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My Newest Music Crush [Jul. 24th, 2008|11:52 am]
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Like many of my favorite finds, I heard this once randomly -- in this case at Kan Zaman on Haight st -- and just had to find out what it was.

I give you Balkan Beat Box. http://www.balkanbeatbox.com/ has samples.

Sort of, what? Hip-hop influenced reggae/ska with an Arabic horn section. Oh, and Klezmer riffs over dub basslines.

In terms of arrangement and production they remind me of Gogol Bordello, and it turns out that this is not a coincidence, as ex-Bordellian Ori Kaplan leads the line-up. After that, they're a mishmash of international musicians -- and the music totally sounds it. Awesome.