The question of the day is: What do you do if you hear a song on the radio that blows you away and seems to change the harmonious flow of your life? Usually, there's a DJ who tells you the name of the group and the title of the song. Your dilemma is resolved in a matter of seconds. But what do you do if a human being has been replaced by a computer with the sole task of transmitting a non-stop music loop which means no group nor song title info. Yes, you could use an application like Shazam or Soundhound but if you happen not to have a swanky iPhone? This was the scenario of my mid-life crisis when I heard the group DID for the first time on Radio Sherwood. I was driving my car enjoying the tunes when I heard a song that completely captured me with its beat and sublime energy. I had to actually pull over to the side of the road to bask in the sound. It is difficult to describe. It was like I was literally and physically cast under a spell. As the song had magically appeared on my car radio it magically disappeared with a gradual fade out. I called Sherwood hoping they would know the name of the song that had been played precisely at 17.52. A gruff voice, totally indifferent to my apparent desperation, said: "No, it's a music loop. You'll hear the song again, eventually". I hate the word eventually. It indicates uncertainty. Mine was now called a quest. However, I was indeed fortunate and I heard "the song" again over a series of MONTHS but never from beginning to end. I chalked it up to negative Karma and considered giving up my search when it came on the radio. I pulled to the side of the road, pulled out pen and paper, pumped up the volume, rested my head on the steering wheel, closed my eyes and through the thumping base I heard these three unforgettable words: "sheeeee", "another" and "pusher". In three seconds of being home, Google led me to my prized song “Another Pusher Blues”. My search was over but my love affair with Kumar Solarium had just begun.
Kumar Solarium is DID's first full-length CD (11 tracks). I would have liked to discover it immediately when it came out in April 2009 but that happened almost one year after its release. Kumar should be played as loud as possible and in the proximity of any kind of dance floor. Have your dancing shoes in one hand and a cocktail in the other. It will have you on your toes in no time. It has the ultimate party sound and boy, what a sound it is. There is a good dose electronic vibes mixed and matched with traces of techno pop, funk tribal beat. Words to describe the overall listening sensation are hard to find. There is so much going on at one time. “Another Pusher Blues” has a frenetic stop-and-start beat while the vocals rage away in your ear. “Hello Hello” literally smacks you around with its brutal vitality. “Ask U2” really spotlights lead singer Guido Savani's voice. Not only is his English diction superb, so is the entire pop harmony of the song.
DID has everything going for them. I would never have thought they could have been from Italy's motor city, Turin, that first time I heard them when I was driving in my car. But it shouldn't have surprised me. Turin has produced some top-notch groups in the last 10 years. DID's sound is powerful and larger than life and. I look forward to seeing where their international sound will take them.
Listen to believe.
Karin Andrea Halliwell
Artists permanently (and randomly) "on air" at present date: DID(Italy), Massimo Volume(Italy), Senpai(Italy), Dude Plays Saxophone(USA), Toundra(Spain), Maxena Tace(Italy), Sawako (Japan), The Cleopatras (Italy), Hollowblue(Italy), OPA(USA), Nora Keyes (USA), Simona Gretchen(Italy), Facciascura (Italy), hiiragi fukuda (Japan), Stardog(Italy), I Got A Violet(Italy), The Agrarians (USA); Feldmaus (Russia); Red Velvet (Italy - France); Eigenheimer (Holland); Drugs Made Me Smarter (Mexico); Kelvin & Speedy Peones (Italy); Tidy Kid (USA); NIMM (Italy); MorningPaper (Italy), Edgar Graves (Czech Republic), Marshmallow (Croatia), David Morley (England/Belgium); Bancale (Italy); Antony Raijekov (Bulgary); Amélie (Italy); Celestial Aeon Project (Finland); Channel in Channel out (USA); Madrigali Magri (Italy), Gimme 'hat Moonshine (Belgium), Krakenti (Latvia), Wheelchair Discotheque (Latvia), TheOneOnTheIsland (Slovakia), Maok (Slovakia), LaBon (Slovakia), Jordan Jordan (Slovakia), Social Society (Slovakia), Batte (Norway), Orange Crush (Norway), Oriental Music System (Hong Kong), Iamsum (Hong Kong), Rex Cody (Hong Kong), Donkey Valium (Hong Kong), Smiling Buddhas (Hong Kong), O-M (Hong Kong), Hvoya (Ukraine), Automatic Pilot Required (Brazil), Yogi (Brazil), Light Merchants (South Africa), The Slowmovies (Italy); I am this (USA); Kråkvind (Sweden); Planet Brain (Italy); Lebatol (UK); Sarah Schuster (Italy); Krt 963 (Italy-Japan); Flap (Italy); Nicker Hill Orchestra (Italy); Menrovescio (Italy); Annabel (USA); Karmatest (Italy); The Dada Weatherman (France); Diablo Swing Orchestra (Sweden); Japanese gum (Italy); Above the tree (Italy); Volcano Playground (Canada); Linz (Italy); Anomie Belle (USA), Christophe Marc (France), Death Valley Sleepers (Denmark), Jeremy Sparrow (Denmark), Zoon van snooK (England), Systemton (Germany), Matti Bye (Sweden), Manuzik (Japan), Chances (Italy), Hometaping (Great Britain...?), Ping (Norway), Frey (New Zealand), Manhan (Japan), One Chef (Sweden), Mijagi (Poland), Pandacetamol (Scotland), Lu-Sin (Argentina), Thomas Solgaard (Denmark), Wonderboy (France), Los Hermanos Butaca (Argentina), La Biyuya (Argentina), Negro Fluo (Argentina), Sempai (Italy), Riccardo Vianello (Italy), Wolther goes stranger (Italy), Eildentroeilfuorieilbox84 (Italy), Buzz Aldrin (Italy), Stefano Roveda (Italy), Rosso! (Italy); manzOni (Italy).