Mix up a year in music, with a guide to weird, under-the-radar Poland
Monday December 31, 2018. 09:06 PM , from Create Digital Music
Oramics, the DIY collective run by and focusing on women, local, and queer artists, have put together an all-hands mix and a guide to everything wild and wonderful from Poland and beyond. You can’t pick a better way to end 2018 than with strange, new, and different sounds.
We met Oramics in October:
In Poland, a collective for women and queer artists becomes an agency
In many ways, it’s a strange moment for electronic music across Europe and the global scene. True, it’s now in fashion to look beyond centers like London, to make lineups with more women or more queer artists. But while that’s a welcome development – not just politically, but musically – that still doesn’t mean it’s easy for anyone to break through into the limited scene already out there. The very fact that some artists have become commercial commodities can mean an even steeper road for artists who don’t fit in, whatever their identity. Media outlets have ceased print publication. Blogs have shuttered, and music journalists struggle to make ends meet – while having to chase links and followers. And too often, the demands of commercial DJ booking even in this more left field-friendly age are at odds with what makes unique producers and live performances tick.
It’s tough. It’s frustrating. It’s okay to need some friends – even just someone to listen to your music.
I like what Oramics are doing precisely because they’re giving that support to one another outside of the usual system of PR and booking – totally DIY. They’re making their own scene, as Justyna / FOQL is quick to point out.
I think you’ll dig these sounds and discover some new things – and perhaps a model for taking your own weird stuff that fits in, and finding some other people to share with.
Oramics this time team up with another Polish DIY effort, Behind the Stage and their superb podcast series. They turn over the helm of the BTS series to Oramics for a team effort – roughly 20 minutes per person – and give you a total 105 minutes of music:
Running order: Monster, ISNT, FOQL, Mala Herba, dogheadsurigeri.
They’ve also selected their own favorite under-the-radar resources for unique Polish music for CDM. It’s your guide to the Polish underground:
Monster Poly chain sanatory of sound festival photo – Paulina Adaszek.
https://musicofstoriestold.bandcamp.com/ – great lively releases by Seltron 400, some of my favorite Polish producers
– people behind Olivia’s fantastic debut EP
https://flauta.bandcamp.com/ – a club night focused on helping refugees, they released a really impressive VA compilation
https://soundcloud.com/pilpl – a vinyl label from Poznan, focused mostly on underground house
FOQL & Copy Corpo @ Cafe Oto. FOQL is the alias of Polish artist Justyna Banaszczyk.
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