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That the beneficiary of the compilation's sales should be such a pan-national and globally active organization is fitting, considering that the album's contributors come from countries "as geographically and culturally distant as Algeria, Burundi, Ghana, Iceland, Indonesia, Colombia, Israel, South Korea, Lebanon, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, Thailand, Venezuela and Turkey." Interestingly, the Buffetlibre folks point out that "regions of the world without an independent state are also represented in PEACE, with musicians from Greenland, Hong Kong, Palestine and Tibet." We totally didn't know that Kid 606 was from Venezuela, did you?
The full line-up of those participating in the project is extensive and available from the curating DJs' website, and the pedigree runs deep. Along with what are sure to be first exposures to niche artists from far-flung places, recognizable names include the Yellow Magic Orchestra founder and Oscar-winner Ryuichi Sakamoto, Girls, Micachu & The Shapes, The Antlers (who recently garnered a perfect 10 album rating), A Place To Bury Strangers, Asobi Seksu, múm, Vive la Fete, Tahiti 80, Girls, I'm from Barcelona, Bonde do Role, Voxtrot, Patrick Wolf, Dan Deacon and maybe a few others. That band Crocodiles has a track on it, and you can sample the wares with a couple of free downloads, which we'll also toss in the MP3 player. The pro bono goods are The Spinto Band's "Mr Blue Sky" (an ELO cover), Darren Hayman's "If You Were Here" (a Thompson Twins cover), Dj Mujava's "Superstar" (featuring DJ NonSense), and Boat Beam's "Shadow Pool" (no parenthetical, but an exclusive track).
While the full compilation will not be available for download until after the end of the year, there are several events planned in the few months leading up to what is sure to be a mid-winter melter. Those rolling around Eastern Europe will want to check out a PEACE Party taking place on Saturday, October 3rd at the Merlin Club in Budapest. The Buffetlibre DJs will be on hand personally for the event, where they will perform alongside UK outfit Frankmusik and Hungarian locals We Plants Are Happy Plants. SEE ALSO: www.buffetlibredjs.net/peace.html
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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