Yankin' the Food Chain
YANKIN' THE FOOD CHAIN is a genre-bending organism with a head full of singer/songwriter and a butt full of groove science from funk/hip hop to pan African World Beat. One song -- News Goo (The More You Watch, The less You Know) has found it's way on the soundtracks of two films about media. It's been played regularly for the past seven years by Amy Goodman on her Democracy Now syndicated broadcasts and has been downloaded by numerous college professors as a teaching aid for their classes on journalism and media. Composed, performed and produced by Polar with guest appearances by The Greatest Guitar Player In the World Pete McCann, ex-Prince bass player Scott Parker Allen, percussionist Joe Cardello and Brazilian Girls vocalist Sabina Sciubba. ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ Review of CD Yankin' The Food Chain: 'He's an artist with attitude, a musician with mishigas, and a creator with a consciousness. Polarity/1 (Polar Levine) is a musical force unleashing some of the hippest beats and timely lyric on the scene. Never heard of him? No surprise. Some of our best musicians have to struggle to be heard especially when the ideas they are struggling with matter. Who else takes on the testy relationship between blacks and jews with such honesty, affirming the common bonds that are often frayed in a song called 'HOWL.' In 'News Goo' Polarity/1 fires off a hip hop attack on media mergers and censorship of what matters. Sample line: 'So where's the news of a people left out?/ Put a camera in my face to hear me shout/But they don't want to hear what I shout about.'(You can hear this one on media channel.org, the global eye on media site--in the media reader representing 480 affiliates). But Polarity/1 doesn't stop with safe subjects....His 'Di Hard' looks at the Death of our late lamented Princess skewering both her media whore obsession and the disgusting attention paid to her by the paparazzi (and the men who hire them) ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~ 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, pagode, etc.) and West African groove science. 'Polar succeeds in his mission of forcing you to pay attention and not lull into the sounds you 'expect' to hear,' noted StarPolish.com 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 for 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'. Polarity/1's CD, 'Speechless', which was nominated Best Electronica Album by Just Plain Folks, included four instrumentals choreographed by New York's Battery Dance Company in November 2006. He's scored four feature-length documentaries directed by Danny Schechter, including composing and performing the theme songs. Currently, Polarity/1 is best known for political songs which are a regular feature of Amy Goodman's globally syndicated Democracy Now, NPR and many other politics-oriented broadcasts.