Polarity/1 | Speechless

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Speechless

by Polarity/1

Polarity/1 is agenre-bending organism about groove, texture and evidence of human interference. Made of equal parts hipHop, pan-African groove science, funk and downtown New York jazz.
Genre: Electronic: Experimental
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1. Bring On The Sudz
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2. Senhor Softee
5:30 album only
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3. The Marvin Stomp
5:20 album only
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4. Speechless
5:03 album only
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5. The Eagle Has Descended
4:42 album only
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6. Nilestones
5:52 album only
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7. Land o Debbies
5:08 album only
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8. Blues For Chucky
4:50 album only
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9. The Sumo Glide
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10. Munton's Revenge
5:50 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SPEECHLESS changes the colors of the room. Things happen. Cheesy cultural artifacts sprinkled on sarcastic spaghetti. Mood music for non-linear equations and unlikely postures. Doesn't require drug-ingestion... IS drug ingestion. The grooves moves and the sex is textural. Beat science for curved dancefloor.

Speechless was one of five nominees for Best Electronica CD of 2004 for indie music organization JFP (Just Plain Folks) that covers music from 85 countries in over 60 different genres of music. It's been remastered and re-released with a new track.

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Review of CD Speechless: "Polar Levine, a/k/a Polarity/1, has been making textural music for roughly 20 years, creating an intriguing plate of jazz slapped with interference, loops and found noise. … The splicings are far from random -- Levine knows exactly what he’s doing and why… I love the fact that Polarity/1 uses several live musicians instead of relying exclusively on samples; saxmaster Michael Blake is particularly adept at his craft. Levine succeeds in his mission of forcing you to pay attention and not lull into the sounds you “expect” to hear. However, the result is even more effective if you enjoy without reservations the sounds you hear instead." -- StarPolish.com

Review of CD Speechless: "Polarity/1 is the brainchild of NYC composer/producer/visual artist Polar Levine, who when not making music, is running his own little spin of web subversion, with PopCultMedia In it's entirety, Polarity/1's "Speechless" immediately strikes you as a lost soundtrack to some latenight & long forgotten acid trip. An electronic soup of beats, retro, tribal, and fragmented house peppered with bits of incoherent, nanosecond splices of altered speech snipits, off-time breaks, and unrecognizable audio from way back when, in pop cultures collective consciousness. As a sample in one of the tracks states, "If you don't like the music, go out and make some of your own.", but, chances our that you will dig on this funky little electro unit. Highly recommended. Download the track and buy the damn CD already." -- TheRecordIndustry.com

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The music of Polarity/1 is exactly what the name suggests: conjoined opposites - a mash-up of new: cutting edge electronica/hip hop/nu-jazz and old: roots music of America (blues, funk, country, early jazz), Brazil (samba, pagode, etc.) and West African groove science. "Polar succeeds in his mission of forcing you to pay attention and not lull into the sounds you 'expect' to hear," noted StarPolish.com

After a few years of playing percussion in samba bands at S.O.B.'s and other venues, Polar landed in hip hop which combined his interests in grooves, samples and wordplay into one form. He and rapper D.A.V. became Medicine Crew. In the aftermath of 9/11 Polar was asked to do a remix for Nile Rodgers' We Are Family Project released on a compilation by Tommy Boy Records.

His experience of 9/11 which was perpetrated in his neighborhood led to a collaboration with multi-platinum Pakistan rock band Junoon resulting in their hit song 'No More'. Polarity/1's CD, 'Speechless', which was nominated Best Electronica Album by Just Plain Folks, included four instrumentals choreographed by New York's Battery Dance Company in November 2006. He's scored four feature-length documentaries directed by Danny Schechter, including composing and performing the theme songs.

Currently, Polarity/1 is best known for political songs which are a regular feature of Amy Goodman's globally syndicated Democracy Now, NPR and many other politics-oriented broadcasts.

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