Last month Live Beijing Music swung through Ljubljana, Slovenia to attend the MENT Festival, one of East Europe’s most vigorously curated musical showcases for new music. Looking to soak up a bit of the East Europe culture, I decided to hop around the Balkans the week prior to the festival. And wouldn’t you know it – on my first night there I stumbled upon a hell of jam in the deliriously seductive city of Belgrade. The venue: KC Grad – the wonderful warehouse space that acts as a beaming hub for the city’s underground music and art scene, located along the Sava, the longest river in the Balkans which houses much of the city’s unhinged nightlife. The event: an one-day festival celebrating the release of the compilation album The Music of the Secret Society that Owns Belgrade from the Turkey based label Inverted Spectrum Records. On the bill: quite a bit. Featuring some of the most protruding bands and artists currently working in the Serbian underground music scene – ‘surf rock based on Balkan pop-folk anthems, urban folk music with Greek, Macedonian and Serbian references, ceremonially improvised psychedelic rock, alternative rock with post-punk overtones, and electronic mutations of Yugoslav-era pop-rock tracks’ – the evening offered an eclectic sonic panorama of the scene and it was a treat indeed. Read the full-break down of the release and give a listen to the mayhem that’s brewing over in Belgrade.
Bands featured: Dunavski, Hotel Makedonisa, The Cyclist Conpiracy, Bicikl, Crno Dete, Moussaka