I have several piano students who are first generation Polish-Americans, and their parents love me just that much more because I am Polish too. =P I was telling one of the dads of these kids about my love of all things Polish and he ended up giving me 4 CDs with hundreds of Polish artists on them, many of which I have not been able to find on my own. He also showed me the magic of Polska Stacja – an online Polish radio. I have spent countless hours (especially in the music library at school!) listening to the Tylko Polskie Przeboje station!
Several of the artists on these mixed CDs only have a few tracks, and I would love to have their entire albums, but I haven’t been terribly successful in finding all of them. The ones that I do recognize from Tylko Polski Przeboje I have usually been able to find the singles. I’m obviously a complete Polskaphile and I beyond love the sound of the language! Polish has some pretty amazing phonemes. On one of the CDs is a lot of Polish hip-hop/rap and can I just say that I love it?
I have tried to find information on these artists been I have been completely unsuccessful! All I can find are sites in Polish (which may be awesome but I don’t know bo mówić trochę polski!) But check out my favourtie tracks so far! Kaczy featuring Mezo: “Kocham” You know this is my jam!
I was able to at least find a Wikipedia article for Doniu – although it was entirely in Polish. But here is Doniu and Liber featuring Kombi – “Nasze Rendez-vous”. This ones even got an official video! =P
And you know I love the piano in this one by Stok – “Tylko Ty Kochanie”
I stumbled completely accidentally upon “she” while looking for the Taiwanese girl group “S.H.E.” (a fond memory of high school Chinese class which I took for 4 years) and I’m glad I decided to check it out. she is a virtual band formed by Lain Trzaska in Poland. she’s music is electronica/chiptune – something I love being a huge video game nerd and lover of video game music. He uses a mixture of 8-bit sounds and modern electronic colours and often uses acoustic instruments (Trzaska has a background in classical piano) to create a blend of electronic-classical-ambient sounds. I absolutely love the high energy dance sound of the many albums I have listened to so far!
she’s music is all available for free download on his website: she. Definitely check it out and take a look the images and albums!
I am a total “Polska-phile” and when it comes to Polish music, Reni Jusis is at the top of my list. Jusis has had a very interesting career musically speaking, transforming her style from hip-hop, reggae, to electronica, to piano pop. Reni’s career started when she was discovered by Polish rapper/music producer Yaro (the two became a couple), and the pair worked together on her debut album Zakrecona. The album was a mixture of R&B, hip-hop, and funk; and upon its release in 1999 earned Fryderyk Awards for Best Debut Album of the Year, Best Song of the Year, and Best Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year. (Jusis is also classically trained, this year she graduated from the Academy of Music in Poznań with a degree in Choir Conducting.)
Reni’s third album Elektrenika (play on words “electronic” and her name) is one of my favourites. It was at this point her style changed to electronica. The songs are very 80’s inspired. The album had two huge hits: Nic o mnie nie wiecie and Nigdy Ciebe nie zapomnę. The previous is one of my most frequently enjoyed foreign pop songs, and it is also my ring-tone and has been for some time! Jusis’ fourth album, Trans Misja (play on words “trance”, “mission”, and “transmission”) was another huge dance hit, winning the Fryderyk Award for Best Dance/Electronic/Club Album in 2003.
In 2006 Reni left her record company and started her own, Ping Pong Records, and released her fifth studio album, Magnes. This album is another great dance album, and also has several of her previous Polish hits in English (I prefer them in Polish!). Magnes won a Fryderyk for Best Dance Album of the Year. Jusis’ newest album Iluzon, is a turn towards piano-pop so I have read, but I have not yet been able to find a copy of the album, and am desperately searching! Elektrenika and Trans Misja remain my favourite albums, though Magnes is also wonderful. I have heard parts of Iluzon on Reni’s website: Reni Jusis and so far have loved it!