the green man & kingz - changes

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    The Green Man (TGM) & Kingz – Changes (22 Years of Basswerk)

    The Green Man & Kingz first met and started making and performing music together in 1997 following The Green Man’s „Infinity“ release, which touched Kingz’ musical nerve. In 1998 they were both part of the Basswerk Sessions Vol. 1 compilation and Kingz became Cologne’s most accepted MC with a residency at Basswerk Sessions and touring through Germany, but stopped performing in 2001. It wasn’t until 2016 that they started making music again - having been connected as friends during the years. The widely appreciated “The moment is now“ track (relased 2016/ Basswerk 39) marked their comeback. The focus moved more to production and Kingz really took the place as a vocalist and lyricist. With a Basswerk’s 20 years anniversary release planned which got support by Kulturamt Köln in 2017, they elaborated their intersections in musical taste and histories culmulating in their very own sound.

    The album is also about political and life themes/issues of our time. They discussed and debated lyrical themes, which came to life and on point with the help Kingz’ wife Vera Obeng. One track after another emerged and it became clear that this would be more than a compilation contribution, instead it became a whole new album project. However it wasn’t finished until the very end of 2018 and took them more than 2 ½ years of intense work to realise the visions and bring everything on point.

    Additionally, various musicians did remixes of „The moment is now“ (including Basswerk resident Decon, Basicand Thorsten Quaeschning). They will be released on a separate EP.

    So this album, the Remix-EP and also the above mentioned compilation are now part of a series of „22 Years of Basswerk“ releases in 2019 (supported by Kulturamt Köln). Check out the main other part of the project: „The Green Man (TGM) presents: 22 Years of Basswerk/ The Collab Sessions“ (CD with 16 collab tracks/remixes by The Green Man (TGM) with Digital, Klute, Aqua Sky, Skarra Mucci, David Boomah, Gregor Schwellenbach, Gourski, Seibel, Navigator, Freeze, Chevy, Brian Brainstorm, Thorsten Quaeschning (Tangerine Dream), Triou, FR33M4N & Zera) and various 2019 releases/ EP’s.

    The Green Man & Kingz - Changes

    1 The Paths that We Take
    2 We Keep Destroying the World
    3 Where it Began
    4 Sincere (More Decency, More Grace) (Long Album Version)
    5 Changes
    6 For Those Wavin the Flag
    7 Feels Like Home (with Ultima C)
    8 A Journey
    9 Feeling Fresh
    10 Heroes
    11 The Moment is now

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The Green Man & Kingz first met and started making and performing music together in 1997 following The Green Man’s „Infinity“ release on Basswerk, which touched Kingz’ musical nerve. In 1998 they were both part of the Basswerk Sessions Vol. 1compilation and Kingz became a charismatic resident at Basswerk Sessions @ Gebäude 9 and Cologne’s most accepted MC. They also toured a lot through
Germany back then, but Kingz stopped performing in 2000. It wasn’t until 2016 that they started making music again - having been connected friendly during the years. The widely appreciated “The Moment is Now“ track (relased 2016/ Basswerk 39)
marked their comeback – bot only in the clubs, but also in a lot of radio stations. Their focus changed to production rather than clubbing and Kingz took the place as a vocalist and lyricist while Greenman gained a lot of experience working with vocalists like Skarra Mucci, Peter Bouncer, Demolition Man, Navigator, David Boomah – or also a men’s choir (KMGV Kölner Männer-Gesang-Verein or opera singer Maria Kublashvili).

With a Basswerk’s 20 years anniversary release planned (which got support by Kulturamt Köln in 2017), they elaborated their intersections in musical taste and histories culmulating in their very own sound, which can be positioned somewhere between Wu-Tang Clan, DJ Premier, Calyx and Doc Scott - or between Air, Portishead and Marcus Intalex.

Lyrically, this album is quite far away from certain Rap tracks. Its more about peace, personal reflections and anti-racism or other political and life themes/issues of our time, such as „For Those Wavin A Flag“ or „We Keep Destroying the World“. They discussed and debated lyrical
themes, which came to life and on point with the help Kingz’ wife Vera Obeng. One track after another emerged and it soon became clear that this would be a whole new album project. However it wasn’t finished until the very end of 2018 and took them more than 2 ½ years of intense work to realize the visions and bring everything on point. It contains Drum & Bass, Hip Hop and Instrumental tracks.
Some D&B tracks like „Feels like Home or Feeling Fresh have a more easy vibe, while the opener „The Paths that We Take“ moves between Hip Hop and Soul.
Slower Instrumentals like "Where it began" or „A Journey“ add some cinematic sound adventures and varying intensities and speed to the album – and that title could have been a good name for the whole album as well.

Additionally, various musicians did remixes of „The moment is now“ (including Basswerk resident Decon, Basic, Thorge Meyer and Thorsten Quaeschning (from Tangerine Dream)). They will be released on a separate EP. So this album, the Remix-EP and also the above mentioned compilation are now parts of a series of „22 Years of Basswerk“ releases in 2019 (supported by Kulturamt
Köln) – with the album being part one.

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Track Name: The Paths that We Take
The Paths that We Take

The paths that we take


Scratching my head

Trying to find the solution

To everyday problems leaving me disillusioned

"Less restrictions" are said to be a treat

Just watching the dangers as I leap

It's never easy - lot of pitfalls and huge holes

Feeling wheezy - distracted from achieving my goals

One wrong step could mean trouble

So inept - slip sliding in a double


I need a refill - slowly reaching a standstill

Running on this treadmill - struggling uphill

As I'm weighing up my chances

Not planning sly advances

Different era - new circumstances

The choices we make

Then it suddenly hits me
It's like the “game of kings”

Take charge of your destiny

Don't just see what life brings

Don't wait for an epiphany

“Candidate moves” need to be found

This ain't jeopardy


Step back - check out the options around

Pick out 3 - 4 looking sound

To find the optimal - the choice most valuable
The paths that we take
Yeah - should be personal

The paths that we take
The choices we make
In our lives
Track Name: We Keep Destroying the World
We Keep Destroying the World

We keep destroying the world - As it twirls

For me it's a mystery with all that history

Need to touch ground
Enough is enough of this merry go round

Getting dizzy and bewildered now let’s nail this one down

Over and over falling into same trap

For ever and ever stepping into the same crap



So devastating seeing lands divided

How they can be so misguided?

