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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 doesnt define everyone in Britain, Polands 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.

Its evident in Polands thriving creative cultures from the provocative art of Katarzyna Kozyra to the literature and poetry and films of Wojciech Kuczok. Its evident in the stark optimist architecture of Daniel Libeskind. Its evident in Krakows thriving club scene and the countrys bubbling pools of electronic music talent. Its 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 countrys great thinkers, creators, collaborators and disrupters in electronic music, across 16 tracks almost all of which is homegrown were treated to the full spectrum. Ranging from blissful smoky beat soul to mischievous relentless rolling techno and all shades of house in between, its 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

An On Bast: So dedicated to her sound and her craft, An On Bast takes an entire modular system to clubs and festivals. Her enthusiasm, knowledge and passion was best experienced at the Wooded Festivals where she held workshops with kids and produced music with them, showing parents how creative and accessible an artform it truly is.

Universo: Also known as Kixnare whos 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, its a whole new chapter that resonates deeply with Pets core.

Das Komplex: Hailing from the north of Poland, hes delivered two majestic creations on the album: the hazy dubby delight of Shadows and a juicy-funk, disco-tinged twist of Till Von Sein & Aera. Some of his records sell out in a matter of days and its not hard to hear why His sound is so special that you know its his record just within a few bars.

Michal Zietara: Polish born, Berlin-based Michal is a key part of the Pets family as he runs the labels monthly PETCAST parties in Berlin. Also resident DJ in Salon Zur Wilden Renate club in Berlin and responsible for some really exciting productions in the future, hes one of the happiest and creative people the label is proud to work with.

SELTRON 400: AKA Eltron John and SLGs latest project. Eltron is an incredibly eclectic DJ whos renowned throughout Krakows 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


Friends Of PETS Part. 2

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