Jemek Jemowit Is Doktor Dres

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Jemek Jemowit has never been easy to read -- is he serious or is it all a joke? With Jemek Jemowit Is Doktor Dres, the one-man band, DJ, and conceptual artist that is Jemek Jemowit moves between old-school rap, Southern trap, and EBM, skillfully mixed by hardcore techno legend Marc Acardipane. With anarchistic-Dadaistic and often quite explicit, the self-described "post-patriotic" artist sings in Polish, the language of his parents, and in German, the language of the country in which he grew up and studied and where he lives at the time of this release. On his "hyper-patriotic" (Jemek Jemowit's words again) EP Tekkno Polo, released on the Polish Oficyna Biedota label in 2012, Jemek Jemowit focused on Polish culture in Poland. The spectacle of a Pole with a German passport presenting music recorded in Italy and inspired by Polish sub-genre "disco Polo" was exotic, and Jemek Jemowit touched on subjects including national dishes like bigos and bizarre figures of Polish pop culture. Was he serious or was it all a joke? On Jemek Jemowit Is Doktor Dres, released on the Berlin-based label Martin Hossbach, Jemek Jemowitz embraces the role of the Pole in Berlin. In Polish peppered with neologisms and grammatical mistakes, he states that his alter ego, Doktor Dres (which translates roughly to "Doctor Tracksuit") leads a better live in Berlin than he did in Poland. He often switches into the German language, too. In an interview with Martin Hossbach label founder Martin Hossbach, Jemek Jemowit explains, "I'm the perfect Pole in Germany who goes shopping at the most expensive warehouse in West-Berlin, the KaDeWe, without reproach and my German is pretty good, too!" He has now become the person that Tekkno Polo reacted against with its "hyper-patriotic" approach. Germany is now the sacred land, and on track "Oryginalne Adidasy," he invites his fellow Poles to come and visit him -- he who "grew up between The Wall and Moschino" -- in Berlin and have pierogi made by Gucci at the KaDeWe. "Endlessly bragging / Style without class / Deutsche Mark / Oryginalne Adidasy" -- this is Doktor Dres's slogan.