DJs are the new gypsies — popularitywise, totally marketable. That's why TLC cashed in on My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding and National Geographic's American Gypsies is one of the greatest shows on television. But what about gypsy DJs, electronic music-makers catering to a generation of free-spirited vagabonds hopped up on molly and easily entranced by heavy womp-womps and bleep-bloops? That's why we need more Beats Antique. There just hasn't been enough belly-dancing and beat-making together to rep this group of button-pushing troubadours. Blending elements of world music and performance art, the Oakland-based collective has released a steady stream of music since its inception in 2007. "We also like to expose people to the different cultural influences we have, from India to Eastern Europe and beyond," Beats Antique's Zoe Jakes recently told the Horn. In September, the crew released Contraption Vol. 2, four years removed from Vol. 1. However, that's not to say that the group wasn't working in the meantime. Beats Antique released three records between Contraptions and credit much of their recent success to the rise of EDM. "It is superexciting to see a younger crew inspired and ready to go," Jakes told the Horn. "It keeps us young!"
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