September 15, 2009

Beats Antique: Contraption (EP Vol. 1)

The music of Oakland band Beats Antique could be described as left-field underground dance music featuring brass, dulcimer, utilizing Middle East tempos and a famous belly dancer/composer to fill the spotlights. It's the kind of music that will be playing in the background of avant garde art manifestations, trippy dance fests and of course live on stage at music fests like Burning Man.

But is it any good? The new EP Contraption (Vol. 1) offers seven tracks faeturing the core members Zoe Jakes (belly dancer, composer, and arranger), David Satori (guitar, saz, viola, and percussion), and Sidecar Tommy (keyboards, toy piano, drums, and percussion) and a plethora of guests including Jamie Janover (dulcimer) and the Fanfara Kalashnikov. In the appropiate called track Junktion Beats Antique they keep change musical lanes, Mission starts with a treated strings bit that would fit in a nightmare of Robert Smith. Think flamenco, Balkan beats, dubstep and a dozen other styles mixed into a tasty musical beverage that leaves a lasting impression.

Beats Antique: Contraption (EP Vol. 1)

The Contraption (Vol. 1) EP is a self-released album. Buy a digital download from the band's website. A physical CD can be obtained through CD Baby.

  1. Oriental Uno (feat. Fanfara Kalashnikov)
  2. Louie's Lullaby
  3. Junktion
  4. She's looking for something (feat. Lynx and Janover)
  5. 100 Eyes
  6. Mission
Free Beats Antique!
That's right. HCTF has one physical copy of the Contraption EP and three digital download cards. Want one?

It's gone ...
Live dates:
  • 09/17 Yosemite National Park, CA, Symbiosis Gathering
  • 09/21 Yosemite National Park, CA, Symbiosis Gathering


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