Continuing their quest for a boundary-smashing party, Balkan Beat Box shakes up their intoxicating mix of Gypsy, Jewish, Arabic, and Mediterranean rhythms with a remix album for the dance-floor Nu Made takes BBB's syncopated pulse, intoxicating melodies and Semitic harmonies...lifted from ancient traditions (Washington Post) and fearlessly rearranges them into irresistibly danceable cuts. Nu Made includes remixes of BBB favorites like Hermetico , Habibi Min Zaman and Digital Monkey. The album features remixes by Turntables on the Hudson founder Nickodemus, Dub Gabriel, JDub label-mates Soulico, the iMeem/Ableton Live BBB remix contest winners and Balkan Beat Box themselves.
BBB percussionist and co-bandleader Tamir Muskat says I define myself as a citizen of the world. As a whole, Balkan Beat Box wants to tell musicians that they shouldn't feel any shame in their roots and influences. This is what Nu Made represents the heartfelt work of artists that are globally inspired, nomadic and proud. Balkan Beat Box has curated this exciting record along those lines, reimagining their last two releases and updating them to match the ecstatic sound of the pursuit of peace around the world.
Don't confuse Balkan Beat Box with one of those goofy world-fusion jam bands that peddle low-impact exotica to undiscerning ears. It may be a party band - its live shows are famously raucous - but its members have the spirit of researchers and activists. --Boston Globe