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POLARITY/1 - SpeechlessPOLARITY/1 - Prettier Than You
POLARITY/1 - Music From The Other SidePOLARITY/1 - Yankin' The Food Chain
AUDIOPLASM - Heavy MeadowKOKO DOZO - Illegal Space Alliens
POLARITY/1 - Electronica, Alternative, Electro-Folk & Acid Jazz from New York City
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, pagoda, etc.) and West African groove science. Polarity also describes the dual streams of Polarity/1's musical output: songs and instrumentals.

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 of 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'. John Hollander has choreographed four Polarity/1 compositions for New York's Battery Dance Company's fall season opening in November 2006 and has been touring extensively with the piece. In 2008, he scored "The Other Side" for the Quorum Ballet from Lisbon Portugal. P/1's new collaboration, Koko Dozo, released their first album Illegal Space Aliens in February 2008.

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"It may not be easy to categorize, but with its inventive rhythms and wide-ranging choices of instrumentation, Speechless is thoroughly entertaining." - iTunes Staff Review

"Polar succeeds in his mission of forcing you to pay attention and not lull into the sounds you 'expect' to hear." - StarPolish.com

"Polarity/1 is a musical force unleashing some of the hippest beats and timely lyric on the scene." - MediaChannel.org

"This is from the old FCC Commissioner, Nicholas Johnson, who just listened to your News Goo... and wants to thank you for that. News Goo is really terrific! I'd like to share some of it with some of my colleagues here at the law school... However that may be, thank you for all you are doing. Regards, Nicholas Johnson"

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February 25, 2009

NACOTHEQUE: NYC Holiday Fiesta With Koko Dozo

New York's Post-Pop duo Koko Dozo will be bringing their unique version of 'Global Funktronica' to 'Nacotheque: NYC Holiday Fiesta,' being held at Fontana's on Saturday, February 28th. Nominated by PAPER magazine "Best New Party of 2007" and dubbed as "NYC's hottest indie rock party en español" by URB magazine, Nacotheque has become one of the most unique events in New York City's underground scene.

NACOTHEQUE: NYC Holiday Fiesta
Live performance by KOKO DOZO
Saturday February 28, 11:00 PM
Fontana's
105 Eldridge Street, New York
(212) 334-6740
http://www.fontanasnyc.com

"Holy poop, B-52's reincarnated. Nevermind that they're still around. This thing I'm used to hear in early 90's to some intro to some crazy tv-show. How do you start making this kind of music? Seriously! Funk, boogie, soul, electro, space-thingy." Danger! Danger!

"New Yorkers looking for music that embraces their city's cultural diversity ought to check them out. The best way to survive in a melting pot is to get close." Gasper Oliviera, GBH.tv

Koko Dozo is a duo of legally alienated New Yorkers -- Polarity/1 and Amy Douglas -- who create a sound they call Global Funktronica: a unique blend of electronica, funk, club grooves, jazz and roots grooves from Brazil, Latin America and Africa. Their lyrics are hilarious, provocative, and powerful, sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese, supported by music that is truly otherworldly, rich, textural and extremely funky.
http://www.kokodozo.com
http://www.myspace.com/kokodozo

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January 16, 2009

Post-Pop Duo Koko Dozo Bring Global Funktronica To NYC

New York's Post-Pop duo Koko Dozo will be bring their unique version of 'Global Funktronica' to NYC's Tubway @ Mister Black and R Bar this January. Tubway: Black To The Future, held at NoHo club/den mr. Black, has become one of the most important cultural nights in Sub-New York.

Tubway: Black To The Future
Saturday, January 24th, 10 PM
mr.Black
251 W.30th St. NYC

Tuesday January 27th, 10 PM
REBEL REBEL at R-BAR
218 Bowery, NYC
http://www.rbarnyc.com
http://www.last.fm/event/879911

Nacotheque: NYC Holiday Fiesta
Saturday, February 28th, 10 PM
FONTANA'S (in the basement)
105 Eldridge St. btwn Broome & Grand St., NYC

Saturday, March 28th, 11:45 PM
The Imperial
17 West 19th St., NYC

"This should also be an example of how to make dance music that is intelligent and cool, not dumbed down to the level of morons in too-tight $90 designer jeans." Mark Kirby, MusicDish

Koko Dozo is a duo of legally alienated New Yorkers - Polarity/1 and Amy Douglas - who create a sound they call Global Funktronica: a unique blend of electronica, funk, club grooves, jazz and roots grooves from Brazil, Latin America and Africa. Their lyrics are hilarious, provocative, and powerful, sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese, supported by music that is truly otherworldly, rich, textural and extremely funky.

http://www.kokodozo.com
http://www.myspace.com/kokodozo

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December 28, 2008

Polarity/1 Raps Homelessness in "Winter In America" (MP3)

Taking a turn to rap, Polarity/1's "Winter In America (Chills To The Bone)" deals with the issue of homelessness, describing the brutally cold weather that they must endure. Proving the seriousness of the situation, Polarity/1 introduces the problem of drug addiction facing poor young people, suggesting that the country is to blame, and not parents: "You tried to raise 'em right, but before you know, they'll be suckin' on a crack pipe."


