-What people are saying-
"This is off the hook!!!!!" (Nickodemus)
"Done with good taste and eclectic vision!" (Gaudi)
"Delay's unique and original handwriting is on every track. The signature of a Master!" (Yuriy Gurzhy)
"Aw yeahhh!" (Balkan Hotsteppers)
"All great tracks, all of them" (Rip Van Hippy)
Conceived on the dancefloors of Berlin and Melbourne, birthed in the studios of Argentina, Budapest and Belgrade and raised through a Berlin studio filled with, well, brass, wires and bass, this is a remix album like no other that plumbs the depths and traditions of Eastern European music styles.
Brass, Wires & Bass is the new offering from DJ Delay, featuring remixes of some of the finest Balkan music has to offer. Tweaking, fiddling, pushing the parameters and genre defying sonical touches all combine to give an imprint of what these music forms can sound like when taken to the limit.
Viajante by Tremor has a drunken bass sound mixed with a cumbia soundscape. Ya Piv by Rotfront has their perfect klezmerton nailed to the dancefloor and Max Pashm’s Klezmernaki receives a taut percussive reworking with the original noise guitar riff. La Cherga get more than they bargain for with echo, delay and note stretching and bending on Down Domination Part 2, Gaetano Fabri has house & broken beat thrown in his mix of Smart Gypsy (which also appears on Gaetano Fabri's 'Smart Gypsy' EP), Municipale Balcanica has a minimalist and futuristic workover on Carovana and Boban i Marko Marković Orkestar is stripped right back and reassembled on Voz. Dunkelbunt and Vardos both receive bonus flavour crystals and it is on UHT° Sex, Dub, Jazz n Roll that takes us to the depths of dub. Mastered by electronic maestro Jammin’ Unit and with elegant cover art by Penny Metal, the album is a complete snapshot of the current Balkan scene and of it's possibilities.
DJ Delay aka Beam Up aka Sonical are the monikers and aliases that Brian May works under, exploring the different facets of sound and sound design that have seen him releasing tracks since 1999. From the outdoor trance scene in Australia of Earthcore, Rainbow Serpent and Submerge Chill Festival to supporting the likes of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, African Headcharge, DJ Spooky and The Evolution Control Committee amongst many, many others, Brian has consistently challenged musical notions, dub reasonings and event management and curation. As a radio host he steered the mothership of “Into the Groovy” on PBSFM from 1990-2002 and now produces and presents the show of the same name on www.straightup.com.au
In Melbourne he co-curated Australia's first regular Balkan night at Horse Bazaar ‘05-‘08 The Good, The Bad and the Balkan as well as Forward the Bass (dub), Loony Tunes (Animation) Steel Drum (Dub & related) and Living Version (Roots reggae, dub and wider) between ’98 and ‘08.