Perkalaba – Vibes and Fiber 

We have been waiting for this release for quite some time. 17 Perkalaba’s masterpieces carefully selected by DJ Derbastler and Zarbazan, of Extra Estrada Soundsystem, cross European collaboration of independent djs and music producers. These tracks represent full-time artistic heritage of this legendary hutzul-folk-ska-punk band from the Carpathian mountains of Ukraine. The selection had been made of 7 albums of Perkalaba of 2005 – 2019. 

The artistic work of Perkalaba is frequently compared to the gypsy punks band of Gogol Bordello, the music of the Pogues, Goran Bregovic, Element of Crime or Mano Negra. 

The name of the band comes from the name of the distant hamlet of Perkalaba, small hutzul village in the Ukrainian Carpathians, on the border of the Chernivtsi and Ivano-Frankivsk regions, in essence situated in the crossroads of the Ukrainian, Bukovyna’s and Transcarpathian’s ethnically diverse and rich cultures, with an outstanding and unique blend of hutzul social and artistic attitudes. 

The Perkalaba started as a band in the local underground clubs and then went on public stage in 1998, playing for the first time at the folk-rock festival Chervona Ruta. Since then it became a legendary band, having toured in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, France, Luxembourg, playing at the rock festivals in Europe. Perkalaba’s work as been heavily influenced by their producer Mokh, Alec Gnativ and their legendary late singer Andriy “Fedot” Fedotov (one of the tracks on this compilation – Pilot is created in memoriam of “Fedot”). 

The musical style of the band is close to ska punk and has a reggae soul, however, it is heavily influenced by the traditional hutzul music. The songs of Perkalaba are heavily influenced by the Carpathian nature and harmony, humour, rasta attitude and esoteric energy of the Carpathians. 

In 2011 they recorded a new album entitled "Dido" (Grandfather). One of the songs features Eugene Hutz of Gogol Bordello. Eugene himself is a big fan and friend of Perkalaba. The title of the song is Didoborodaty-2011. The album was presented on 1 December 2011 in Kyiv, Ukraine. 

Several Ukrainian artists collaborated with Perkalaba – DakhaBrakha, Ruslana Khazipova from Dakh Daughters, one of the tracks in this compilation is a cover of a song from Qarpa and another one is done to commerate a close friend – Kuzma from Braty Gadyukiny. Finally, a remix from DJ Derbastler in the cumbia style gives freshness to the compilation, suggesting a dancing mood. 

Vibes and Fiber is the first compilation from the intentions of DJ Derbastler and Zarbazan to reproduce historical heritage of influential indie bands from Ukraine, representing non-mainstream musical landscape of the Ukrainian independent soundmaking. More to come soon in 2020! 

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