15 July 2009

Wet Party Pachyderms

CD REVIEW
[dunkelbunt] - Raindrops and Elephants
(Piranha)

Some compare Vienna-based [dunkelbunt], aka Ulf Lindemann, to groups like Jazzanova. In truth, though, his music is more akin to Balkan beatmaster Shantel and Jewish DJ Socalled.
But how do you find an appropriate comparison for someone whose album includes a piano solo that segues from classical to Balkan dance and back again; a remix of Watcha Clan's already boisterous "Balkan Qoulou"; and a blending of rap by Raf MC with the horns of Fanfare Ciocarlia on "The Chocolate Butterfly (Tüwi Edit)"?

The latter is a tasty tabla-laden extended version of a track that appeared on [dunkelbunt]'s previous album, Morgenlandfahrt. Raindrops and Elephants continues the unusual collaborations seen on that earlier album, which included artists as diverse as Deobrat Mishra and the Amsterdam Klezmer Band. You can certainly appreciate the raucous sounds without all this background, and it makes a great summer soundtrack.

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