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Jindřich Parma originally created this record as a studio project on his own 'Parma Productions' label in '91. The release was the debut of the musician Karya, and although the singer has become fairly prolific, 'Muž Ze Skla' (The Man Of Glass) remains an anomalous release in her catalogue.
In fact, the song never actually featured the singer we know as 'Karya' today, and was solely the experiment of Jindřich and Company. With a Balearic house sound that never really had a parallel in the country, this remains a truly unique Czechoslovakian record. Absolutely dripping in choice period features, the cut chugs right onto the Shoom dance floor, fusing the Harry Thumann bassline with a classic Balearic beat while the proggy panpipes, Fairlight choirs and spoken vocals sound cooler than the ice in your cocktail. Flip it for the arrangement adjustment of the remix, which stretches the track out for a tantric build up to the inevitable drop. 

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Patrick says: Rare Czech Balearic here from Smiling C, who introduce us to Karya and the mighty "Muz Ze Skla". Coming correct with a '91 breakbeat, snaking bassline and the exquisite New Age combo of Fairlight vocals and synth pan pipes, this is arguably the most Balearic record I've heard all year. Sure, you might have loads of things that sound like this, but you don't have this - and you do need it!

Somewhere between electro soul and melodramatic pop, this is music focused towards the youth and set in some strange dream.  
Aset was a collective founded by a group of individuals deeply involved in community improvement initiatives and the struggle for justice and equality. A project that would link motivated adults with talented young people in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
The compilation takes songs from three released projects of Aset, and one semi-unreleased single. Latonya, a spunky 11 year old kid singing about divorce, love, and dancing. The poster child of Aset. Treo, a trio of high school gals in harmony singing about love and relationships. Whax, the high school boys who were a bit stranger; the silly side of Aset. All backed by The Aset Players. Release comes housed in a newly designed jacket with inner sleeve containing info on the label/artists and an interview with the label director, Mba Mbulu.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Last time out Smiling C were introducing us to the Arabic rap of Shams Dinn, and the imprint continue to expand our musical horizons on their second release, a retrospective of D.C. community initiative Aset. Youthful electro, jazz-funk and street soul with a hint of freestyle thrown in for good measure. It's a killer curio that'll make you move.


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