June 10, 2008

Beirut Disco

At only 22 years of age, the prodigious (and disturbingly talented) Zach Condon has already released two albums.

Better known to the world at large as Beirut, Condon's music is an enchanting blend of folk-pop, heavily influenced by Eastern European folk and balkan gypsy music. Despite his youth, and the fact that he grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his music has an unmistakable old country feel, and a maturity that belies his tender years.

His music is boisterous and romantic, the kind of thing you might imagine yourself listening to in the Mediterranean somewhere, late at night, under the stars, seated round a large table with a gaggle of strangers made fast friends through a day of drinking and revelry.

Suffice it to say, it's not the kind of thing you would expect to hear in a club.

Until now.

DJs Fredo & Thang, from the Gameplayer label, have released a mash-up called "Beirut Disco".

Dub inflected beats and snatches of spoken french are woven through swathes of organ and Beirut's slightly nasal vocals to create some kind of gypsy folk electronica hybrid.

It's Beirut gone urban.

And whether in a club, or sitting on a terrace drinking a beer, Beirut Disco is the perfect accompaniment to the heat and bluster of summer.


Kate Savage said...

Where ARE you? More music! More music! Um, please? :)

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