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Songlines – ‘top of the world’ CD of the month, July 2011

1. Giza Stomp
2. Belboeli
3. Last Band Standing
4. Dervish Tanz
5. On Your Side
6. Bosphorus Blues

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Who says you actually have to live in Eastern Europe to play Eastern European sounds? Not Forty Thieves Orkestar, a UK-based conglomeration of Balkan-beats and Apple Mac loving musos whose vibrant live shows have become a talked about highlight of festivals such as Glastonbury and Bestival. Having started life as a studio project in 2004 these rabble-rousers have developed a sound that is both in-your-face generic (think an electrified Taraf de Haidouks, who they happened to support on a UK tour) but with enough of the urban British street to grant them a singular edge. Their influences are predictably wide-ranging, spanning everything from Klezmer, Gypsy stylings and bellydance tracks to dub reggae, hip-hop and cinematic soundscapes. Their USP, however, is probably their savvy knack of throwing rootsy samples and ambient atmospherics into Eastern Europe’s classic, carnivalesque sound.

Balkan music is eminently remixable, of course, as exemplified by DJ Shantel and one-off projects such as Electric Gypsyland. But Forty Thieves programmer and mixer, Aidan Love, has a way with studio trickery that gives the band an edge: instrumental opener ‘Giza Stomp’ has the requisite snaky clarinet and klezmerish violin but is lent contemporary wallop by some clever special effects. Angela Ward’s vocals are given polyphonic treatment on ‘Dervish Tanz’, where the clarinets of Idris Rahman and Arun Ghosh weave and skid through galloping, thudding beats; the compelling ‘Uskudar’ ebbs and flows with jazz-flavoured flair, leading a dance that begins in a capital city by the Thames and continues into the Balkans and beyond.
(Jane Cornwall, Songlines)

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