DAKHABRAKHA & BEDOUIN The Bedouin Reworks of DakhaBrakha HUMAN BY DEFAULT
Bedouin rework tracks by Ukraine’s DakhaBrakha for the latest release on Human By Default.
DakhaBrakha is a quartet from Kyiv, Ukraine, experimenting with Ukrainian folk music since the group’s inception in 2004, combining an array of instruments from around the world with powerful and
uncompromising vocal performances. For the latest release on their ever-impressive Human By Default imprint, label heads Bedouin rework four tracks from DakhaBrakha’s catalogue, fusing the captivating vocals and instrumentation of the quartet with their pitch-perfect production.
Leading the A-side is their reinterpretation of ‘Salgir Boyu’, with shuffling percussion and organic loops providing the backdrop for stunning elements of the original to shine. The rework of ‘A Doshchuk Nakrapaye’ follows, with DakhaBrakha’s vocals fading in and out of the background as Bedouin’s gentle synthesis and evolving drums carry the track. On the flip, ‘Svyryd’ sees hypnotic drones and bright shakers evolve alongside a rolling bassline before closer ‘Yahudky’ seeks more electronic territories, bringing tense strings and unfurling synths together to see out the release.