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!
Here we are with the return of the Pillow Dance series (check this post if you want the background). Played at a wedding here in Oakland recently for folks that like the those Latin/Hip Hop beats so there’s definite inspiration here.
Also been playing around with Virtual DJ which has been a real joy. Think it works? Let me know!
Finley Quaye – Even After All
Favela Chic – Batucada
The Fugees – Ready Or Not
Gang Starr – Check The Technique
Daljit Mattu & Ravi Bal – Captain Bhangre Da
Black Uhuru – Happiness
Shawn Chrystopher – One of My Homies
SunSoul – So Danco (Rough Version)
Sincere – MJ Cole
Carmen McRae – How Long Has This Been Going On (MJ Cole Remix)
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp
Public Enemy – Welcome To The Terrordome (1990)
Jon Hopkins – Collider
John Lennon – Working Class Hero
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
Fueled by more than a fair share of Balearic and early rave (but not exclusively), Pillow Dance sprang out from a preschooler and his deranged dad’s desire to get the blood flowing towards the end of the day. Pillows are piled high in the middle of the living room, the beats cranked up and we charge tribal-like in a freestyle dance battle.
With the soundtrack, there’s nostalgia but hopefully something deeper, haling back to a time in the late 80’s when spotty white suburban (mainly European) kids discovered a link with disenfranchised urban gay African Americans. Together they set about building a global movement, discombobulated from any one culture, underpinned by beats and bass created by emergent electronic tools such as the Roland TR-808. Sonically, this magpie music was as happy plundering from punk as it was from disco. A particular strand that grabbed me in my Manchester dorm room at the time was the Balearic scene which prided itself on expanding its influences and actively juxtaposing the elements you’d least consider, with the tongue often placed firmly in cheek.
What emerged from this rich tapestry? House music, garage and just about every music genre which now gets labelled as ‘electronica’. It has indelibly impacted hip hop and has traces in most modern pop music.
Well pontificating aside, our pillow dancing sessions are living proof that this music can spark energy across generations. Give it a go and let me know how it works for you…
Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (LunaSol’s Acid Hacienda Mix)
Piano Fantasia – Song for Denise
Secchi – Flute On (Voice On)
Primal Scream – I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have
UVX – Bug Dub
KC Flightt – Planet E (House Mix)
Soul II Soul ft Caron Wheeler – Keep on Moving (Big Beat Acapella)-
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
Corporation Of One – The Real Life
Vangelis – One More Kiss Dear
I kind of disagree with the write-up for this podcast which comes courtesy of our friends over at XLR8R. Whilst Shed’s podcast for the mag is undeniably ‘banging’ in the warehouse sense of the term, he spends a fair degree of time playing around with higher frequencies and using the bass more as a point of punctuation.
For some reason, this mix works remarkably well as a backdrop/counterpart to the stark city lights encountered on a late night drive. Enjoy.
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 : )
Latest selection of audio slices that are grabbing my goat right now. Some of these tracks have been around for a while (Alexandroid, RA the Rugged Man and Snowboy – actually one of the first albums I owned) mixed up with a bunch of newer numbers.
Given that US Thanksgiving has just passed, I might as well go ahead and say it: I give thanks for all these artists plugging away in their respective genres.
Hope you enjoy.
Alexandroid – Untitled
Zola Jesus – Vessel
Summer Camp – I Want You
Washed Out – Amor Fati
Ra the Rugged Man – Chains
Shabazz Palaces – Swerve
She Said – Black Leather
Apparat – Ash Black Veil
Snowboy – Mambito
Suckers – A Mind I Knew
Zomby – Natalia’s Song