Samas (2011)

by Trio Tekke

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about

London-based Cypriots Antonis Antoniou on tzouras (high-pitched tiny-bodied lute with 3 pairs of strings) and guitarist Lefteris Moumtzis, with vocals from both, and bassist Colin Somervell in lively, appealingly ragged, cheerily creative originals springing from rembetiko roots, recorded without gloss in Nicosia, joined for single tracks by marimba, wild-slithering violin and something burning. - fRoots magazine

This is a fantastic album - the second from Cyprus-based, London-formed neo-rebetika band - full of bouncy, lively playing and singing. The trio of Antonis Antoniou, Lefteris Moumtzis and Colin Somervell play tzouras (a small bouzouki), guitar and double bass respectively and each of them contributes to the vocals. Picking up where their first album, Ta Reggetika, left off, Samas is, like its predecessor, nicely inventive when needed but always with a firm sense of the rebetika tradition these musicians are steeped in. Much of the CD is fairly straightforward reworkings of either traditional songs by luminaries such as Yiorgos Batis or written by members of the trio. I particulatly liked "O Antonis o varkaris", originally by Spyros Peristeris, and "I stoli tou Batman" (Batman's Uniform) by Antonis Antoniou; The latter definitely worthy of becoming a rebetika classic. Another of Antoniou's pieces is the marvellously cheeky instrumental "Karagiozo". "To gelekaki" might throw you a bit at first - and I wasn't totally sure that the electronically treated voices worked - but the foot-tapping, reggae-cum-jazzy number that it segues into is just as infectious as the rest of the disc. All in all, this is great fun: beautifully played and highly recommended. - Songlines magazine

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released May 22, 2011

Antonis Antoniou: tzouras, vocals, electronics
Lefteris Moumtzis: guitar, vocals
Colin Somervell: double bass

Recorded at Eleven63 studio, Nicosia, by Andreas Trachonitis
Mixed by Antonis Antoniou
Mastered at Artracks studios, Athens, by George Priniotakis
Produced by Trio Tekke
p.2011
Made in Cyprus

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Trio Tekke Nicosia, Cyprus

From their early days of re-arranging traditional songs on 'Ta Reggetika' through to the sonic explorations of 'Samas', Trio Tekke has been a vehicle of musical exploration for long time colleagues Antonis Antoniou, Lefteris Moumtzis and Colin Somervell. 2016 brought a collaboration with Dave de Rose on drums, giving a new direction and depth to their sound. ... more

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