Balkan Beat Box, Afrolicious Soundsystem

Balkan Beat Box, Afrolicious Soundsystem

Photo by Ziv Sade Balkan Beat Box

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The Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA  90069
310-276-6168
“A new prophet has got a new flow,” Balkan Beat Box singer Tomer Yosef declares on “Chin Chin,” from the New York band’s fifth album, Shout It Out. He could be describing the group’s restless combination of disparate musical styles, from traditional Eastern European and Jewish folk to hard, electronic hip-hop rhythms and jazzy experimentation. Drummer Tamir Muskat used to play with Firewater, as did saxophonist Ori Kaplan, who was also in Gogol Bordello for a spell, but they take off into an even more madly eclectic combination of influences in Balkan Beat Box. An eerie cut like “Mad Dog (Chaser)” comes off more like an atmospheric, austere soundscape compared with the group’s typically busy mélange of funky beats and interplay of sassy horns.
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