While I am in the middle of my world music rants I might as well get this one out there too. Over the last couple of months I have been unearthing my gypsy roots and found myself busting out the moves to a lot of Balkan beats. The sound its self has seen a huge surge in popularity over the last year or so with artists like Gogol Bordello who appeared alongside Madonna at last years Live 8 concert and Balkan Beat Box who played Dun Laoghaire World Culture Festival recently all gaining worldwide acclaim. It's easy to see why too, I defy anyone to not dance to this.
Gogol Bordello are probably the biggest band of the scene right now but I prefer the less vocal stuff (although Gogol definitely earn brownie points for naming a song 'Think Locally, Fuck Globally'). The the two tracks below are particular favourites, you may recognise the first one from a sample used by Andrew Weatherall in his Sabres of Paradise project back in the 90's.
Crookers are getting in on the act now too with their accordion riddled track Gypsy P. The guys over on Atlantic Jaxx also put together a compilation of the stuff a while back too, definitly worth a look.
Watch out for a climaXXX gypsy set coming very soon.
Shantel - Bucovina
Balkan Beat Box - Bulgarian Chicks
Crookers - Gypsy P
Sabres Of Paradise - Wilmot