26 January, 2008

DISKO DISKO PARTIZANI!!!

I saw Shantel on Paul de Leeuw the other night and just can't get enough of his music! It's catchy, original and just makes me smile.

Billboard's critic did a good job of summing it all up:
Stefan Hantel, aka Shantel, is German, but his love and respect for Eastern European and Arab music infuse the tracks he's put together for this collection. The worldwide popularity of hip-hop and club beats can often make one fear for the future of indigenous sounds, but Shantel has found a way to mash the fractured rhythms of the Balkans, Israel, North Africa, and various Gypsy cultures into the basic disco thump without diluting these ancient traditions. .

Every track is a multinational mash-up full of insane good humor and booty-bouncing beats guaranteed to get you out of you seat and onto the dancefloor...

Every track on this 14-tune salvo brings new delights, integrating Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, Jamaican, and African-American beats with a wild abandon that bodes well for the future of a new global pop music. ~ j. poet, All Music Guide

6 comments:

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

LOVE it! Never heard of him before. Thanks so much for sharing!

C N Heidelberg said...

Great recommendation! I might have to download some - I see it's available on emusic.com! (DRM-free!)

anno said...

Sounds intriguing -- I'm looking forward to my next high-bandwidth day to enjoy this download!

BTW, I've got a little something for you at my blog today. ...

Chui Hsia said...

So you are watching Dutch TV these days? Your German is good enough to strike out the exclusivity clause?

Goofball said...

hmm I didn't listen to it because I was reading your post at work and there it's awkward to see you-tube films and listen to it. But with a lot of delay (and also because Jenn in MI picked it up from you), I am not stung by the Shantel bug too.

I just bought the cd on i-tunes. Great fun!

Betsy said...

Oh cool, Ellen! I'm still playing that album a lot. In fact, yesterday I chaperoned a field trip for S's class and had a car full of kids-- I would never have turned on Shantel because I was afraid tweenies might deem it "uncool".

To my surprise, though, S asked me to turn it on (he loves the 6th track) and the kids loved it! they were all clapping along and dancing! It was very funny!