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Kobza Vajk is a Hungarian self-taught psychedelic folk musician who has been playing the oud and other obscure stringed instruments, like kithara or the lute for more than 15 years.
His main influences are folk and ancient music of all kinds, which he unites with his contemporary approach of composing and the oriental technique he plays his instruments with.
This release focuses on his original work from the late 2000's with a few reinterpretations coming from established e-music producers.
The title track is a live recording from 2008, perfectly setting the mood for the whole EP: psychedelic shaman music with powerful oud chords and a hypnotic Middle Eastern atmosphere.
In his remix Dutch producer, Perdu keeps one of the main patterns of the original but by adding some extra percussion he turns it into an entranced tribal banger. Next up is Multi Culti boss, Dreems, who revisited one of the most famous Hungarian folk songs creating a uniquely interesting piece with dubish subs and the twisted main melody. The final track is a more carefully tempered yet driving remix by Hungarian producer and Budabeats staple, Bete (aka Suhov).


Matt says: Deep shamanic voodoo for our trusty section here as Hungarian musician Kobza Vajk is remixed by a top drawer selection of talent. Sacrifice of a farm animal is optional.

Budabeats Records celebrates its 10th anniversary with label bosses DJ Gandharva & Von Yodi picking 11 previously unheard tracks from artists of the Budabeats family.

"Shades Of Budabeats" features African-influenced jazz and funk from Dokkerman & the Turkeying Fellaz plus The Mabon Dawud Republic; head-nodding hip-hop beats from Abase and Tom Caruana; straight dancefloor friendly pieces (BeTe aka Suhov, Umoja, M.W.D, Chilum Trio & Auto Reverse) and also, laidback grooves (Freakin' Disco & Crookram).

It's a perfectly balanced compilation, beautifully sequenced too, so as well as cherry picking tracks for your next all encompassing DJ set, you'll be quite content just sticking this one your player at home and reveling in the sounds of truly charismatic label. 

The Mabon Dawud Republic

Wawa Tree / Ayaya

The Mabon Dawud Republic, Hungary's first all-star progressive Afrobeat ensemble started as the Fela Kuti tribute band for the very first Felabration event in Budapest, organised by the band itself and joined by Fela's original Egypt 80 band member, keyboard player and singer Dele Sosimi.
Given the member's love for Afrobeat, the jamming soon evolved into a project of their own songs. Their republic is a place filled with the soul-warming vibes of a 15 piece orchestra, a place for dancers, a place to escape from the outside world and enjoy the magic that is unfolding on stage. This debut 7" serves up a pair of funk heavy afro-beat bangers essential for fans of Fela, Tony Allen or more recent revivalists the Flammer Dance Band.

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