This album took a long time to mature. Years ago, when Mark Bossanyi (Muncle Ark) lived in the UK, his Dad Jo came back from what was then Yugoslavia with a load of cassettes. Mark was amazed at what he heard. At the time, rock and blues dominated the UK music scene. There was nothing like these amazing time signatures and the speed and tightness of the playing. The rhythms were totally unknown in the UK, but really catchy. Mark Bossanyi hoped one day to bring them closer to UK audiences by putting them to English lyrics. It took until now for the idea to see the light of day.
In the meantime, jazz was what captivated Mark Bossanyi. He took up the banjo, then the accordion and the double bass. After arriving in Bulgaria in the 1990s, he formed Swing Regime with Misho Nedkov and Vladi Mihailov. It wasn't a serious band at the time, just some friends having a good time playing old-time jazz and occasionally appearing in Sofia clubs. Over the years, Swing Regime went on playing through all the comings and goings of all sorts of musicians: Yuri Bozhinov (double bass), Julian Zhekov (drums), Mitko Karamfilov (double bass), Nasko Hadzhiev (sax and clarinet), Tome Iliev (clarinet), to name but a few - and more recently, Body Bozduganova, one of the few really professional female double bass players in Bulgaria. It was a lot of fun, enriched with singers like Jenny Djambazova, Sunnie and the band's long-time friend Phred Mileski.
Mark Bossanyi started composing his own songs at the time and added them to the instrumentals he wrote back in the UK. But it wasn't until long after a concert tour in France in 2004 with the Bacillus Balkanicus Band (Stas Mihailov, Nasko Hadzhiev, Misho Nedkov and Mark Bossanyi) that the latest Swing Regime combo took up Mark's original material.
His dream from back in the UK finally came to fruition with this mini-album, featuring Nina Ilkova (vocals), Lazar Benov (drums), Ivan Stilyanov (guitar) and Mark Bossanyi himself.
Special thanks to all of them, and especially to Lazar Benov with his fine sound recording skills, for all the time he spent on this.