Release Date: 9th June 2017
Welcome to Poland: Another country in the midst of fearful flux; where a huge proportion of the country feel their voice is no longer represented by the government; where raw emotions are being exploited cheaply by media to distract, divert and crudely divide; where there is more of a need than ever for like-minded positive souls to unite without prejudice and work together for a better future. The headlines sound too familiar for many of us in the world. But just as Trump does not represent most people in America and Brexit doesn’t define everyone in Britain, Poland’s right wing government does not exemplify the majority of Polish people. Like all world citizens, our generation and younger are good-minded, thoughtful people who do want to bring down barriers and work together. Their vision is one of inclusion and one of a proud future and how we can improve the lives of our children and grandchildren… Not become entangled in embittered roots of the past. It’s evident in Poland’s thriving creative cultures from the provocative art of Katarzyna Kozyra to the literature and poetry and films of Wojciech Kuczok. It’s evident in the stark optimist architecture of Daniel Libeskind. It’s evident in Krakow’s thriving club scene and the country’s bubbling pools of electronic music talent. It’s everything Catz N Dogz do: their attitude, their music, their labels, their WOODED festival and, perhaps most importantly, their friends. Not just there to carry you home; friends carry you everywhere. And right here on ‘Friends Of Pets’ Catz N Dogz are carrying their companions’ creativity with the same esteem and pride they host their Polish festival. A cultural statement and powerful showcase of their country’s great thinkers, creators, collaborators and disrupters in electronic music, across 16 tracks – almost all of which is homegrown – we’re treated to the full spectrum. Ranging from blissful smoky beat soul to mischievous relentless rolling techno and all shades of house in between, it’s one of Pets’ most heartfelt homage to realness, togetherness and strength against adversity. Exist to resist but persist to rewind; these are the real Polish headlines and here are the amazing stories of the beautiful, kind and creative people behind them…
Jacek Sienkiewicz: The Godfather! Jacek was the first ever Polish techno producer to sign to a big label and is regarded as one of the most inspiring homegrown talents for all DJs and producers. His early Cocoon releases are regarded as gamechangers and he remains true to his timeless craft. ‘Case Filter’ is a fine example; previously released on WMF in 2002, it still sounds resonant and relevant 15 years later. A personal favourite at the Pets HQ. Universo: Also known as Kixnare who’s renowned for hip-hop breaks and a series of killer beat albums on U Know Me Records. Now exploring the technoid unknown with deeply layered 4/4 dancefloor soul as Universo, it’s a whole new chapter that resonates deeply with Pets’ core. SELTRON 400: AKA Eltron John and SLG’s latest project. Eltron is an incredibly eclectic DJ who’s renowned throughout Krakow’s best clubs while SLG is a dear friend of the label and kindred spirit with Catz N Dogz, breaking through around the same time in the early 2000s. Together their SELTRON 400 project shatters the walls between all shades of rave, galvanising them for the future with timeless analog machine weight. SLG also appears on the collection under his real name Lukasz Seliga with a remix of Swedish soulmate Kornél Kovács.
Dig deep and share the knowledge: Each of these friends has their own story to tell and their own sound to share. This is the real Poland. This is the real Pets. This is real electronic music. We can only be stronger by working together, globally, nationally, friendly…
a1. Universo - Ubisi
a2. SLG - Varsovia Marimba (Kornel Kovacs Remix)
b1. Catz 'n Dogz - Szczecin
b2. Jacek Sienkiewicz - Case Filter (WMF Records 2002 Berlin)