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Girl Rock is alive and kicking now that the new trio Lady D has released its debut, self-titled album onto the local scene.
Formed in 2003, the ladies -Yael Cohen, Liad Sher and Shir Konky - offer up 11 melodious tracks on their CD. Cohen, former drummer of The Witches, made history with her former band and is now back to create a new hysteria. Joining her are Sher, a recent graduate of the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and Konky, who studied drums with Cohen many years ago and who played in an Australian band for a number of years. Cohen (drums, vocals), Sher (vocals, guitar) and Konky (bass, vocals) split writing and composing duties. Their tunes are catchy and boast good quality compositions based on the bass-drum-guitar line. Text-wise, these three are singing about women to women. In "Klala" (Curse) they sing about the curse of love, their hit "Paulina" is about losing control and "Kotzim Haludim" (Rusty Thorns) is about depression. Some lyrics and melodies are stronger than others, yet overall Lady D's debut is solid and proves that real rock'n'roll still lives here in Israel.
The Jerusalem rapper Vulkan has released a seven track EP that is difficult to ignore. First of all, there's his magnetic, deep, growling voice. Then of course, there's the content of his songs: a hard-hitting critique of society and all its wrongs. His opening song, "Nimas" (Sick Of), pulls the listener in. Vulkan offers a snippet of his life as an immigrant and raps about the prejudice he has encountered in Israel. His song also boasts a super catchy beat. On the rest of the tracks Vulkan tackles issues of racism, drunkenness, and corruption. A former member of the Bangladeath group, Vulkan shows off personal strength in his "reality" rapping.
The album is mostly in Hebrew with a handful of lines in Russian. Vulkan says in his press material that he is the first Russian immigrant to release a Hebrew hip hop album. Musically, whereas other hip hop albums of late fuse with pop or Mizrahi music, Vulkan offers up raw rap and hip hop rhythms. He says he hopes to release a full length album later this year. With the good quality of his EP, the full album is one to look out for.
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