Balkan marching band jazzfunk – Slavic Soul Party (Barbes Records, March)


Let me know if I’m driving you crazy with this balkan-punk-brass band stuff (but no one else is writing about it so I feel it’s my duty). I think I hit the jackpot with NYC’s Slavic Soul Party. Their new record Bigger came out in March on the small Brooklyn label Barbes Records (dist. by Ryko). Unlike the hip-hop urban brass sounds of NYC’s other brass band Youngblood Brass Band, it seems SSP takes a more straight edge approach. They’re jazzy in much the same way that John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards pionered that NYC nu-jazz sound.

If you’re in a cubicle or a cramped dorm room you’re gonna want to get up and make some room. It may be hard to control your limbs.

Into The Night
Missy Sa Sa

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3 Responses to “Balkan marching band jazzfunk – Slavic Soul Party (Barbes Records, March)”

  1. Chris Toft says:

    You are NOT driving me crazy with the Slavic marching bands. Keep it in the mix for your site – I, for one, love this stuff. The Beirut album, by the way, had a healthy dose of this flavor as well. If you like this sound, you should check out a Yugoslav film from 1998 called Black Cat, White Cat http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118843/ which features this crazy Slavic brass band that keeps popping up at different moments in the action. The film gets shown on cable sometimes, but I’m not sure that it’s even available on compatible American DVD formats yet.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Keep up the Slav!! And watch Black Cat White Cat, it’s a GREAT movie.

    I heart your blog.

  3. dinash says:

    Emir Kustrurica (director of “Black Cat, White Cat”) is an absolute twat. (his first three movies are ace though)