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J.U.F.

Gogol Bordello vs. Tamir Muskat (Stinky Records)

Transglobal debauchery rears its exotic horns when Ukrainian gypsy Eugene Hütz takes a break from fronting Gogol Bordello to mix together the sounds of an underground discotheque. Balkan, Turkish, dancehall and flamenco collide with bhangra, rai, klezmer and international kitchen-sink stylings to produce an altogether foreign strain of Fellini-approved combat rock. And though electronic music-mucking has its limitations, Hütz lures listeners through a post-Soviet stumble of radical beats and mindless sex. With a nod to '80s-era German industrial punkers D.A.F., the international collective (J.U.F. ironically stands for Jewish Ukrainian Freundschaft) blends mesmerizing moments that defy categorization, namely "When I Was a Spy," "Super Rifle" and "Last Wish of the Bride." This is all-inclusive musical democracy -- that is, if America ever pretended to concern itself with the evolving tastes of an ever-growing immigrant populace. Then again, maybe that's what the Latin Grammys were designed for.
The Ukrainian Iggy Pop returns with more angry world 
beat.
The Ukrainian Iggy Pop returns with more angry world beat.

 
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