PRETTIER THAN YOU is a new collection of new avant/derriere songs. P1's further commitment to the idea of orchestrating with genre as well as instruments and sonics. Delirium, stories and op-ed are sung and rapped over funky electronica and surprising genre-blending recipes: a woozy blues/cha cha-from-hell paeon to a 1950's aging Jewish hitman, a blues rock/Afrobeat/samba about living in the blue light of tv addiction. A dirty folky country children's song is propelled by a groove from northern Brazil. There's a roots blues song about greasy love and infotainment that's full of jazz reggae; a cover of a Brazilian classic that Polar sings in Portugeuse in a traditional samba canção format with a smatter of electronic noise, metal guitar and electronically mutated metal wastebasket. Sweaty on the bottom and literate on top.
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.