Music bypasses political agendas, boarder lines, and close minds. It speaks straight to the heart as it moves the body and soul. Here’s a selection of French artists whose styles are influenced by Balkan and Global music. Hopefully this showcases the real cultural fusion that is taking place in the streets, clubs and studios in France and the rest of the world.
Cheers to the Roma and the Southeastern European whose music we love and enjoy so much!!
Watcha Clan, the multi-instrument multi-genre cross-cultural electronic band, is working on their upcoming 7th album which is due in Spring, 2011, and our ears tell us is as good as gold, so in the meantime let’s enjoy some Balkan remixes off their 6th release, Diaspora Remixed.
This Balkan Xpress remix features more brass instruments, a cleaner version of the electro-noise synth, a fun vocodor plan on the vocals, and overall an up-beat lift to the original. This tune is sure to create a great response on the dancefloor, check it out! Tchiribim (Balkan Xpress remix) by Watcha Clan
Flore drops a massive remix of Benjamin Vial‘s empire track transforming it into a Balkan beat banger while keeping it slightly broken like the original beat. This tune will satisfy a diverse dance crowd and the global bass lovers.
This track of his caught my attention with its flowing revolutionary spanish lyrics, and Drum & Bass / Dub / Galactic / Instrumental rhythm. Especially that horn riff. Check it out:
M’siou Rigolitch creates an enourmous mash up between Boban Markovic and Daft Punk to which he calls: Boban Markologic.
According to his facebook page (with a little help from google translate) M’siou Rigolitch is a Keyboardist & trombonist in several bands (WAK, Ganesa, Bizness, Skayala, Third State …) for almost 10 years, M’siou Rigolitch starts now “solo”.
[He has] always been very interested in traditional music from around the world, his current project combines the Balkan music to contemporary music. A real swagger and electronic rock, klezmer melodies are based on hip-hop, with the brass of Drum’n’Bass …
The track got great response on soundcloud, and is available for HQ WAV download here.http://www.multiupload.com/QSTJFVS5JW
Here’s something really good from the French Government – no release date yet, but you will sure want it as it comes out! They call it Ethnictronica naming the song Balkanize Me – enjoy: