A DJ and producer Paul Dolby- more commonly known as Seiji- is the member of Bugz In The Attic collective. Seiji’s music adventure begun classically- he was trained as a cellist. In the early 90s he discovered Hardcore, Jungle and later US House music and became involved in DJing few years later. As we read on his last.fm profile “his first releases came out through the seminal Jungle/Drum & Bass label, Reinforced, culminating in an album with his production partner at the time, G-Force.”
At that time Seiji begun a collaboration with Orin Walters (Afronaught) with whom he formed Bugz in the Attic that later grew into a collective of 8 individuals based in West London. Bugz in the Attic collective then set up a studio and label “carving out a strong reputation, both individually and collectively, as cutting edge remixers and underground recording artists.”
Seiji’s eclectic sets have the elements of broken beats, uk funky, garage, house and nu jazz. To taste his music go here.
The main guest Seiji will be properly supported by the local Wrocław based Boorgroove, Kindaka LIVE, TVB, Vester and Wuja.
Go to Przestrzeń Muzyczna Puzzle and take part in this great electronic music event- the blast starts at 9 pm on Saturday the 26th of March and the entry fee is 10 Zloty.
Free Mind Section is a Wrocław based DJ-ing / VJ-ing squad mixing such music genres like drum’n'bass, jungle, dubwise, dubstep, dub, reggae and dancehal. During their 3 year career they shared the scene with Marika & Ruff Radics, Numer Raz, Grubson, Dj Feel X, Bob One, Counterstrike, Audio and Forbidden Society.
Free Mind Section will be represented by Kakita, PtaQ, Clicker, Flipster and they will be joined by Sozi and Kade. Bass Liberate party starts today at 9pm and the admission’s free. If bass based electronic music is your kind of thing- go to K12 club located on 51 Ruska Street and inaugurate the weekend to the quality sounds of liberating bass beats.
On Friday Melin cafe invites you for the DJ sets of a techno and house producer Jay Shepheard from Retrofit label. He specializes in a fusion of the clubbing classics and a modern electronica. The support consists of local DJs Vitek Jansky, Koza Z Nostra, Jurasze and the dubstep zone will be controlled by TLR, S400, P500 and Clicker.
Go to Melin cafe located on 4 Szajnochy Street on this Friday the 18th at 10pm. The admission is 15 Zloty
Made In Poland VI is an art and music event taking place in Krakowska 180 club located on 180 Krakowska Street.
The organizers’ aim is to promote mixed media artists performers inherently associated with Poland. In short the goal is to present you the Polish export representation. The program of this event is divided into two parts:
Within the first part, the organizers prepared an exhibition of the work of the following emerging artists: Aleksandra Wałaszek, Weronika Kołodziej and Grzegorz Teszbir, as well as some live performances. You will have chance to witness the live painting performed by Agnieszka Rzeźnik, see a film “In The Shadow” documenting the history of street art in Wrocław as well as enjoy the brake-dance performance by the skilled b-boys from FunkyMasons.
The second part of Made In Poland VI is dedicated to all the fans of electronic beats. Anna Suda aka AN ON BAST from Poznań is an electronic music composer. Her music is based on the classical music forms which she mixes with the contemporary experimental sounds. GATHASPAR from Warsaw is a very promising electronic music artist, who quite recently debuted for the Berlin record label Resopal.
All in all expect a lot of musical and visual stimuli. Made In Poland VI kicks off on the 19th of March in Krakowska 180 club at 8pm.
If you happen to enjoy this kind of combination you should go to Lulu Belle Cafe located on 1 Purkiniego Street. 2 Wrocław based soundsystems, 4 Irish crews and perhaps the most anticipated Mateusz Miller aka Radikal Guru- a producer and DJ born in Poland but currently based in Cork, Ireland will all make sure you wont leave the this place disappointed.
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On the 26th of March the British hip-hop squad will perform live in Wrocław.
The Herbaliser is a hip-hop band formed by Ollie Teeba and Jake Wherry from London, UK in 1994. Currently one of the most famous artists from the Ninja Tune independent record label, they have released 7 LPs, including a DJ mix for Ninja Tune’s Solid Steel series.
Perkalaba group , which may be familiar to all you guys attending all kinds of folk rock festivals is known for highly energetic performances and mixing many seemingly un-mixable genres. In their sound you’ll find raw and restless anarchistic punk, combined with the energy of ska and the charm of local folk music.
Let’s not label their work though- simply expect a tense and lively gig. Our close neighbors from Ukraine will play in Łykend club on the 23rd of February. Too see Perkalaba you’ll have to pay 20 Zloty admission fee.
