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Various Artists / Balkan Beats Vol. 3
Album:Balkan Beats Vol. 3 Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:07/2009
Label:Eastblok Music 

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Add Date:2009-07-19 Pull Date:2009-09-20 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:20 Sep13 Sep6 Sep30 Aug23 Aug16 Aug9 Aug2 Aug
Airplays:12233343

Recent Airplay
1.Fri, 14 Dec 18:Hopper
Popping and Hopping demo
4.Thu, 04 Oct 12:ETN
The Doldrummer
2.Sat, 28 Dec 13:Eme O
Music Casserole
5.Sat, 22 Sep 12:ETN
Bouge Mood
3.Thu, 08 Nov 12:ETN
The Doldrummer
6.Sat, 20 Aug 11:Sadie O.
New World Disorder

Album Review
Sadie O.
Reviewed 2009-07-18 
Compilation of recent Gypsy brass/modern mashups from the Balkans. Fine illustrations all of how going through a collective rough patch can inspire a lot of mad lust-for-life joyous expression. I guess the Roma have been practicing that for centuries, so it shouldn’t be a surprise – but this stuff is just NUTS. If you’re feeling depressed, plunk down on any track. If you’re feeling happy, dance til your butt is numb. Opa!
No FCCs – little in English anyway. I like 7, 9, 10, 13 best, but even stuff with just two stars is GREAT.
1. 4:40 ** Ooom-pah Gypsy brass band music, gorgeous female vocals. I’m seeing this as a drinking song – Opa! NB: it may be ooom-pah, but these guys can PLAY…
2. 3:38 ***uptempo romp, a bit gypsy brass, a bit dance mix, smooth male vocals. Infectious and goofy.
3. 3:53 ***more manic romp with strong bass line, hip hop vocals in English. A smidge of dancehall, for good measure.
4. 3:49 **very trad sounding intro, gets a heavier bottom end, midtempo march with fine female vocals.
5. 4:40 ***remix of an ooom-pah disco track from Shantel’s album – midtempo with lots of bounce. Dueling trumpets.
6. 3:59 **sweet little (Caribbean-sounding) guitar & bongos, rather drunk sounding male vocals. Notable for odd vocalizations in the backing chorus, and kids.
7. 5:18 ****goofy spoken intro in English, then syncopated midtempo club cut with bits of accordion and happy little farts. Turns into an even mashup of gypsy brass and club mix. Cool!
8. 4:48 ***spoken intro with cheers, then uptempo gypsy brass parade music with gorgeous traditional female vocals, a bit of dub. Seems to have the same sort of feel as Carnival samba.
9. 3:24 *****completely MAD hyperspeed romp with insane vocals.
10. 4:05 ****reggae??! With gypsy brass. Gnarly! Also completely bonkers. Elements from EVERYWHERE. Yay!
11. 3:12 **hyperspeed acoustic guitar, nonsense vocals. Sort of a merengue, somehow.
12. 3:18 ***midtempo disco instrumentals with bongos and sax. This really has no right whatsoever to be this groovy.
13. 4:09 ****oooh, what is this… midtempo spaghetti western ska, I guess. Jolly male vocals. Ends with carousel music, and why not?
14. 3:42 ***high speed ooom-pah, with drunk/dramatic male and female vocals. More utter madness.
15. 4:23 **beautiful female wailing and Spanish guitar for a minute, then more uptempo madness with guitar and violin and Opa!


Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Slavic Soul Party Opa Cupa
2.Magnifico Ubicu Te
3.Kiril Feat Mc Wasp & Rucl Jungle Shadow
4.Watcha Clan Balkan Qoulou
5.Shantel & Boban Markovic Orkestar Disko (Friends Of Boban Mix)
6.Little Cow Viragok A Reten
7.Ot Azoj Klezmer Band Turkish Honga (Streamer & Mps Pilot Remix)
8.Max Pashm Manea-K
9.Parno Graszt Drunk Of Sorrow
10.Slonovski Bal Moscow Fever
11.Damian And Brothers Hopai Diri Da
12.Al Jawala Heymischer Bulgar (Garage Mix 2004)
13.Figli Di Madre Ignota Nema Problema Tourist
14.No Smoking Orchestra, The Dobrila
15.Romengo Naj Me Shela