Balkan Dancehall EP
Sanjin & Youthman
Germaica Digital
Digital Release
May 4, 2012

Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Balkan Cowboy feat. Las Balkanieras
  3. Runnin' Dis Town
  4. Hey Seņorita feat. Rigo
  5. Tourist
  6. For A While Intro
  7. For A While
  8. Pijem Viski (We Drink Whisky) feat. Joey Fever
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Sanjin & Youthman's first official single "Runnin' Dis Town" on the 2011 released "Yu Go!" riddim introduced us to the sound of 'Original Balkan Dancehall', and it instantly appealed to us. The aforementioned duo of cousins -- originally hailing from Bosanka Gradiska in Bosnia -- started their musical journey more than 10 years ago within the belly of the Swedish underground hiphop scene. One day, while listening to the folk inspired sounds of their home country, they decided to fuse the influences they had gathered through their long love of music, and the idea of 'Balkan Dancehall' was born. And so they started to combine the language and the culture of their Bosnian background with Patois lyrics and Jamaican music.

The debut EP of deejay Sanjin and his counterpart singjay Youthman, who is not only the producer of most tunes, but also the one who has provided the majority of the riddims, is a very entertaining collection with a variety of styles and catchy tunes. After a short "Intro", which turns out to be the perfect overture for the humorous party tune "Balkan Cowboy", done in collaboration with the female trio Las Balkanieras. "Runnin' Dis Town" already made a good impression when first heard on the "Yu Go! Riddim EP", and it still does here. The latin flavoured "Hey Seņorita", featuring Rigo out of the Crossfire camp, has strong crossover appeal and, when picked up by the right people, could become a huge summer hit. Next comes "Tourist", a previously unreleased track recorded on the "Monkey Barrel" riddim from Ward 21's Kunley McCarthy, which showcases Sanjin's deejay skills and while moving your dancing feet brings a smile on your face thanks to its witty lyrics. Then a great intro, before the duo delivers "For A While" on a wicked interpretation of Anthony Red Rose's "Tempo" riddim, built by Tiny Dawson for Upliftment Int'l. The EP is rounded off by the nice party track "Pijem Viski (We Drink Whisky)", done in combination with Joey Fever.

A very nice and thoroughly enjoyable collection for open-minded dancehall fans and music lovers alike.