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Don Premyzlaf
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Don Premyzlaf Dobrze, ze jestescie i gracie:) Dzieki! Favorite track: Sound Garden.
Tomasz Sadowski
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Tomasz Sadowski Thx guys for another great album.
this is my third one in collection. Favorite track: Transit.
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dboobie I first heard of Skalpel back when they remixed a track called Placze Rymami on the Grammatik EP+ record (circa 99'), that was my favorite track on that album. Amazing sounds on this record Transit will literally take you across the globe with different sounds and melodies. Must have record, A+ Favorite track: Sea.
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nicole. hip hop and jazz seem to have made a beautiful baby on this here record.
Andrew Jervis
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Andrew Jervis So glad to see these guys back after a lengthy hiatus, still heavy on the cinematic jazz tip. Favorite track: Sea.
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When SKALPEL was releasing their debut album on Ninja Tune in 2004, Poland was just accessing the European Union and NME described the music duo as an exotic oddity from a faraway land. After 10 years and with 2 nu-jazz classic albums under their belt („Skalpel“ and „Konfusion“) that put Poland on the electronic genre map. SKALPEL, well respected and recognized is back with a new release in yet again an important moment in history when the Polish Prime Minister becomes the new European Council President .

On their previews releases SKALPEL „resurrected the dusty and smoky spirit of 60s and 70s Polish Jazz and then re-imagined it for 21st century audiophiles”. The new album TRANSIT shows that the producers‘ imagination takes them much further beyond Polish inspirations creating a truly international blend. They do not limit themselves to Europe but also reach for music of American continents and take a journey across Asia. Eastern European melancholy intertwines with Mediterranean warmth.Transit is about transition – from one music genre to another, from sample-based music to programming and electronic production, from black and white to full colour spectrum, from dark to bright, form low-fi to hi-fi. Finally from Ninja Tune to their own imprint PlugAudio.

Transit is about communication: conquering literally borders between countries but also metaphorically between music styles the world over. It’s about communicating with fans through emotions, feeling and soul.

To describe the music one could use: ambient, swing, latin, cinematic, trip-hop, easy-listening, broken beat but the key word is really VIBES. In music instrument context, there are a lot of vibraphone parts on it but also in terms of ambience, there are plenty of good vibes.

Marcin and Igor still live in Poland, where SKALPEL has a cult status but a lot of their fans moved to the UK and other European countries and the social, political and cultural European environment in Europe has changed.

In Skalpel’s case, a lot has also changed, however, what was written about their first album remains: “Warm, crisp and complex without being complicated. A refreshing break with prevailing UK trendmongering and banwagoneering, Skalpel are just focusing on doing it right.”

… And this is the right time for SKALPEL’s new music.


released October 10, 2014

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