“The Czech Republic has lacked a representative music prize, which would reflect and reward important creations in Czech music, for a long time”, state the organizers of the newly established music award with the rather peculiar name ‘Vinyla’.
Eschewing the local “music business”, Vinyla aims to praise the few local quality independent creators who inject some originality and ideas into their music. Nevertheless, another similar prize – Apollo – was awarded in January, which might signify an increasing effort to highlight and nurture musicians who are not affiliated with major labels here. Among the nominees for the first Vinyla Awards are alt rapper Bonus, ironic/iconic duo Cokovoko, Floex, newcomers Fiordmoss as well as events like Creepy Teepee.
The winners of each category – Record of the Year, Discovery of the Year, Event of the Year – will be announced this Saturday, 10 March at the Fléda club in Brno with a live show by WWW, Gurun Gurun or Kittchen.
WWW is one of those few acts that champion the darker corners of hip hop both sonically and textually. The roots of the project date back to the early nineties and its name is not a nod to the fledgling internet revolution at the time but an acronym of the mysterious catchphrase “We Want Word”.
WWW was one of the first rap projects in the country and was also active in the other domains of hip hop culture; breakdance and graffiti. It was only after the dawn of the new millennium that the band truly broke through with their 2006 album Neurobeat. This record created a storm on the local scene with its ominous electronic tunes by the project’s mastermind Ond?ej Andera and whimsical lyrics courtesy of the poet Lubomir Typlt.
Their latest release is a live album with a characteristically playful title Live!. The double CD is a recording of their sold out gig that took place in April this year and offers a comprehensive overview of the groups oeuvre and also contains 6 brand new tracks. The album is out in a limited edition of 631 copies which is the same as the number of people present at the concert.