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full of beats & bops from the northernmost parts of europe.

Chodz na pole – Polish hip hop for beginners

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.

Tracks:

  1. Nokturn – Czarny Hifi
  2. Tabasko – O.S.T.R.
  3. Normalnie o tej porze – Kaliber 44
  4. Kaubanga – Sztigar Bonko
  5. Nowe bloki – Vienio feat. Hades
  6. Na szczycie – Grubson
  7. Banicja – Bisz (B.O.K.) feat. Pawbeats
  8. Rio – Miuosh
  9. Co mam powiedzic – Pezet
  10. Chodz na pole – Krakowskie Rap Kontratakuje (KRK)

Do you know better than this? Recommendations are always welcome!

Tribute to Warsaw

With all due respect to David Bowie, when I listen to the track Warszawa from his Low album I can only think of how  it feeds the conception of a hopelessly dull, depressing city.

For a more rounded picture, here is a selection of 14 tunes with a (sometimes far-fetched, I know) reference to the capital of Poland.

Listen here – tracks are listed below!

Park Lazienki, Warsaw
Warsaw in the sun

Tracks:

  1. Warsaw ragtime – New Orleans Stompers
  2. Warsaw – Dessa
  3. Warsaw or the first breath you take after you give up
    – Them Crooked Vultures
  4. Gangster ska – Warsaw Poland Bros
  5. Warsaw – Groove Armada (James Curd remix)
  6. Warszawa – T. Love
  7. Warsaw – Sneijder (Arctic Moon remix)
  8. Sen o Warszawie – Cieslaw Niemen
  9. Warsawa – 50 HERTZ
  10. Warsaw – Joy Division
  11. Warszawa – Kombajn do zbierania kur po wioskach
  12. Warsaw in the sun – Tangerine Dream
  13. Varshe: Warsaw – Mappamundi
  14. Warszawo, moja Warszawo – Warszawskie Combo Taneczne

Sampled by Miuosh

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.

Tracks:

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

For the love of Miuosh

Two years in Poland have taught me that there is more to this country than vodka. It is also full of ace hip hop in general and of Miuosh in particular.

Language barrier? Äsch. Isn’t most communication non-verbal anyway? But OK, you may want to check the online Urban Dictionary for meanings of kurwa and ja pierdole.

Tracks:

Wiecej niz mozesz (Piata strona swiata, 2011)
Na zawsze (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Sado feat Textyl (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Matka i krew (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Swiatlo (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Zly (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Kazde (Piata strona swiata, 2011)
Born sinner feat JWP (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Barwy szczescia (Pogrzeb, 2009)
Szczury (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Sam (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Nie zamykaj dzisiaj drzwi (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Fejmhejter (Nowe swiatlo, 2013)
Roze z betonu (Prosto przed siebie, 2012)
Chronos (Piata strona swiata, 2011)

Sóley and my local laundrette

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.

Listen to Theatre Island and The sun is going down II on YouTube.

Northern Lights XIX

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.

  1. Modern drift – Efterklang
  2. Dust if off – The Dø
  3. One piece concept – ASS
  4. Alike – Efterklang
  5. The fox – Niki and the Dove
  6. Scale it back – DJ Shadow and Little Dragon
  7. The bridge is broken – The Dø
  8. Ledmotiv – Tvärvägen
  9. Sundog – Niki and the Dove
  10. Aint nobody laughing at me – ASS
  11. I was playing drums – Efterklang
  12. Moon (Ridu remix) – Björk
  13. DJ ease my mind (acapella) – Niki and the Dove
  14. Spaceherosuites – Those dancing days
  15. I can’t find my knife – Tvärvägen

The last song is dedicated to the brilliant Simply Krav Maga club in Cambridge. Keep fighting guys : )

Jamie who?

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.

Tracks:

  • Street – Jamie Woon
  • Your sweet boom – Jamie Lidell
  • Far nearer – Jamie XX
  • Air and lack thereof – James Blake
  • Night air (Ramadanman refix) – Jamie Woon
  • NY is killing me – Jamie XX and Gil Scott-Heron
  • Multiply (Herbert’s Hoedown Bump) – Jamie Lidell
  • Multiply (Hot Chip mix) – Jamie Lidell
  • The City (Four Tet mix) – Jamie Lidell
  • Wayfaring stranger (Burial remix) – Jamie Woon
  • The Wilhelm scream – James Blake
  • Compass – Jamie Lidell
  • She needs me – Jamie Lidell
  • Multiply in a minor key – Jamie Lidell

Wallander

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.

Listen to the beautiful song Quiet Night, sung by Anna Ternheim.

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 : )

Katzenjammer

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.

Click here to watch the YouTube mix for Katzenjammer. It will cheer you up.

Breaks a la Brighton

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.

The mixes below are from 2010, 2007 and 2005 and are available at Soundcloud and/or Samurai.fm.


Krafty Kuts (Oct 2010)

Krafty Kuts (Fabric Live)

Cakeboy

Askills