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Various Artists Electric Gypsyland Vol. 2

After a wildly successful first edition, this electronic survey of the Balkans is expanded past the realm of Taraf de Haïdouks and Kocani Orkestar. The brass-heavy beats of Eastern Europe are interpreted with great enthusiasm by Balkan Beat Box, Oi Va Voi, Smadj, and, of course, Shantel, the leading producer on the electro-Balkan scene; the hi-hat and kick drum he works into a Taraf dance number adds a tasteful touch. Others are more adventurous, moving into avant-garde territory in their interpretations. A companion CD of originals shows the evolution of the tracks, though both discs are equally fearless.

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