December 1997

Instinctive Traveler
Blue Jackel Entertainment

World beat experiments abound, and some of them are more irritating pretension than fodder for the utopian dance floor. The German group known as Dissidenten is something else, again: an openly border-crossing project that works up its own brand of multi-cultural charm, well-represented on the new one, Instinctive Traveller (Blue Jackel 5015; 47:49). Celebrating 17 years in existence, the collective is a pioneering project in which diversity of cultural input is the raison d'etre: slide guitars, oud, veena, Manfred Schoof's jazz-tinged trumpet interlace with electronic-techno elements. In the center of it all, there's a certain beauty in that the vocal star in this danceable admix is the soulful 18-year-old Bajka, the daughter of charter member, bassist Uve Mullrich. Dissidenten traverses the globe, tastefully.

Originally published in December 1997
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