Download Polarity/1's "Winter In America (Chills To The Bone)" free MP3

The music of New York City-based 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, pagoda, etc.) and West African groove science. Polarity also describes the dual streams of Polarity/1's musical output: songs and instrumentals.

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December 28, 2008

New music from Polarity/1 - 'Home Sweet Home' MP3


"Home Sweet Home" is Polarity/1's take on the classic Sir Henry Bishop and Howard Payne composition. Heavy on percussion and featuring powerful vocals, this rendition still manages to remain chill at its core. This is probably Polarity/1's most sentimental song to date.

Download Polarity/1's "Home Sweet Home" mp3
http://www.musicdish.net/mp3/Polarity1-HomeSweetHome.mp3

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"Home Sweet Home" Lyrics

Some live by religion; some of us common sense
Some love their neighbors; some want to build a fence
Half of life is spirit; the rest is skin and bone
They all come together in the place that we call home

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Home Home sweet, sweet Home
There's no place like Home
There's no place like Home

I work hard to make a living; it’s hard from nine to five
But it’s home that does the giving; it’s where I am alive
The world is very hungry; sometimes it eats its own
I’m going where I’m someone; I’m on my way home

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My house ain’t no cash cow; ain’t no golden goose
It don’t flip like a gymnast; ain’t liquid like juice
I watch my kids sleeping. They’re real, not Kodachrome
Not living on some property; they’re growing in our home

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The music of New York City-based 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, pagoda, etc.) and West African groove science. Polarity also describes the dual streams of Polarity/1's musical output: songs and instrumentals.
http://www.reverbnation.com/polarity1
http://www.polarity1.com
 

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November 20, 2008

The Myth Of America Becomes America

POP CULTURE IS US: It Makes Us As Smart As It Makes Us Stupid And It Gave Us Election 2008. (At Least) Three Thoughts About The Election Of Barack Obama.

November 5, 2008
by Polar Levine for Yankin' The Food Chain, Polarity1.com

I feel pretty. I feel so cute. Cuddly-wuddly. Pristine. A baby's butt. I feel patriotic and it feels good to feel patriotic. Not a flag in the house and I don't care if we're USA-Number-One or USA-Number-Ten-With-a-Bullet. I'm just proud to be an American and that's realer than stuff.

What's more solidly amazing than the fact that Americans voted in record numbers to elect an African-American president is that, in the end, it made no difference what his ethnic or racial background was. It was almost a mundaneity. The man was perceived as the best for the job and so he was given the job. Common sense. What's all the fuss about?

A few years ago on a trip to São Paulo I spoke to a group of people, employing my very sloppy Portuguese, about 9/11 and how I co-founded a kids samba school in the neighborhood where the towers fell. During that trip I felt very self-conscious about being an American, realizing how rightly offensive this country had become to the rest of the world. I felt compelled to open my remarks with the disclaimer, "Não gosto de Bush" ("I don't like Bush.") and felt relieved by the ovation that followed. It's odd now to feel clean because I'm an American.

The entire human race appeared to be counting on us to elect Barack Obama. The enormity of that global hunger for a singular event made the idea of a McCain victory seem like a cosmic offense against the gravitational force of human history, the result of which might plunge humanity into a psychic black hole. They wanted an Obama victory in Europe, in the Muslim world, in Africa, Latin America, Indonesia and Japan. The reign of George W. Bush created a toxic human ecology so ubiquitous, palpable and identifiable that the antidote an Obama presidency could generate was irresistible.

I don't believe in magic but I believe the election of Barack Obama has created a rare historical moment for people to imagine the world moving toward the light and the USA will be able to lead the way. Symbolism aside (but not underestimated), more than any other American president Obama has the character, the intelligence and the bio to earn the respect and good will of the international community; an American president who has lived his life among "others" and has much of the world's blood flowing in his own veins. That makes him far more likely to instinctively understand the needs and the cultural dynamics that give a nation its form; and that understanding will allow us to interact without the arrogance and willful ignorance that has driven our foreign policy for so long. But our renewed international power will derive from a force more powerful than the abilities of Obama, the man. America, for the first time, will lead because of the undeniable and irresistible fact that the USA is a united collective of people representing every ethnicity and nationality on earth; we live together peacefully and we are exactly what we say we are. Have a look at our brochure. Looks pretty good? And you know it's the truth.

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