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Folk music is going back to its roots – dancing and fun. But now it’s not in a village, but a club, not roots musicians but DJs, not a wedding party but a sound system. Upmixing!
Following a one-year “maternity/paternity leave”, Warsaw Village Band is returning to the world of CDs and concert stages with two new albums. The first to appear will be the remix CD “Upmixing”. In response to countless requests from the world’s DJs, this CD was produced with the consent of the musicians. The band’s only condition was that it should be a Reggae remix album on the basis of their last studio CD “Uprooting”. The Warsaw Village Band wanted to avoid a mix of mutually incompatible styles. They also stipulated that several of the pieces were to be produced in various versions.
This is the brainchild of Warsaw Village Band – joyful, inventive, danceble. The fruit of much research, hundreds of distant journeys, various fascinations, extraordinary meetings and invaluable friendships. These are the sounds of Warsaw Village Band presented from the perspective of other creators that they met and connected with along the way – Polish, British, French and Jamaican.
The International success of their „Uprooting” album and BBC World Music Award opened up many varied opportunities for the band worldwide. Valuable Polish music business awards – Fryderyk and Machinery as well as other Polish and foreign awards confirmed the Warsaw Village Band’s special place on the musical map. Now the band have invited creative and innovative artists, producers and composers to collaborate with them. Apart from passion, unpretentiousness and openness they all have one more thing in common – phenomenal musical imagination. It appears that folk music and club culture have many similar attributes – aren’t their function and message similar? What, apart from the era, is the difference between traditional dance and euphoria of crazy dancing in a club?
„Upmixing”, is the futuristic realisation of the band’s latest studio album – „Uprooting”. It‘s a meeting with the best producers and DJ’s in Europe. You can hear here the work of UK giants – Trans-Global Underground, Zion Train and Love Grocer, French global dancefloor stars – Dj ClicK and Recycler. Unreleased and forgotten from the „Uprooting” recording sesssions was a track by Warsaw Village Band which was fortuitously found and beautifully re-arranged by Louis Beckett of On-U Sound/Asian Dub Foundation fame.
Long-time band collaborator Mario Activator Dziurex along with Jarek Smok, both of AS One Studio, took their guitars and created a background for the story of Jamaican bobo dread warrior Lutan Fyah. All Sunrises played in their full live line-up and DJ Dubbist of Vavamuffin (Ba-Lan) has for the first time showed his production skills alongside lyrical master Pablopavo. Many other spiritual masters also took up this apparently distant sound material of nuroots music and worked their magic.