If you have never listened to Polish hip hop, you have a lot to look forward to.
For those who don’t know the language, I am pleased to say that Nokturn has no lyrics, Kaubanga makes no sense anyway, and the rest of the tracks are about normal, everyday things – about Poland, of course, and stuff like concrete and mountain tops and porn and the moomins.
Nokturn – Czarny Hifi
Tabasko – O.S.T.R.
Normalnie o tej porze – Kaliber 44
Kaubanga – Sztigar Bonko
Nowe bloki – Vienio feat. Hades
Na szczycie – Grubson
Banicja – Bisz (B.O.K.) feat. Pawbeats
Rio – Miuosh
Co mam powiedzic – Pezet
Chodz na pole – Krakowskie Rap Kontratakuje (KRK)
Do you know better than this? Recommendations are always welcome!
My obsession with the Polish hip hop artist Miuosh continues. After a year of listening to his stuff practically every day, I started digging into the samples and found some real gems as well as a few odd surprises. Sublime in a funny way.
Love of my life – Wilson Pickett
Don’t leave me lonely – King Floyd
Punish me – Margie Joseph
Fairytale – Alexander Rybak
You needn’t worry now – Smoke
My home – Nneka
I got over love – Major Harris
It’s so hard to break a habit – The Webs
Jeanny – Falco
The way we were – 21st century
Normalnie o tej porze – Kaliber 44
Studda step – Biz Markie
Astrobolid – Jerzy Milian
Eternal love – Stephanie Mills
During my first couple of months in Krakow, I found myself living in a small apartment without a washing machine, prompting regular visits to the local laundrette.
Luckily for me, Frania Cafe and laundrette proved to be something out of the ordinary: a combined cafe, bar, art gallery with local artists and free wifi-spot. Plus a constant supply of good music. Like Sóley’s Theatre Island, for example.
Sóley is a pianist and singer from Iceland who used to be in Seabear, if I’ve understood things right. Theatre Island is from 2010 but she also released the album We sink in 2011 which is also very good.
I know I should be packing at the moment. And Christmas shopping. And learn Polish. And sort out a million and one other things that moving from Cambridge to Krakow via Christmas celebrations in Stockholm involve.
It’s just that I’m a little bit infatuated with every track below so I thought I’d spread the love.
Modern drift – Efterklang
Dust if off – The Dø
One piece concept – ASS
Alike – Efterklang
The fox – Niki and the Dove
Scale it back – DJ Shadow and Little Dragon
The bridge is broken – The Dø
Ledmotiv – Tvärvägen
Sundog – Niki and the Dove
Aint nobody laughing at me – ASS
I was playing drums – Efterklang
Moon (Ridu remix) – Björk
DJ ease my mind (acapella) – Niki and the Dove
Spaceherosuites – Those dancing days
I can’t find my knife – Tvärvägen
The last song is dedicated to the brilliant Simply Krav Maga club in Cambridge. Keep fighting guys : )
Why is everyone I listen to at the moment called Jamie? It’s absurd.
Favourite Jamie: Lidell. Is this guy getting the recognition he deserves or have I just not been paying attention (more likely)?
Favourite track: Burial’s version of Wayfaring stranger is strangely addictive.
Favourite album: James Blake. Funnily enough I don’t listen to it that much. It’s almost like a painting in a museum; I admire it but that doesn’t mean I always enjoy it. I bet it sounds amazing live though.
I have seen a fair bit of the Swedish crime series Wallander on BBC iPlayer recently and have to say I’m growing increasingly fond of the series (this is the Swedish version, with Krister Henrikson as Wallander). This surprised me as I’ve never regarded Wallander or his creator Henning Mankell particularly highly before. I reckon the gorgeous soundtrack by the Fleshquartet has got something to do with it.
The full score is available on Spotify at Fleshquartet – Wallander – The Music (American amigos: in case you didn’t know, Spotify is now available in the US – let me know if you need an invite so that you can support Swedish entrepreneurship : )
Last weekend the Cambridge Folk Festival took place, and the highlight was no doubt – with all due respect to Laura Marling who was also brilliant – Katzenjammer: four very talented girls from Norway who play some kind of balkan-inspired polka punk.
Now I feel like I should say something profound about the massacre at Utöya a couple of weeks ago but it has left me speechless.
For ages I’ve been meaning to upload something upbeat and energetic to balance my previous post – it’s not winter anymore! Finally then, here are the most upbeat and energetic guys I know: Krafty Kuts, Cakeboy and Askillz, all from Brighton.
Best party music ever, and if you’re old and boring like me I can assure you that it works just as well for long distance running. And kickboxing.