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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

SLG also appears on the collection under his real name Lukasz Seliga with a remix of Swedish soulmate Kornél Kovács.

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 (WMF Records 2002) 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.

Newborn Jr: A man of many faces. Attracting Pets attention through his work on Polish label Technosoul (as Private Press) he also operates under the names Newborn Jnr and Matat Professionals. Trust us, Adam is on the very cutting edge of house and techno Were guaranteed to hear more of him in the future.

Karol Aleksander: Since winning a contest to play at Wooded 2015, Karols carved an incredible path as an affiliate at The Very Polish Cut Outs label and Whiskey Disco. With a cool, hazy funk and sunset soul sound, Karols the perfect player to bring the collection to a slow and sexy close.

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
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