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Zaide 03:46 video
Dogs Out 04:22 video
Early Song 04:33
Gyuro 05:13
Cats In 03:11
Hare Nishto 05:30
Moma 04:47
Ni Lah 05:14
Drunken Fish 04:02
Zalvera 03:57


Kottarashky’s debut CD was the brainchild of sound collector and interior designer Nikola Gruev from Sofia, Bulgaria. He experimented by combining his own field recordings with electronic beats and quickly had his first album together. After that, the band The Rain Dogs was born. “Opa Hey!” was followed by the groovy “Demoni” and “Cats, Dogs and Ghosts.” But his new music pulsates with dancefloor energy but it also has more vocals than ever before, and features singer Tui Mamaki. Among other songs, the New Zealander sings “Gyuro” accompanied by Asya Andonova and the floating trumpet of Sando Sandov, who also performs seemingly impossible accordion parts. Almost all of the lyrics are traditional, only “Hare Nishto” and “Dogs Out” were improvised in the studio. Kottarashky has uncovered jewels from Bulgarian folklore like “Zalvera,” a little-known song from the Rhodope Mountains about a Muslim girl. He fuses blues, jazz, trip hop, breakbeat, dub and more into a dazzling polyphonic concoction. By working with his excellent live musicians, Kottarashky has further evolved as a band during the pandemic and the tracks sound more soulful and urban without betraying their traditional roots. Kottarashky has never been a ‘Balkan Beats’ conformist, but instead journeys deeply into the Bulgarian cosmos looking for sonic threads to weave into his music, threads that are as eclectic as they are mysterious.


released October 21, 2022

(p) & (c) 2022 Asphalt Tango Records GmbH
recorded at OK Sound Studio - Bulgaria
recording & mixing engineer: Kin Riddimz
mastered by Andreas Jung - Berlin
artwork & layout: Pauline Menendez
With support of Musicautor


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Kottarashky & The Rain Dogs Bulgaria

Kottarashky's approach of using a collection of sounds taken from authentic field recordings is quite similar to artists like Amon Tobin, the only difference being that Gruev found and recorded his sources in the Bulgarian countryside. Combining these, he initiated a tribal digital dance music that went far beyond. ... more

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