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Pop / Rock 08/07/2008

Multi-Talented, Political-Themed Artist Re-Releases 'Yankin' The Food Chain'

LOS ANGELES (Top40 Charts/ MusicDish Network) - Polarity/1, the multi-genre artist best known for bold, honest, hard-hitting songs, is re-releasing his hit album, Yankin' the Food Chain, now with re-mastered tracks. Polarity/1's music has been incorporated by dance theaters and documentarists, including Danny Schechter's feature-length film documentary 'In Debt We Trust' and Battery Dance Company's 26th Annual Downtown Dance Festival last year.

Yankin' the Food Chain fuses electronica, acid jazz, alternative and electro-folk to create a set of funky-fresh beats infused with crucial political messages to future generations. The serious issues covered on Yankin' force listeners to reanalyze their own ethics, especially when cornered with their own self-images in "Look at Your Shoeshine": "Can you see yourself in your shoeshine?/ Step back!"

From the excitingly chilly vocals of "Salesman," to the persuasive political raps found in "News Goo," to the astoundingly real lyrics of "Di Hard" ("The good die young/ and the bad get paid"), Yankin' has something to offer every music-lover. Perhaps most notable, though, are the album's funky, upbeat tracks, such as "Boomers Blues," "Jam Inya Jimmies" and "Cincinnati Pink." With lyrics like "She's catchin' the groove and won't let go," it's obvious that once you put on this Polarity/1 record, you won't be letting go of the groove either.

But don't take our word for it; here's what others have to say:

"Polarity/1 is a musical force unleashing some of the hippest beats and timely lyric[s] on the scene" (

"'Di Hard' is a medium tempo groove with rapped and sung vocals, everything done by Polar except for exquisite backing vocals by Scott Parker Allen and Sabina Sciubba. The song is a comment on Princess Di's demise, the role of the media, and the times we live in, serious without becoming sentimentalized or preachy. An interesting exercise in a style that's very hard to pull off" (Recording Magazine).

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

The music of Polarity/1 is exactly what the name suggests?"conjoined opposites," including the new (cutting-edge electronica, hip-hop and nu-jazz) and the old (roots music of America, including blues, funk, country and early jazz, Brazil (samba, pagode, etc.) and West African groove science).

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.

And you can check out Polarity/1 for yourself and learn how to purchase Yankin' the Food Chain by heading to or

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