In January 2015, I had the enormous pleasure of playing a very special retrospective DJ mix featuring my various music projects and remixes on the Polish radio show called Kluboteka, which airs on the national Czwórka radio.
Bert, who is the host, was very generous to give me half of his two hour long show and I was able to include a lot of rarities there, including one track with me singing in Polish. Enjoy!
The story of ‘It’s Time Now’ goes back quite a few years, all the way to 2003 when Martin composed and produced the first demo of the track and sang the words ‘crying hard’ into a vocoder. Later that year he performed the instrumental version of this track for the first time live in Melbourne. (To hear this and more historical recordings head over to the ‘rarities’ playlist on soundcloud.com/koshowko/sets/rarities). In 2004 Martin met the Swiss vocalist Florence Etelka, who was travelling in Australia at the time and they recorded her haunting vocals in Martin’s studio, a recording which you can now hear across all the tracks on this EP.
For the next couple of years Martin got busy with releasing other KOshowKO material but in 2007 he teamed up with Whitebait with whom he co-produced a new version of ‘It’s Time Now’ and the radio edit complemented by a music video was released in 2008 as one of the tracks on KOshowKO’s EP ‘Anarchy Monarchy’.
Fast forward to early 2014 and Emerald and Doreen records puts out a previously unreleased vintage Dance Logic Remix of ‘It’s Time Now’ on their very first compilation album ‘Emerald Waves’ alongside tracks by such artists as Skatebård, Ajello, Ali Renault and The Beat Broker.
The new ‘It’s Time Now’ EP put together for Emerald And Doreen in 2014 includes the extended vocal and instrumental versions based on the radio edit as well as a selection of brand new remixes. Martin K wears his Philosophy Of Sound hat and delivers a funky and catchy as hell take on the track. Artists that he has been admiring for a long time also deliver their remixes here in the form of a retro styled dance floor burner by @IrregularDiscoWorkers as well as a charming late night affair delivered by @MarbeyaSound. The package also includes a dub remix by Boccaccio who takes the track in yet another exciting direction.
So come with us on this musical journey of several meticulously crafted tracks, as it is indeed the time now – maybe forever!
It was really nice to play some gigs back in Poland in May/June and spend some quality time in EU during late spring and early summer. While in PL, I run one workshop and played two gigs where I used two iPads as instruments (my portable live set-up since I played at White Night Festival in Melbourne earlier this year). I was chuffed to o be interviewed in some big weekly newspapers (like Slowo Podlasia, Dziennik Wschodni or Tygodnik Podlaski) in the region where I grew up as well as on radio and TV. And to sum it all up, there was a large feature article/interview published in August in a monthly mag ‘Pryzmat’.
A big thank you to all the media outlets for such a great coverage of my roots as well as musical and sound related research activities! If you’re fluent in Polish you can read some of the interviews at the bottom of this post.
iOS Music apps are a lot of fun. Finally there’s immediacy while working with software, something what’s much harder to find in standalone music applications.
I recently played with an app called Yellofier, co-designed by Boris Blank from the iconic Swiss electronic duo Yello. And below you can find a demo track created purely with the app – written and produced on an iPad and featuring vocals of 13 months old Olivia Milla and Yellofier’s samples.
I grew up on Yello’s music and it’s been also a huge inspiration when working on various Philosophy Of Sound and Koshowko tracks in the past.
Yellofier is a 4 track pattern sequencer and working with the app was so much fun as it feels extremely intuitive. Apart from being a good creative tool, Yellofier is also very good at engaging the right side of the brain which is best at expressive and creative tasks. That’s my little theory anyway…