Today, Balkan Beat Box are proud to announce the release of their latest single, “Chin Chin,” a bit of vintage BBB offering some gritty funk with an insistent beat- a cautionary party track warning against the allure of urban bling.
Bounding off two recent and successful stints here in the states, it’s clear that, BBB, even after a decade of notable rise, are having their moment. By all indications, the past two years in particular for the band have meant a firm step on the accelerator.
All that activity prompted recent coverage in Billboard focused on love shed of late from folks like Diplo and Jason Derulo, whose worldwide hit, “Talk Dirty” prominently features Kaplan sax loop from BBB’s “Hermetico.” Kaplan says, “Basically, it gave us the power to take things in our own hands,” he says. “We started our own label and we put money back into the band and so we could make videos and support singles when they come out. It gave us artistic freedom to keep being this artsy workshop that we are.”
As result, fans can now expect the collective’s latest dance missive, Shout It Out, an epiphanic entry in its five-album catalog, to be released on November 11th.
It’s an album of personal reflection ensconced in fiery creativity, both anthemic and introspective. Musically, Shout It Out, also represents a fascinating crate digging production breakthrough in terms of crafting that perfectly exotic sonic Molotov cocktail.
“We are known to be that band to shout out things that bother us, but this time we went inward and more personal. This album is us revealing who we are as people and what’s going on in our personal life,” says percussionist and producer Tamir Muskat.
BBB draw from their Eastern European heritage, the smash-your-idols traditions of punk rock and free jazz, the undeniably rugged beats and production of hip-hop, the intrepid textural approach of electro, along with international flairs of Mediterranean, reggae, cumbia, Morrocan, and Balkan music traditions. What comes out of this bold cross-cultural and pan-genre discourse is a soundtrack for riots in the streets and a rallying call for the dance floor.
Balkan Beat Box coalesced in the mid 2000s around the core trio of saxophonist Kaplan, percussionist Muskat, and singer Yosef. Each of the three musicians in BBB is a visionary with a distinct perspective essential to the BBB vibe. Together in BBB, the trio, plus an extended family of trusted collaborators, have issued five vibrantly varied albums. Their work has been sampled, in addition to the aforementioned Derulo, by rapper Mac Miller (produced by Diplo), and they have collaborated with Stargate and Fifth Harmony. Their music most recently appeared in FIFA 17 and in the Andy Samberg movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. In addition, as a collective and individually, members of BBB have worked with platinum-certified artist Asaf Avidan, Yemeni singing trio A-WA, and had placements in Hollywood feature films.
BBB crafted the tracks on Shout It Out, using personal experience, and memoir as fodder for thought-provoking lyrics. It is a masterwork entry in a decade-long dialogue of three visionaries. Reflecting on the secret to keeping BBB inspired, Tamir Muskat says: “We’ve been able to create this hub of art where we can go into a room, search deep within our souls, and create together. The real mojo behind BBB is our relationships as friends. It’s been an amazing journey.”