Rare 80s electronic music brought back to life to ‘shine light on Polish artists’ and ‘promote Polish musical heritage’
A compilation of rare 80s Polish electronic music uncovered by two respected European DJs and released by their independent record label is aiming to revive a forgotten genre and bring it onto Europe’s DJ sets.
Entitled Echa Wielkiej Płyty (The Echoes of the Plattenbau), the tracks are a collection of synth-infused sounds typical of the Polish electronic music scene of the late Soviet era.
Dating from between 1982-1987, the tracks were uncovered by DJs Maciej Zambon and Norbert Borzym after searching through the archives of Radio Poland as well as private sources such as cassette tape collections.
With the majority of tracks on the compilation never released before, it took Zambon and Borzym over a year to get the rights and licensing for production by Zambon’s independent record label The Very Polish Cut Outs.
Both believe that the tracks they found have the right quality to make an impact within contemporary DJ sets being played today.
One of the tracks, ‘Sałatka Bananów’ (Banana Salad) by Wojciech Jagielski was discovered on an exercise cassette released by Polish Radio and Television and is described as an example of the ‘refined character of Polish synthesizer pop music, also drawing from jazz’, whilst the works of Andrzej Mikołajczak and Stefan Sendecki as a ‘blend of jazz and rock’.
Maciej Zambon, DJ, initiator of Echoes of the Plattenbau and founder of The Very Polish Cut-Outs, told TFN: “Our aim when we were looking for interesting stuff in archive and other places was that we wanted to create a compilation of stuff that could still be used today and would still be fresh. We are both DJs, so we definitely looked at it from that perspective.
“We also wanted to shine a light on Polish artists of the 1980s as one of our aims is to promote Polish musical heritage, but the text inside the record is in both Polish and English and we didn’t just have Polish audiences in mind but also foreign ones.”
Since its release on the 24th of May, ‘Echoes of the Plattenbau’, has already sold out in its first pressing and is awaiting its second. It has also received considerable media coverage on national television and print media and has also been released abroad, for example in Japan. All songs are also available on the label’s Spotify channel.