Kurs Ost-West (Course East-West)


30 years of Taiga Tunes & Soviet Grooves

RR 21118

Release: 16.03.2019

Apparatschik combines the characteristic Eastern melodies of the former Soviet Union with western beats. With its culture-clash style, it hit the nerve of the transit hub Berlin. The band created a new genre – long before the term „World-music” became known and the Russiandisco wave hit. Apparatschik quickly became a cult band and toured throughout Europe.

Using traditional instruments, such as the balalaika, accordeon, bass balalaika, drums and with profound vocals, Apparatschik whirls over (and with) concert-goers like a storm straight out of the Siberian steppe bringing polka, reggae, Ska, electro swing and dance groove rhythms.

In the new album „Kurs Ost-West”, songs like „Balalaika Techno Trance” amaze insiders because Apparastschik doesn't need special machines for creating the sound effects – it is all real and played by hand. The song „Rjabina” starts as a tranquil atmospheric song that turns into a downhome reggae that invites dancing with strong beats. „Am Samowar” is from the start a relaxed electro swing that channels the typical sounds of the 1930s. „Tschavo” is an indulgence – a chilled slow Gypsy song.
Apparatschik in Concert


  1. 01   Ukrainski Disko  
  2. 02   Rjabina
  3. 03   Maja Marusitschka
  4. 04   Matrosen und Kosmonauten
  5. 05   Nese Gala Vodu
  6. 06   Ciao Bella
  7. 07   Tschavo
  8. 08   Am Samowar  
  9. 09   Apparatschik  
  10. 10   Prost
  11. 11   Balalaika Techno Trance
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▶ Record Release Concerts:

16. and 17.03.2019, 20 Uhr
Maschinenhaus der Kulturbrauerei