Looking for something to play on your MP3 player? Caroline Westbrook makes suggestions based on what she is listening to at present. Find out more aobut her trio of sounds from Naftule's Dream, Lilah Tov and Gogol Bordello vs Tamir Muskat.
Naftule's Dream – Job
Originally released in 2001, this album from the Boston-based experimental klezmer combo is a must-listen for those who prefer their Jewish music to be a little out of the ordinary. Forget the jolly violins and perky accordions of more traditional klezmer music, this is a more morose affair with a decidedly downbeat feel. But that's not to say it's no good – in fact, it's a collection of instrumentals quite unlike anything you'll have heard in Jewish music before. Highlights include the Erik Satie inspired Gnossiene #1 and #3, while album opener Dirge Sirba sounds rather like a traditional klezmer track might if it were played at the wrong speed.
Lilah Tov – Jewish Lullabies
Having trouble getting your little one to nod off in the evenings? Then this newly-released selection of popular Jewish tunes might be just what you're looking for. The likes of Ein Kelokeinu, Hinei Ma Tov, Dona Dona and Oseh Shalom are all here, presented in soothing lullaby form. Although these tunes are all too familiar, these are lovely relaxing versions which make for great listening whether you're trying to soothe a baby, or simply relax and unwind yourself. In other words, your little one will love this – but chances are you will too.
Gogol Bordello vs Tamir Muskat – JUF
JUF stands for Jewish-Ukrainische Freundschaft – a band which brings together gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello (who feature several Israeli members) with Jewish musicians including multi-instrumentalists Ori Kaplan and Oren Kaplan (yes, they are different people, and no they're not related). Israeli vocalist Victoria Hana and Israeli producer/musician Tamir Muskat are also on board for this quirky effort, which blends dance beats with Balkan rhythms, klezmer and Middle Eastern sounds. Balkan Express Train Robbery and the haunting Roumania are among the many gems here in an album that may not be for all tastes but is a must if you like dance music.