To listen to the band’s music go to their website at www.myspace.com/perkalaba
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An open discussion about this project aimed to provide a public infrastructure for renting bikes in Wrocław will take place on the 22nd of February that is next Tuesday in Infopunkt located on 5 Łokietka street.
During this event the following issues will be debated:
Is Wrocław ready for the project economically ?
Will the system be efficient enough and how to measure this efficiency?
How exactly will the City Bikes’ system function technically?
What are the plans for furher development and financing of the project?
If you think these issues and questions concern you this event will be a good opportunity to take part in the discussion as well see how other cities in Poland and abroad have approached it.
The discussion is organized by Infopunkt and Wrocławska Inicjatywa Rowerowa- Wrocław Bikes Initiative .
As you know Wroclaw isn’t an ideal place to cycle. it isn’t so yet so if believe in better future for our beautiful city- go there and get involved!
For more info go to rowerowy.wroclaw.pl.
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The long-awaited new track from the forthcoming album of this German band.
Lali Puna is a project from Munich, Germany, known for their highly-acclaimed previous releases, notably “Scary World Theory”. Valerie Trebenjahr, the vocalist, along with drummer Christoph Brandner (Tied & Tickled Trio), keyboardist Christian Heiß, and Markus Acher (from the popular band The Notwist) create an atmospheric blend of pop and electronic music.Now, it seems like ages ago, but since the release of their last album, “Faking the Books”, in 2004, Lali Puna had a gig in Wroclaw at the Metropolis club, along with some techno/house projects. The delicate voice of Valerie, who has an Asian origin and looks like a little Japanese girl, resounded through the club and totally changed the atmosphere of this hard electro event. We hope Lali Puna will visit our city again, maybe soon, on a promotional tour for their new album, “Our Inventions”, which is now available. You can also check out another song, “That Day”, together with a beautiful video from Yu Sato, on the website www.lalipuna.de.
A relaxing song by an unconventional artist.
It is said that Alfred Weisberg-Roberts chose the moniker “Daedelus” because he’s always trying to be as inventive as possible. He can play double bass and bass clarinet and studied jazz, but his main interest was always in mixing sounds from the 30′s and 40′s with children’s records, spoken word and soundtracks into a blend of IDM, as it is today. Daedalus talks of HipHop-tronic-disco Alfred Weisberg-Roberts-nujack-swing. His melodies are sometimes melfluous, lovely and charming, but the arrangements are often childish and done with a huge dose of artistic freedom. Daedelus is not just an prolific musician. He’s also witty when it comes to titles: 2003′s Rethinking the Weather, 2004′s Of Snowdonia, 2005′s Exquisite Corpse, and 2006′s Daedelus Denies the Day’s Demise. “Order Of The Golden Dawn” is a piece of chillout music with a gentle female vocal, evoking Koop and popular balearic sounds.
Another talented girl from Ninja Tune is always good news!
There is no doubt that Ninja Tune is one of the most remarkable labels in the history of independent music, responsible for bringing us such artists as Bonobo, Deadelus, Coldcut, DJ Vadim, DJ Kentaro, Kid Koala, Jagga Jazzist and many many more.
Although the label has recently lost some of its previous weight, a new artist from them is still quite a big event in the world of music. Emika graduated in music, so this is probably responsible for her use of a piano in this single. She started off with a contribution to another single, “Price Tag”, which was had a deep house style. Now she’s continuing to play with the listener using her cryptic,intriguing vocal mix with hushed samples produced by herself. “Drop The Other” is something of an infusion of pop, dub, trip hop and house. Fans of Fever Ray will be happy, but it also evokes a polish project, De Coy, from a few years back. Oh, and she’s, surprisingly, from Germany! It seems to us that Emika is somebody who could seriously stir some things up this year, but, of course, in a positive way.
A slogan to sum up Brennnesel: “I can’t believe it’s Polish!”
Michell Phunk is prospective Polish DJ, Michał Biernacki, who is one of the most recognizable faces of Brennnesel, an electronic label associated with Kamp!, one of the most promising current Polish projects. Phunk describes his music style as electro-future-funk-vibe, which indeed makes for an intriguing mixture of recent electronic influences. He has recently released his debut album, “My electric emotion”, available for free with the “Laif” magazine and soon via free digital download on the label’s site. Michał is now working on his second album.
“Leaving My World” is his latest single that features his label’s colleagues AXMusique. The whole recording is available to download at the Brennnessel official website.
The real challenge for every remixer is to pick an inconspicuous song and turn it into a dancefloor banger. But if they succeed, victory tastes, or rather sounds, sweet.
Such a transformation must be even harder when the picked song has a studied, a bit experimental background. In this case, the remixed track “Your Love Is My Love” is a song produced by Kixnare – an extremely gifted Polish producer who doesn’t hesitate to record an unusual beat. Although he had done his job perfectly, it’s hard to imagine this slow-paced, soulful song on the setlist of the best party of the year. But hey, after the sound surgery conducted by Club Collab the patient feels harder, better, faster, stronger!
