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Taken from Red Bull (Dec 23, 2016)

Watch Balkan Beat Box bring the noise

The Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based gypsy punks exclusively perform I Trusted You and Shout It Out.

by Glen Ferris

Balkan Beat Box play exclusively for RedBull.com
© Greg Barnes/RedBull.com

If you’ve spent any time playing FIFA 17 (and judging by the ridiculous sales figures, there’s a decent chance you have), you will have heard Balkan Beat Box’s infectious gypsy punk.

While you’ve been perfecting your championship-winning formations, I Trusted You has been keeping those million-dollar toes tapping. But soundtracking the top-of-the-table video game is only the beginning for this Israeli-born, New York-based trio.

Tamir Muskat, Ori Kaplan and Tomer Yosef released new album Shout It Out on their own Monkey Business label in November this year. The new LP marked a renewed desire to take their unique mix of musical traditions and modern sensibilities (think Klezmer and Balkan folk fused with hip-hop and dancehall beats) to the masses. Multiple millions of online streams for I Trusted You is clearly helping that ambition come to fruition.

Get to know Balkan Beat Box a little better and check out exclusive performances of Shout It Out (from 02:22) and I Trusted You (from 08:14) in the player below. This video contains language some may find offensive.


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