The Balek Band and Abstrack Records’s first album, Médecines, is the product of a magma of influences, the emanation of large decade of music infused lives.
The emotional tessitura is wide: the dark meadows of “The Balek Bad” reach us through like a mantra from the end of a dark tunnel, while just three track earlier it was a caribbean Zouk euphoria which ruled the world. Inbetween, it’s a wide spectrum of hybrid epiphanies : “Hagen & Again” is a progressive Dub jewel, even Krauty to an extent, where the instruments play the lead role. “Cosmic Barry” is across the Channel : thick and broken club music, sweating with subs, yet always disputing it to the Funk accent of the the keys and the slap bass.
This list of geographical and stylistic hybridations simplys goes on, and it’s the 54 minutes of the album that put an end to it. But beyond the never-ending list, this first album is alive: its gets us breathing the therapeutical air which fills the world of its creators.