full-color booklet with photos and notes on the artists, and a bonus video. Other artists include: sevdahBABY, Mitsoura, Azis, Karaván & Boban Marković, Kal, !DelaDap, Biber, Besh o droM, Postolar Tripper, Kirill (feat. Vlada Divljan), Romashka, Boban Marković Orkestar, Va Fan Fahre, and Emir Kusturica & No Smoking Orchestra.