Various Artists

Seriously Good Music: Gypsy Beats

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Released by the EMI-licensed Petrol imprint as part of the Seriously Good Music series, this 12-track collection of modern Gypsy music is as intoxicating as it is devilish. From the traditional sounds of Esma Redzepova ("Abre Ramce") to the dub-heavy pulse of Balkan Beat Box ("Bulgarian Chicks"), this is one of the best entries in the series and a worthy introduction for anyone looking to get a grip on one of the world's most playful, sensual, spooky, and dramatic genres.

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