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Eddy Meets Yannah Once in a While

It's tempting to tag Croatian group Eddy Meets Yannah as Balkan broken beat, since the Zagreb-based duo begs for alliteration and easy pigeonholing. But that would imply a sense of exoticism that just isn't evident on the group's slick sophomore album, Once in a While. Rather, Jana Valdevit and Eddy Ramich create effervescent tracks that seem like direct descendants of the jumpy, jazz-inflected strain of British beats. The pneumatic basslines, subtle flourishes of sub-tropical sounds, syrupy strings, and fluttering vocals are enveloping, if occasionally bland. Jana's singing tends to frolic rather than get sultry, gleefully skipping across songs rather than really burning into your memory. But the punchy beats provide ample reasons for funky downtempo fans to head East.

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