Rock Gitano is a Swiss DJ who first made a name for himself in the Zurich electro-scene, but then rediscovered his Yenish roots and is now an established name in the Balkan-circuit. With 'Rock Gitano presents Pandemonium Gitano', Rock now also presents his first album; a project for which he joined forces with a string of names from the Gypsy scene and beyond -Gogol Bordello, Mahala Rai Banda, Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Jaro Milko & The Cubalkanics, Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha - which you might have noticed on these pages before, but also a lot of names which did not immediately ring a bell. With the solid rock-like opener 'This Way' by Palko Muski, Rock Gitano immediately does his name proud, but for 'Romani Gili', Terno and Mahala Rai Banda Gili provide a familiar Balkan vibe. Then it's off to Israel for Boom Pam's 'Ars Meduplam' and we're offered some actual Balkan-beats with German band Äl Jawala's 'Heart Overload', in a remix by Pelletronica and Sumakari. Gogol Bordello's 'Pala Tute' is in the same vein as opener 'This Way', and with Amsterdam Klezmer Band's 'A Sheine Velt' we even get a dash of klezmer. Austrian Russkaja serve up some ska-punk and the next track Kosovo based band Offchestra's 'Bajram' continues on that same ska-theme. A little more traditional but no less infectious is Geneva's Gypsy Sound System's 'Press The Balls', and London's Gypsy Hill spice their Balkan mix with drum & bass and surf guitars. Then it's off to the high North for some Finnish tango inspired sounds by Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha, but immediately after Haris Pilton and, once more, Gypsy Sound System, turn the heat back on. Kumpania Algazarra infuses their 'Pudim' with influences from the fado, and the party ends with the drinking song polka-punk of Canadian band The Dreadnoughts. 'Pandemonium Gitano' indeed!