Various Artists – Crammed Discs, Electric Gypsyland 2

Todd Burns

By Todd Burns

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A two disc collection of Eastern European classics and remixes of the same.

Much better than its predecessor, the second Electric Gypsyland compilation smartly collects modern tracks that have been remixed by the likes of Animal Collective, Tunng and Balkan Beat Box and then provides a second disc for listeners eager to find out exactly what the originals actually sounded like. It's a neat exercise, which may see you lose respect for indie stalwarts (see the Collective's lazy take on “Oi Bori Sujie”), but also gasp in wonderment at relative unknowns (Oi Va Voi's transformation of the already excellent “A Rom and a Home”). While the compilation focuses on the work that Shantel, Balkan Beat Box, DJ Click and others are doing in bringing gypsy and dance music together, there's just about something for everyone here, whether it be Smadj on the oud or Nouvelle Vague's easy-listening take of “Morceau d'Amour.”