[DUNKELBUNT], RAINDROPS AND ELEPHANTS (PIRANHA MUSIK)
[DUNKELBUNT]
A NEW DAY; LAYA PROJECT REMIXED
ADDIS ACOUSTIC PROJECT
AFRO ROOTS WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL
AMADOU & MARIAM
ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO
APHRODESIA
BALKANBEATS
BANCO DE GAIA
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC ORKESTAR
BOBAN I MARKO MARKOVIC
BOY WITHOUT GOD
C.J. CHENIER
CARLOS GOGO GOMEZ
CHOBAN ELEKTRIK
CHOPTEETH
CHRISTIANE D
CHRISTINE VAINDIRLIS
CLARA PONTY
COPAL
CUCHATA
DAMJAN KRAJACIC
DANIEL CROS
DEBO & FENDIKA
DEL CASTILLO
DR JAYANTHI KUMARESH
EARTHRISE SOUNDSYSTEM
EGYPT NOIR
ELIN FURUBOTN
EMILY SMITH
FANFARE CIOCARLIA VS. BOBAN & MARKO MARKOVIC
FEUFOLLET
FIAF PRESENTS WORLD NOMADS MOROCCO: MUSIC
FOOTSTEPS IN AFRICA
GECKO TURNER
GENTICORUM
GEOFF BERNER
GIANMARIA TESTA
GODS ROBOTS
GUARCO
HUUN HUUR TU
INDIAN OCEAN
IRENE JACOB & FRANCIS JACOB
JANAKA SELEKTA
JANYA
JERRY LEAKE
JOAQUIN DIAZ
JOEL RUBIN
JORGE STRUNZ
JOSEF KOUMBAS
JOYFUL NOISE (I GRADE RECORDS)
JUST A BAND
KAMI THOMPSON
KARTICK & GOTAM
KHALED
KHING ZIN & SHWE SHWE KHAING
KITKA'S CAUCASIAN CONNECTIONS PROJECT PERFORMANCES AND WORKSHOPS
KMANG KMANG
KOTTARASHKY AND THE RAIN DOGS
LA CHERGA
LAC LA BELLE
LAYA PROJECT
LENI STERN
LES TRIABOLIQUES
LISTEN FOR LIFE
LOBI TRAORÉ
LO'JO
LOKESH
MAGNIFICO
MAHALA RAI BANDA
MIDNITE
MOHAMMED ALIDU AND THE BIZUNG FAMILY
MR. SOMETHING SOMETHING
MY NAME IS KHAN
NAWAL
NAZARENES
NO STRANGER HERE (EARTHSYNC)
OCCIDENTAL BROTHERS ON TOUR
OCCIDENTAL GYPSY
OREKA TX
ORQUESTRA CONTEMPORÂNEA DE OLINDA
PABLO SANCHEZ
PEDRO MORAES
RAYA BRASS BAND
SALSA CELTICA
SAMITE
SARA BANLEIGH
SARAH AROESTE
SELAELO SELOTA
SHYE BEN-TZUR
SIA TOLNO
SIBIRI SAMAKE
SISTER FA
SLIDE TO FREEDOM II
SONIA BREX
SOSALA
SWEET ELECTRA
SYSTEMA SOLAR
TAGA SIDIBE
TAJ WEEKES
TARANA
TARUN NAYAR
TE VAKA
TELEPATH
THE MOUNTAIN MUSIC PROJECT
THE NATIVE AMERICA NORTH SHOWCASE
THE SPY FROM CAIRO
TITO GONZALEZ
TOUSSAINT
VARIOUS ARTISTS
VARIOUS ARTISTS
WATCHA CLAN
WHEN HARRY TRIES TO MARRY SOUNDTRACK
WOMEXIMIZER
WOMEXIMIZER
ZDOB SI ZDUB
ZIETI
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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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