Warsaw-based DJ collective has thinned down the background and introduced the French house’s synths. Club Collab has looped Gloria Lama‘s vocals and combined and placed it on the gentle, futuristic beats. A delightful disco piece that, actually, fits both spontaneous nights and reflective evenings.
The Snow Queen dances to electro beats.
Her name is Holy Dodson and she resides in Canada. Her subordinates are precise, synthetic beats and classic disco keys. Her dynasty originates from the greatest rulers, such as Moroder and Kraftwerk. If you’re lucky, you can meet her at the banquet with The Knife and Baxter, where they serve such tasty dishes as italo-disco, electro and synth-pop. This week we recommend to you “Ultralight” – the speciality of the house.
“Ultralight” is an electro-bullet that goes fast through the web of keyboard melodies. Holy’s clear and pleasing voice makes the song somehow comparable to Ladythron‘s pieces. A bit sentimental, yet very satisfying journey through the dancefloors of the last decades.
The new Groove Armada is finally out!
Groove Armada is an English band consisting of Tom Findley and Andy Cato, who have been making music together since the 90′s. They mix modern sounds and tunes from a variety of electronic genres and put them into a formula of poppy songs. Groove Armada‘s best known album is 2002’s “Lovebox“.
They appeared in Poland at the Heineken Opener Festival a few years ago and, although it was raining heavily, a big crowd of Poles enjoyed their energetic performance. During some gigs last year, the guys from the band were promising that the new album would be released soon. It was forecast by “I Won’t Kneel” – a greatly acclaimed song, claimed by some media representatives to be one of the best singles of 2009. Findlay said that “Black Light“, their last effort, would be the darker side of Groove Armada which they had always wanted to show during the past 12 years. Now, in February 2010, they’ve finally provided us with their newest album and also the new single “Paper Romance“. It’s a song featuring not only the group’s new singer SaintSaviour, known already from “I Won’t Kneel”, but also Fenech-Soler. Enjoy!
If you set out to find the most appropriate name for a jazz singer, you probably couldn’t do any better than Jose James, could you?
The protégé of Giles Peterson (a meritorious radio DJ and music promoter) released his debut with his Brownswood Recordings. The album that hit the shelves in 2008 was a great success and James was proclaimed the new saviour of vocal jazz. Surprisingly, the second album not only takes after “The Dreamer” its smooth atmosphere, but also presents Jose as an open-minded artist who is conscious of the latest trends in electronic music.
This week’s pick is a perfect mixture of soulful, erotic vocals and delicate, organic background. Although “Code” was produced by Flying Lotus – one of the most intriguing and far-sighted musicians of the last few years, the outcome shows great respect towards the genre’s tradition. A marvellous preview of the “Blackmagic” album.
Who would have thought that journalists around the world would still be writing about Scott-Heron and his music in 2010?… Even more amazingly- in the present tense!
Poet, musician, activist, prisoner and former member of the Black Panther movement… that basically sums up Gill Scott-Heron, though he’s best known for his music activity. His first albums, like “Small Talk at 125th and Lenox” are very raw in terms of arrangements and production and present Scott-Heron as a witty, left-wing observer. This critic of the American government shared his observations through the medium of spoken poetry and that’s why he’s often acclaimed as the godfather of rap.
Surprisingly, after sixteen years of silence, Scott-Heron has decided to return with a new album. “I’m New Here“, named after the Bill Callahan song, met with a very enthusiastic reception, which is totally justified. The first single “Me and the Devil” presents Scott-Heron in a different musical context. His thrilling, cracked voice is contrasted against gloomy, synthetic beats. It seems that Scott-Heron is like wine – the older, the better.
It seems that Caribou is a totally unforeseeable creature you can hardly keep up with. Fortunately, tracing its roots is not exhausting but actually pleasurable.
“Let’s do something real” – sing this English band, but their music tends to be more unreal and ephemeral than down-to-earth.
Delphic is a band from Manchester which has just released its debut album, “Acolyte”. Although their previous work was released by by the acclaimed French label, Kitsune, this is their first record to have Polydor’s logo on the cover. By signing to this label, they’ve followed such artists as La Roux, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Weezer and even Gwen Stephani and Lady GaGa. But their music is far removed from nauseous pop. They compare themselves to New Order, even playing “Bizarre Love Triangle” occaisionally at concerts, but – according to the critics – they sound more like a slightly different version of Friendly Fires.
“This Momentary“, along with the whole album, is more a hot prospect for the future than a sensation, but it’s still worth listening to.