A jamming Balkan Beat Box explores funky new frontiers

Balkan Beat Box pose for a photo after an interview with AFP in New York on October 26, 2016When Balkan Beat Box set out to record its latest album, the genre-defying Israeli band went into a studio and jammed just to see what it would come up with. Steamy reggae dominates the sound of Balkan Beat Box, but singer Tomer Yosef brings a staccato rap delivery, and the band, true to its name, infuses the klezmer dance music of Eastern Europe with wide Middle Eastern influences. "I Trusted U" — the first single, whose wrestling-themed video has been seen more than 1.2 million times on YouTube — is driven by energetic bursts of saxophone with touches of tango.