FOLKSTEP : MEET SHAZALAKAZOO!

Finally, you get to meet SHAZALAKAZOO !

I’ve been in touch with these guys for at least 3 years since I first heard their unique brand of Elektro Balkan music that they were doing back then.  I’ve tried on countless times to get something rolled out about them on this blog but man they’ve been busy and weren’t sure about the whole blog and free download culture.

Finally, they’re here, better late than never!

Milan from the band sent me the new album “SPEAKING BALKANIAN” and man it’s a beauty, def one of the best balkan fusion albums you’ll ever hear.

One of the standout tracks for me is one called “SARMAGEDDON” which is like a Balkan “KILL BILL!”

They call the music on their new album FOLKSTEP!

What is FOLKSTEP?

Our Folkstep is fully computerised music, with the prevailing electronic rhythm and bass line patterns. This basic rhythm structure is overlaid with either folk samples or folklore-inspired themes played using MIDI controllers and/or vinyl scratching. These rhythms, harmonies and melodies are a unique blend. Their origins lie in various Slavic, Gypsy, Vlach, Greek, Romanian and Albanian streaks, or in cultures having substantial influence in the region – Persian, in the Arab world, Turkophone and Francophone worlds, German and Italian-speaking cultures, and finally in Anglo-American global culture which, among other things, brings echoes of cultures distant to the Balkans.

The intention of the Folkstep is simple: it is not meant to be art; it is simple entertainment like the music of its countless predecessors – an important pastime, faithfully accompanying the inhabitants of the Balkan peninsula throughout its turbulent history, in good or bad times alike. This music only kept changing its outer shell, embracing the ongoing evolution of popular instruments, harmonic and rhythmical influences of any current era. Its essence, however, remained the same: less talking, more dancing, and tomorrow is a new day. Some other influence, some other form to embrace. So let’s dance!

I would love to hear a collaboration between these guys and SCHLACHTHOFBRONX, I think there could be a unique and awesome meeting of minds and genres between these two bands…who knows it might just happen…watch this space….

Here’s some more offiicial info about the band and then you can download something below:

BACKGROUND:

Making electronic music since 1998; performing it live since 2000.

The richness and diversity of cultural heritage in the Balkans are indisputable. The peninsula has been crisscrossed with ancient and modern trade and military routes, allowing for the possibility of cultural exchange between East and West, North and South alike. The region is teeming with influences of various origin intertwined with strong autochthonous traditions going back to immemorial time.

The music of the Balkans is eclectic. Ancient and distinctive melodies were originally played with native instruments, such as primitive woodwinds, reed and clay instruments or percussion. In early medieval times, string instruments, such as lutes and stringed gusle came from Persia through Arab, Turkic and Byzantine worlds. Old musical scales remained almost intact, only the sound altered. With industrial age in the nineteenth century, European instruments – fiddle, clarinet and accordion – came to the Balkans from the northwest. The twentieth century continued this innovative trend with saxophone, which was followed by synthesizers and various kinds of electronic instruments in its second half. Finally, we have computer-programmed folk music, which often uses the very same ancient melodic scales once played in the murky depths of history.

Shazalakazoo tracks were released at various compilations: Watcha Clan – Diaspora Remixed (Piranha Records, Germany), [dunkelbunt] – Kebab Connection (CKP Records, Germany), Belgrade Coffeeshop (B92, Serbia), Mute Magazine (Fallout Records, UK), Bombardiranje New Yorka (Listen Loudest Records, Croatia) and Media Mediterranea (Metamedia, Croatia).

FREE TRACK DOWNLOAD:
Shazalakazoo – Southern Railroad by shazalakazoo

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YOU CAN STREAM ALL TRACKS FROM THE ALBUM HERE:
Latest tracks by shazalakazoo

5 comments

  • Jurgen January 15, 2010

    they rocks!

  • nejc January 18, 2010

    Shazalakazoo is amazing!

  • Pathaan January 18, 2010

    Top original skanking balkan vibez

  • binghi (banda arkan) January 18, 2010

    haha! hooray! push the button!

  • kusaez January 19, 2010

    zaebis muzon!

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