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Boomkat Product Review:
Vladimir Ivkovic’s Offen Music take it down with Belgrade trio Tapan’s debut meld of Balkan dub and Turkish psych-jazz dancefloor mysticism.
Part of Belgrade’s club life since 1994, Nebojsa Bogdanovic and Goran Simonoski aka Tapan have been a regular presence on Tel Aviv’s Malka Tuti for the best part of a decade, most recently reworked by Abul Mogard in ’21. Their debut on Offen Music represents a reconnection with roots for Serbian-German DJ/label head Vladimir Ivkovic, where they play deep into the label’s signature, offbeat aesthetic with four in-depth groovers balanced between a nexus of styles that resonate with Belgrade’s rich palimpsest of cultural heritage.
Fundamentally grooving, the four swingeing tracks on ‘Novi Svet’ or ‘New World’ consolidate a hotbed of club-ready styles thru a swirling psychedelic lens. Each takes all the time they need to really get inside their thing, trekking from the 11 mins of frayed reverse loops, pealing Mid-eastern pipes and scorched psych guitar stacked on swaggering percussion in ‘Missing’, to the balmier, radiant appeal of tht retitle track where feet barely touch the floor in a constant psych-rock lift. ‘Same Prolaznost’ meanwhile grounds their sound in a heavy blend of dub proper and almost Turkish psych-jazz styled mystic grit that resolves in lusher, lysergic form as their waviness precipitates ‘Rain Dance.’