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In 2001 SKALPEL (duo, established by composers and producers from Wrocław, Poland) submitted their sensational Polish Jazz demo to the famous British record label Ninja Tune. They got signed and released with Ninja worldwide two acclaimed albums Skalpel and Konfusion.
SKALPEL’S trademark is sampling Polish jazz of the 1960s and the 1970s, constructing their own original vision of contemporary sound, combining what is best in jazz, hip hop and club music but this is pretty much just a very short description of what SKALPEL’s eclectic approach to music evolved into over the years. Their albums still hold a high place in the rankings of the best Polish albums of the previous decade.
The prelude of their talent was presented on the Sculpture EP from 2003. One of the biggest Polish dailies classified them among the top five most important records with new Polish jazz. One year later, the duo released their debut album Skalpel. Sculpture and Skalpel were extremely well received by fans and critics all over the world. The reviewers were in agreement: The Poles contributed a breath of fresh air into the somewhat dull language of contemporary electronic music – apart from jazz inspirations, their sound reveals knowledge of the hip hop as well as the achievements of new electronic music. Skalpel album charted among Albums of the Year according to DJ Magazine. The album was also nominated for the BBC Gilles Peterson Worldwide Music Awards 2004. In BBC’s opinion, the band is musically near The Cinematic Orchestra, however with a more minimalistic, Eastern European twist. SKALPEL’s second album, Konfusion, also turned out to be an artistic success, leading the duo to win the prestigious Polityka’s Passports Award.
After taking a few years off to work on their solo projects Igor and Marcin came back in 2012 initially for a one off show - Polish Icons at Sacrum Profanum Festival in Kraków where they presented a very daring, yet still stylistically truly their own take on four of the best known Polish contemporary music composers (Penderecki, Kilar, Lutosławski, Gorecki). The reviews were so positive that SKALPEL decided to come back for more live shows in 2013 as they continued to work on their new album. They have also released their first new track since 2005 „If Music Was That Easy“, featured on „IF“ compilation released by Ninja and IF Music.
Currently Skalpel is about to release their first EP after the break. How will Skalpel 2014 sound like? Stay tuned.