- Released: May 20, 2008
- Label: Jdub Records
Entertainment Weekly - No. 847, p.87
"...Eastern-bloc inspired techno grooves seemingly fueled by Manischewitz and a big dose of punk 'tude...." - Grade: B+
- 1.Cha Cha
- 2.Bulgarian Chicks
- 3.Adir Adirim
- 4.9/4 the Ladies
- 6.Ya Man
- 8.Sunday Arak
- 9.Hassan's Mimuna
- 11.La Bush Resistance
Personnel: Itamar Ziegler (guitar); Ori Kaplan (woodwinds, saxophone); Dana Leong (trumpet, trombone); Tamir Muskat (percussion, programming).
Audio Mixer: Tamir Muskat.
Liner Note Authors: Ori Kaplan; Tamir Muskat.
Recording information: Vibromonk Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Eyal Talmudi; Tomer Yosef.
Balkan Beat Box's self-titled debut, released in 2005, announced the band's zany fusion of traditional Jewish, Eastern European, and Middle Eastern folk forms with electronic beats influenced by hip-hop and club music. Like contemporaries Gogol Bordello and Kultur Shock, Balkan Beat Box brings old world music boogieing into the 21st century with hard grooves and speaker-shaking energy. The Bulgarian female chorus and brass band that drive "Bulgarian Chicks" is a fine example of Balkan Beat Box's charms, as is the understated snake-charmer groove of "Adir Adirim" and the klezmer-flavored "Gross." As the global community gets more and more cozy, albums like this fun, fusion-oriented debut will provide the soundtrack.