CRAMMED | LC 08689 | www.crammed.be // (c)/(p) 2008 Crammed Discs
released April 16, 2008 Crammed
Most of the tracks are fresh remixes derived from BBB's acclaimed 2007 album Nu Med (for "New Mediterranean", a title which is both a musical and a cultural/political statement). Featured remixers include Dub Gabriel, Nickodemus (both from Brooklyn), Italy's Stefano Miele, UBK (aka BBB and Boom Pam guitarist Uri Kinrot), as well as three as-yet-unknown producers who submitted reworks to a Balkan Beat Box remix contest: Mr Tunes, Cheffy Chef and Puzzel. The band themselves created their own remixes of Habibi Min Zaman and Joro Boro.
26-minute film is directed by Elsa Dahmani, documenting a special event put together by Balkan Beat Box in Tel Aviv in February 2008. After years of performing around Europe and the USA (where the band was formed), this was the band's first large-scale show in the country most of them grew up in. For this circus-like show, the band's 6-member line-up was augmented by a host of guests including Kurdish and Bulgarian folk musicians & singers, as well as ex-Minimal Compact guitarist/singer Berry Sakharof for a version of a Greek pop tune from the '60s.
video for Hermetico, based on footage shot in various festivals
World music, electronica, funk, dub
Balkan Beat Box (BBB) is an American-Israeli musical group founded by Tamir Muskat, Ori Kaplan of Firewater and Big Lazy, and now including Tomer Yosef as a core member.
The group plays Mediterranean-influenced music that incorporates Balkan and Middle eastern traditions, Gypsy punk, and electronica. As a musical unit they often collaborate with a host of other musicians both in the studio as well as live
Tomer Yosef - lead vocals, percussion, samples
Ori Kaplan - saxophone
Tamir Muskat - drums, percussion, programming