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New Music – Balkan Folk Punk

There seems to be a growing scene based around Balkan, Gypsy sounds.

First up are Edinburgh based Orkestra Del Sol who play what they term “honkstep” music with its roots in the Balkan Beats club scene.

Lung Capacity is the third album by Edinburgh 9-piece Orkestra del Sol, whose explosive reinvention of global brass band music has been capturing imaginations internationally for over six years.

Orkestra del Sol is very much a live experience, as anyone who has seen their inventive performances will testify. With a line up of trumpet, trombone, saxes,clarinet, sousaphone, accordion and two drummers, and vast experience performing at prestigious street arts festivals internationally, Orkestra del Solʼs shows are legendary, full of virtuosic musicianship, wit and energy. It is always a challenge to reproduce something of this onto CD, but Lung Capacity rises to this challenge andconquers it head on.

With its romping eleven original tracks, Lung Capacity delivers on every level – even down to energy and joy that make Orkestra del Sol’s live shows so memorable. With a shared passion for brass band music from all corners of the globe, comparisons have been made to the virtuosic wedding bands of Eastern Europe, the suave street bands of the US and the rebellious brass bands of Latin America.

Theirs however, is a truly exceptional sound and Lung Capacity is a refreshingly original album that will find fans in many places and very possibly the hit from nowhere for the Summer of 2011!

“The Dopper Effect” – Orkestra Del Sol”

To buy the music of Orkestra Del Sol click HERE

Amongst the competition are The Urban Voodoo Machine who are a London based and Norwegian led group of between 9-12 musicians playing guitars, drums, fiddle, trumpet, banjo, washboard, upright bass, gong, mandolin, accordion, harmonicas, saxophone, tuba, sousaphone and even empty bottles & tie racks to build their unique brand of Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll

“With their lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps, some reckon they’re from the same stable of stallions as Tom Waits and Nick Cave; others point out the last gang in town swagger of The Clash and the hellbound blues that John Lee Hooker first dragged out of the swamp”

The band have a new album “In Black ‘n’ Red” out now.

“Go East” – The Urban Voodoo Machine


To buy the music of The Urban Voodoo Machine click HERE

June 1, 2011 - Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Video | ,

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