Shantel – Pioneer of Balkan Pop

Shantel - Pioneer of Balkan Pop

Disko Partizani! sees Shantel successfully melding his experiences as a producer, musician and DJ to create catchy, energetic and joyous pop songs, full of hooks and surprises. Eastern European elements are adopted with real respect for their cultural roots, and then fused and transformed into a new form of urban music, bestriding the music of east and west creating an album of unparalleled joie de vivre.

The title track is a shamelessly joyous affair, this insanely singable tune is brimming with catchy bursts of international musical flavour and a chorus delivered in Shantel’s laconically alluring vocal that demands you join his party. Throughout the album pop-soaked, effervescent moments wash over you and ensconce themselves into your subconscious; Disko Boy, the camp, Eurobeat tale of a boozy night out in a seedy European club trying to find a partner for the night could well be a story told by The Streets’ Mike Skinner about a drinking competition with Boris Becker in a smoky strip-joint in Budapest. The ludicrously upbeat Sota is powered along by the unrelenting ska rhythm of Shantel’s guitar that launches into a dynamic chorus of raucous gypsy campfire debauchery, The Veil is charged by a powerful underlying, almost military style snare-roll of a rhythm that charges this ambitiously-layered instrumental ode to gypsy power, and Shantel even manages to find time to invent the new genre of Gypsy Rhythm+Western where R+B meets Romanian hoedown beat of Dubstar Bugarskji.

The musical twists and turns of Disko Partizani! are explained by its conception on the road in Romania, across Greek highways, killing time in Istanbul airport terminals, relaxing in Arabic cafés, soaking up the characters of London, Paris, Rio de Janeiro… and also by the mélange of musicians Shantel and his studio partner/drummer Marcus Darius brought together to embellish the album. These numerous and distinguished guests include Serbian singer Vesna Petkovic, trumpeter Marko Markovic (son and#1 sideman of Serbian brass music king Boban Markovic), Bulgarian clarinettist Filip Simeonov (Taraf de Haidouks), Thessaloniki-based singer and composer Jannis Karis, François Castiello, accordionist with French band Bratsch, Canadian singer Brenna MacCrimmon, who achieved cult status in Istanbul through Fatih Akin’s “Crossing the Bridge” film, Bulgarian saxophonist Vladimir Karparov, Sashko Wladigeroff, Izmir-based violinist Costas Ramos, keyboardist Marcus Schumacher (Äl Jawala), Ruth Maria Renner aka Miss Platnum, a Berlin-based Romanian R’n’B vocalist, Viennese musicians Kurt Bauer and Lothar Lässer, who have frequently been seen playing violin and accordion at Shantel’s side on stages all over the world, members of Tel Aviv’s Balkan surf rock band Boom Pam, Ukrainian DJ/vocalist Yuriy Gurzhy (of Russendisko fame), trumpeter Roy Paci (Manu Chao), London bass player Ken Taylor, Berlin reggae/dancehall queen Mantiz… the list is as long as it is colourful.

With Disko Partizani! Shantel has defined the sound of new Europe, centred in the middle of our old continent, but incorporating vibrant influences from the emerging new frontier which stretches all the way to Mitteleuropa, the south east, Greece, Turkey and beyond…

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