8Bit Balkan

by Dolomites

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Crunked out balkan bass chiptunes from San Francisco.

IF THE KIDS RECORDS is proud to present the global daredevil Dolomites, producing soundwaves from San Francisco to Japan, Romania, South America and back to New York. His new EP “8Bit Balkan” lets him move further away from traditional Gipsy beats and Japanese theme sounds and instead ventures farther into dark electronic elements of Glitch Hop, Crunkstep and Cumbia Bass spiced up with melancholic accordion pieces and global Balkan sounds. Evil Mickey Mouse is on a trip through Romanian basements and Japanese video games.

The Dolomites have been an ongoing project since 1998 that have belted out an amalgamation of styles extracted from around the globe: Europe, Japan, America and
South America. Founded by mastermind Stevhen Koji Iancu aka Stefanko Selecta (British National of Japanese and Romanian decent) in 1998, the Dolomites had their beginnings in an art punk house in Portland, Oregon. Their first album "A Hogshead of Whiskey" was released in the year 2000 on Walking Records. Originally consisting mainly of drinking songs from the UK in Pogues styles with Tom Waitsian accent, they later incorporated
Gipsy, Jazz and evil Disney sounds on the "Medicine Show E.P.", released in 2002. Dolomite´s second album "Darumanian Chophouse" (2005), recorded and produced in Brooklyn, NYC, brought out more Gipsy elements scrambled together with Japanese Enka and pop style melodies. After the release Stevhen Koji also started working with diverse musical projects, such as Gogol Bordello, Yerba Buena, Romashka, Mad Juana (Gipsy Voodoo Stomp Lounge music), as well as with OPVC, a gamelan theatre from San Francisco. Several releases in Japan followed and the Dolomites sound steadily morphed into something nomadicly fresh, as of today bringing crunked out beats and bass to the Gipsy melodies, fusing 8Bit, chiptunes, glitch hop and wonky beats to an unmistakeable Dolomites "8Bit Balkan" sound.

Cover Art by Mohak: www.flickr.com/photos/asmohak


released September 10, 2011

Composer: Stevhen Koji Iancu



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IF THE KIDS RECORDS is a label based in Berlin, focusing on electronic sounds from around the globe. We call it HeartCore, but it might as well be Salsa or Techno.

The first releases range from full-on techno, experimental electronica and ironic drum´n´bass to balkan, 8Bit, glitch hop and crunked out bleeps and blips.

Stay tuned for more of this sort!
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