O.M.F.O. / Trans Balkan Express
Album:Trans Balkan Express Collection:World
Artist:O.M.F.O. Added:May 2005
Label:Essay Recordings 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2005-06-05 Pull Date:2005-08-07 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Aug 7Jul 31Jul 24Jul 3Jun 26Jun 19Jun 12

Recent Airplay
1.Aug 05, 2005:The Dog and Pony show
Tixi Rock
4.Jul 22, 2005:The Dog and Pony Show
Gutsul Electro
2.Jul 29, 2005:The Dog and Pony Show
Trans Balkan Express
5.Jul 22, 2005:No Cover, No Minimum
Drimba 'n' Bass
3.Jul 26, 2005:At the Caffe Bohemian
6.Jul 19, 2005:waxed dogs and sexy ponys
Trans Balkan Express

Album Review
Don Farrell
Reviewed 2005-06-06 

Sounds when a Casio keyboard is transported out into the provinces.( Central Asia, the Caucasus, Siberia, Rumanian Ukraine border region). Electronically enhanced Drimba (mouth harp),domra ( short necked lute), gajda ( sort of bagpipe) & an accordion. Single handedly recorded by German Popov. Most have a few second low fade at the ends. All are worth a listen.
****1: 4:00 cool railroad sounding percussion, cool bagpipe, a Carpathian Circle Dance. Title is from a Kraftwerk tune. RR sounds.
***2: 3: 34 cool bagpipe, scratching at end. 5 sec. low fade at end.
3: 3: 45. distorted voice, a criminal's song from the Caucasus
****4: 4:02 inspired by a folk tune from Jakutia, breathy vocal chant sounds, cool sound
***5: 2:36 accordion solo Macedonian melody.
****6: 3: 30 cool cool FAST percussion and flute?
7: 2:31 fast perc. accordion solo, horn? Moldovian folk song
8: 5 : 38 slow intro. distorted voice, slow chill out. CUTS out abruptly at end.
9: 3: 04 hammered dulcimer?
****10: 2:08 fast flute/whistle? Cool melody, different ending.
11: 1: 21 accordion solo, Serbian melody.
***12: 1:18 FAST FAST mouth harp
***13: 3: 32 neat big brassy sound a few times
***14: 3: 24 slow very cool dirge.
D Farrell 05/2005

Track Listing
1.Trans Balkan Express 8.Sirtaki on Mars
2.Gutsul Electro 9.Taras
3.Dolia 10.Magic Mamaliga
4.Tixi Rock 11.Chakchak
5.Chupino 12.Drimba 'n' Bass
6.Munteanul 2000 13.Cucoo Dub
7.Money Boney 14.Space Hora Dub