Divide and conquer to feel empowered 

It's the enemy's hour - they need to devour 


You'd think once bitten twice shy

I guess the effect blurs as time goes by

Committing blunder after blunder

No end to the thunder

For me it's a mystery with all that history

Why we keep on going under

Feeling the union I live in

In this continent I dwell in 

Things weren't decided on emotion

Our destiny deliberately chosen

So excuse my confusion

When I see the lack of fusion 


Feeling the union I live in

Just one world we’re given

Let's focus on unity - at least socially
Steering unanimously 

Enough conflicts division

Let’s make that our decision

Track Name: Sincere
Sincere

They claim they’re being sincere

In all that you hear

“Ain’t committing no crime” they say

Time after time

2019 - Green Man and Kingz spreading the word
From Colonia to the whole wild world
More decency more grace

Take heed of the powers that strike upon you

So-called “news” slapping you left right and centre

Network jungle blurring the issue

Unruly behaviour beyond peradventure


Some like to shock - some need the fright

Backing the left - the right
Regardless of the plight

Can’t they see their duty?

Can't they cease their ruthless rapacity?


Lacking objectivity

Misuse - abuse of the words in the story

Can’t they see their duty?

Can't they cease their ruthless rapacity?


Merely shaking your head to the headlines you read

Protest - Rebel - “speak up” I plead


Merely shaking your head to the headlines u read

Protest - rebel instead - “speak up" is my plea
Make some noise Colonia - make some noise all of ya

Track Name: Changes
Changes

It's been going on for aeons
It will be going on for years to come
In this era especially - exponentially
To and fro
Getting you all to move - let's go
Nature of the current - nature of the flow

Listen - can't stop the motion
Is it worth the commotion?
Resisting the natural ways
Is it really worth the praise?
Embrace the changes
Broaden your ranges
Or hold damn tight to what you know

"Blues" in a drum and bass view
Track Name: For Those Wavin’ the Flag
For Those Wavin’ the Flag


For those wavin’ a flag

Glorifying the rag



Kind o’ weird

Something that always bothered me 

When I looked at it closely

The care people take in their pride

Where they cried their first cry

Of their nationality - being part of a majority

Basking in reflected glory



If problems arise? 

Time to blame the minority

“Don’t you realise?

It's for the sake of the country”



No no no - you're mistaking me

There's nothing wrong with a healthy sense of national identity

It's a delusion of a nationalist

To exclude others in cold blood claiming that life's bliss

So conceited arrogant and egotistical 

They don't care if the changes for others are detrimental 

And them be calling themselves patriotic
They just don't get it!



In defence of the weak 

They're just "tagging along"

Their future’s bleak

So they just want to be among

You're lucky If the cap fits - wear it

It doesn't? Well tough shit - bear it


This desire for othering

Is not an innate quality

On the contrary

Time after time in history

We're justifying war - claiming we’re defenders 

Killing the small - we're just pretenders


For once take up the viewpoint of the other

Not always assuming our culture or nation is better

So much energy wasted for the wrong cause

When we could be getting closer
Avoiding senseless wars 

Time could be spent on cooperation
Enriching the diversity of our nation
Yeah

Let's devote ourselves to cooperation
Enriching the diversity of our nations
Track Name: The Green Man, Ultima C, Kingz - Feels like Home
Time to come out - out of your shell 

If you wanna feel great - wanna excel

Let down your guard and follow your heart

Let's chance a new start


What's behind is simply the past

Your guard's up high made to last

Lower it down and see the light

Greet the sun - she shines so bright
Track Name: Feeling Fresh (feat. Stephanie Bohn)
Feeling Fresh
In goes all the goodness around you
Out goes all the trouble you’re going through

Coz the golden way to elevate in this day and age
Is to meditate and reach a new state

Feeling fresh - Feel

Coz the golden way to elevate
Is to meditate in this day and age
Track Name: Heroes
Heroes
Imagine what could be
What could be - what you could be

Imagine what could be
The possibilities
Try and realise
What could be
What you could be

Caught yourself going with the flow
Let your true colours shows
Yeah
Leave the back row
A change is essential
Release your potential
You got to be your own hero

Introspection beyond good and evil
No delusion or fiction your upheaval
De novo from absolute zero
Search your soul
Here’s your goal be your own hero

You gotta be your own hero
Be your own hero
Yes yes y’all - from absolute zero

Imagine what could be
The possibilities now now
Try and realise
What could be - what you could be
Be your own hero
Show your potential - its inside you
From absolute zero

Introspection beyond good and evil
No delusion or fiction your upheaval
De novo from absolute zero
Search your soul
Here’s your goal be your own hero
Track Name: The Moment is Now
The Moment is Now

It’s here
Time is now ripe
Face your fears now face life
Like feelin’ the vibe of the drum and the bass
The time is now - the time is in your face
The moment is real so real
For all to feel

Forget the past - Forget the future
No matter where you’re from - your culture
Endeavour to live here to live now
It’s clear so clear like the sound

It’s clear so clear - the moment is now

Green Man & Kingz 2016
Face your fears now - face life
The moment is now

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