Monday, May 28, 2012


What happens when someone gets overexposed to the blended poisonous geniuses of the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Julian Cope?

Well the only way to manage it is to lock himself at home and make sure the infection will have a permanent effect.

That’s the story of Sergios Voudris and The Voyage Limpid Sound.

Working all alone in his home studio he released his first album (Electronically Enhanced Dream, 2000) at the age of 21.
During the following years he recorded another 5 albums, none of which was released.
And then he formed a proper band and started preparing his 7th album (but 2nd released), The Voyage Limpid Sound Are Happy (2010).

The Voyage Limpid Sound - The Month of the Flowers (from Electronically Enhanced Dream, 2000)

The Voyage Limpid Sound - Design of a Pie (from unreleased album Little Personal Tragedies, 2004)

The Voyage Limpid Sound - Barberette's Summer Coif (unreleased)

The Voyage Limpid Sound - Shade (from The Voyage Limpid Sound Are Happy, 2010)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Into the Groove

Biri Biri

Biri Biri were formed back in 2003 when the 8 musicians first met in Crete. With references such as Tom Waits, James Brown, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Psarantonis, Bob Marley (to name a few) and instruments like bongos, shakers, darbouka, Chinese gong, Rudal heater (!!!!), trumpets, sax, guitars, bass and drums, they sure sound funky with a rock attitude. Their album Biri Biri was released in 2009 by Spinalonga.

Biri Biri - Doze 8

Dr. Vodkatini

They were formed by the end of the 90s. Their name comes from Vodka + Martini to show their cosmopolitan inclination that’s present in their music too.
Soul, jazz, latin and funk is nicely blended by the 10 good musicians to give an amusing and inspired dance album: Indulge In A Big Swig! (2007) by Prominence Recordings.Check.

Super Mario and the Exotic Watermelons

Super Mario and the Exotic Watermelons were formed in 2010 by dj Super Mario with an orientation towards funk, afro-beat and acid jazz.
They have released their first 7”, Santa Maria, in 2010 (amola kalimba records)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Cast-a-Blast is not just a record company. It’s a collective of dj’s, producers and musicians focusing on hip hop, lo-fi, jazz, funk, latin and dub.
Founded in 2006 and based in Athens, Cast-a-Blast crew aims at discovering, creating, producing some of the finest new beats.
The roster includes artists from many countries. On this post we'll focus on the 4 founders of Cast-a-Blast.

More artists, releases, news, downloads here:

Blend Mishkin

Driving force behind Cast-a-Blast, Blend is the co-founder and has produced many of its artists. Dj, producer and re-mixer he has been releasing music since 1997.
He has released a solo album for Sirius (Man Under Influence, 2005) plus two solo albums for Cast-a-Blast, Misplaced (2006), a fine blend of hip hop, funk, dub and Sudden Death (2009).

Blend – Smoke (from Misplaced, 2006)


Already active with the group Sugah Galore since 2004, she co-formed Cast-a-Blast in 2006 and released her first solo album, The Incredible/ The Invisible, in 2008.
She also contributed to other Cast-a-Blast releases as well as on Swing Shoes debut album.


Sugahspank! - Lost That Lovin' Feeling (from The Incredible/The Invisible, 2008)


 Dj, producer and co-founder of Cast-a-Blast, Palov formed the duet Palov and Mishkin (Blend) and released two albums: the compilation Backslam Extravaganza (2007) and Think Twice (2009).
He has also released a solo song, What's That, that was included in various nu-swing compilations.

 Palov and Mishkin - A Case of Amnesia (from Think Twice (2009)

Palov - What's That (from I Can Hear it Now compilation EP, 2010)

BNC (Bruises n Cuts)

The fourth co-founder arrived in Greece at the age of 10, coming from Dominican Republic. BNC music is fresh and groovy, mixing hip hop, latin sounds, dub and reggae.
He has released two solo albums on Cast-a-Blast, The Birth (2008) and Ruff, Rowdy & Unfocused (2010)

BNC ft MC Yinka - The Harder They Fall (from Ruff, Rowdy & Unfocused, 2010)
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