Ulf Lindemann, or Dunkelbunt as he’s known as in the music world, has been gaining more and more exposure after the past couple of years. Though is best known for his remixes of material by bands such as 17 Hippies and Balkan Beat Box Lindemann has also released some albums and is working on establishing Dunkelbunt as a full fledged name in the dub/Balkan world. For his most recent project Raindrops and Elephants he has gotten a hold of artists from the Piranha Musik library (which spans quite a few countries) and chosen to create a remix album. The results are extremely varied and although this is very different territory for an artist who is typically associated with Balkan music that doesn’t make it any less interesting.There are still some signs of the dub that Dunkelbunt has become known for, but the majority of Raindrops and Elephants is focused on expressing a variety of different cultures and musical styles. One track may offer a more jazzy lounge style while another may offer some Balkan and reggae elements. Throughout the course of this album listeners will find themselves eagerly anticipating what will come next. But there is also a connection between many of these tracks, as quite a few of them mix in some of the same genres to create a cohesive feeling. Although styles such as Balkan can sometimes be very fast paced, the way in which the songs have been remixed on this release gives them all a very laid back feeling. This could actually work to Dunkelbunt’s advantage, as it makes the material a lot more accessible especially for those who may not be overly familiar with many of these musical genres in their original forms.
Raindrops and Elephants could have easily just been a Balkan or a dub album, but it stands out because it offers so much more. Dunkelbunt has taken tracks that represent a variety of different genres from all over the world and has offered his own unique spin on them, and listeners are sure to enjoy the results. And not only will listeners appreciate what this disc has to offer, but they might also be inspired to dive further into the Piranha Musik library.
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