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FREE MP3: New Song from Balkan Beat Box

Electronic-leaning gypsy punks make beats for peace on new album, out in April. Download an exclusive track!

Michael Sheffield // February 17, 2010

Dancefloor-rockin’ NYC gypsy-punks Balkan Beat Box have released a new song off their upcoming album, Blue Eyed Black Boy, due out April 27 on Nat Geo Music. Download “War Again” below — a SPIN.com exclusive!

Self-produced and recorded in Tel Aviv and Belgrade, Serbia, the song melds Eastern European musical elements with dub rhythms and hard-charging lyrics that bemoan the world’s never-ending cycle of violence — something very familiar to the band as natives of Israel. MC Tomer Yosef explains: “We want people to understand that we are part of a loop of war and violence that is happening forever, and it’s up to us to get out of it.”

Balkan Beat Box will hit the road this spring with a string of dates across the U.S. beginning March 11 at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston and ending March 17 in Seattle. They will also play SXSW in late March. Check out the schedule on the band’s MySpace page.

What do you think about the song? Are you motivated to rid the world of social injustice or simply prompted to shake your lady lumps? Or both?!

LISTEN: Balkan Beat Box, “War Again” (DOWNLOAD MP3)