Solomon & Socalled / Hiphopkhasene
Album: Hiphopkhasene   Collection:World
Artist:Solomon & Socalled   Added:Jul 2003
Label:Piranha Musik  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2003-08-25 Pull Date: 2003-10-27 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Oct 26 Oct 19 Oct 12 Oct 5 Sep 28 Sep 21 Sep 14 Sep 7
Airplays: 2 1 1 3 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 27, 2009: that's not bluegrass
Alt. Shul Kale Bazetsn
4. Oct 20, 2003: Fly By Night
2. Dec 09, 2003: At the Cafe Bohemian
Freylekhs Far De Kale
5. Oct 14, 2003: the jewish alternative
3. Oct 21, 2003: the jewish alternative
Electro Taxim
6. Oct 07, 2003: the jewish alternative
Dobriden "Yardstyle for Mekh

Album Review
Reviewed 2003-08-18
A Jewish hip-hop wedding music piece conceived and performed by klezmorim and klezmerettes, by DJs and MCs, by “young klezmer violinist, ragga jungle DJ and composer”s, and guaranteed to send your head spinning in its multi-culti chaotic beauty. I suppose it helps to know the various parts of a(n old-world) Jewish wedding ceremony and accompanying rituals but one can appreciate these pieces in their isolation as well. The creation myth in the liner notes is amusing.

1. Slow beat and a rap sort of introducing the whole thing … in Yiddish
2. Bittersweet violins and tsimbl (cymbalom/dulcimer)
3. A short incantation
4. An oddly scratchy little dance tune with drop-in samples of Yiddish exhortations; David Krakauer’s “laughing” clarinet is brilliantly good fun
5. Wedding jesters in Yiddish and English chant/rhyme over a slow, “alt shul” beat
6. Slow, tense swirl of violins and clarinet
7. Hebrew blessings over a badass beat
8. Funky beats with cutesy samples of “pelt me with rice” and a nice horn section at the end
9. Old/new-fangled ska, complete with toasting, horns, organ; catchy as hell
10. Keening song with a slow break
11. An accordion and violin heartbreaker
12. Yiddish hip-hop polka that’s considerably better than the Weird Al Yankovic implications of that phrase may be
13. “Yardstyle” in the title is an allusion to reggae (“Yardie” is a derogatory term for Jamaicans in England); this is a mellow reggae tune augmented by a description of some of the rituals of the wedding
14. A touch of the glitch-break in the rhythms of this extended kitchen sink mix; the rap is maybe a bit too “straight” but the overall effect is pretty exotic
15. Bouncy beats with sort of 1940s era vocals, “beh-ay-beee”

Track Listing
1. Introduction   8. Freylekhs Fun Der Khupe
2. Dobriden   9. Hassidish
3. Badd-Khones   10. Gasn Nign
4. Freylekhs Far De Kale   11. Zay Gezunt
5. Alt. Shul Kale Bazetsn   12. Hiphopkele
6. Electro Taxim   13. Dobriden "Yardstyle for Mekh
7. 7 Blessings   14. The First Time
  15. Headphones