For those in the know, Batov Records has released quite a collection of interesting new music over the past couple of years. The label now boasts a refreshing blend of artists from around the world – ranging from delicate folk to raucous gypsy-jazz influenced rock, balkan brass to mariachi fuelled drum n bass, electro blues to greek disco.
Batov came to life in London, but the music has its roots in those odd corners of the globe where people make music just for the fun of it. Back in the heady summer days of 2013, DJ Kobayashi & Bob Martyn started up Batov as simply a place to call home for Gypsy Hill’s catalogue. Around the same time, Herbert Newbert (Gypsy Hill co-founder) & Kobayashi set up a recording studio & production team – Down & Left was born. For the next few years the duo were based on London’s historic Denmark Street and worked with scores of bands and artists – many of whom also needed a label on which to release. Slowly the Batov Records sound came together with this early batch of artists, focusing on world grooves with a particularly Mediterranean flavour.
Undoubtedly the highlight of 2017 was the Batov Records takeover of the Old Town Port stage at the legendary Boomtown Fair Festival – a whole day of Batov artists and the stage went down a storm. The Boomtown crew have been Batov fans since the early days and it was a satisfying recognition of how far things have come. This came hot on the heels of The Great Malarkey’s latest album ‘Doghouse’ on Batov, which capped a great year.
Now, as 2018 rolls around, Batov has just put out it’s 24th release – ‘Meshuge’ by the awesome Tantz. The next big album takes the form of Gypsy Hill, this time operating in a slightly different guise. For the forthcoming LP ‘Producing’ DJ Kobayashi & Herbert Newbert explore carefully chosen collaborations with some of their favourite artists – including the likes of Koby Israelite, Simo Lagnawi & Swingrowers.
Much more than the remix approach they’ve used to great success in the past, this time around each song was worked from the ground up with every artist on the album. The result is a mix of electronic driven tunes and more traditional ones, buy all tied together with Gypsy Hill’s production values and ear for a good hook!.