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One of the most deliciously
demented minds in beat science. - VILLAGE VOICE


Rapping over an electrifying blend
of breaks, beats and Eastern
European melodies, the artist is
one of the eclectic Jewish music
scene’s stars. - Time Out New York


A sonic archaeologist, digging
through the world of our fathers’
fathers, dusting them off with
what he’s gleaned from Fela Kuti
and Dr Dre. - HeeB Magazine


Socalled's probably the world's
only virtuoso Jewish beatmaker/
ac cordion-playe r/magi c ian/
showman. - Montreal Mirror


So fresh ! SoCalled dépoussière la musique juive et ses traditions avec un mélange de profond respect et de totale décontraction. Puisant dans des 78 tours du début du siècle dernier des samples incroyables, Josh Dolgin, Mc déjanté biberonné au breakbeat, invente le hip hop yiddish. Tous les confessés et les sans-confessions s’y retrouvent, tant Dolgin et l’armada de musiciens qu'il accompagne (le clarinettiste Krakauer, le pianiste Gonzales, le tromboniste Fred Wesley et tant d’autres), s’amusent de leur héritage klezmer tout en assurant sa modernité. Vous croyiez que le Wu Tang Clan et l’Ancien Testament n’étaient pas faits pour se rencontrer ? Laissez vos idées reçues sur le folklore juif au vestiaire et dansez sur le hip hop agitateur de SoCalled, comme l’ont fait ces milliers de danseurs heureux sur leur tube You Are Never Alone.
- LIBERATION


Discography

BUBBEMEISES: LIES MY GRAMMA TOLD ME
David Krakauer, co-writing and production credits to Socalled, Josh Dolgin.
Released 2002 – Label Bleu (France)

SO CALLED SEDER
Written and Produced by Josh Dolgin
Released April 2005 – Jdub records (North America)

HIP H0P KHASENE
Co-written by Sophie Solomon and Josh Dolgin, Produced by Josh Dolgin.
Released July 8th 2005 – Piranha Records (Germany)

GHETTOBLASTER
Written and Produced by Josh Dolgin
Released in Europe Nov 2006, in North American April 2007 – Jdub Records (North America) and Label Bleu (France)

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Socalled is a musician, photographer, magician and writer based in Montreal. He was born Josh Dolgin in Ottawa, Ontario and raised just north, in Chelsea, Quebec. As a kid he was always in musicals and drew cartoons for the Ottawa Citizen. He hated soccer. He was bribed by his mother to continue piano lessons until high school, and then he picked up the accordion. He wrote for the newspaper and played in any kind of band – salsa, gospel, rock, funk – then discovered MIDI and hip hop. He worked with rappers, he made mad beats, and he got into studios. He graduated from McGill and made a 50 minute animated film for the Canada Council, meanwhile writing for Hour Magazine and performing. He has now appeared on a dozen recordings as pianist, singer, arranger, rapper, writer and producer. He rocks the machine in David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!, sings with Toronto-based Beyond the Pale, performs with home-base band Shtreiml in Montreal and with LA-based the Aleph Project. He conducts the Addath Israel choir for High Holidays. Socalled performs and records widely with a crew of mixed-up freaks and geniuses from around the world, including Killah Priest, Susan Hoffman-Watts, Frank London, Matisyahu and Irving Fields. Socalled’s most recent album, Ghettoblaster, was released in 2007 internationally to critical acclaim