Dubioza kolektiv - #fakenews (Menart, 2020)
The politically incorrect Balkan ska/punk band Dubioza Kolektiv is back. The spread of online #fakenews over the years was the main inspiration for their new album #fakenews.
Members of the Dubioza Kolektiv group recently announced: “In the age of fake news, clickbait journalism, propaganda and misinformation, it is difficult to distinguish the truth from lies. We don’t just receive information anymore – we like, share, comment; we attack and defend. This became an important part of our identity. Our social media presence and online searches are being analysed by algorithms. We are being served content that is based on our own preferences, and beliefs and this isolates us further from differing views. We are coerced into “echo chambers” where our own opinions are reverberated back to us. Our own thoughts and conclusions are amplified by thousands of likewise-thinking individuals and we start to perceive people with different opinions as our mortal enemies. This polarisation makes it easier to influence people’s views, push for a specific political agenda and cause confusion and distraction. It’s like someone threw us a virtual bone and now we are too busy fighting over it to know what is really important. This is why our songs try to debunk and ridicule fake news: migrations and refugees are not part of a grand conspiracy, marijuana is not a getaway drug, robots will not take away our jobs and artificial intelligence will not take over the world anytime soon. What is more likely is that a lethal combination of politicians’ greed and climate change will make the Earth uninhabitable in not so distant future.”
New Album #fakenews features guest appearances by Manu Chao, Earl Sixteen from Dreadzone, Toma Feterman/Soviet Suprem, Mexican band Los de Abajo and exclusive appearance by Robby Megabyte, soon-to-be-famous internet superstar robot. Songs are in English, Spanish and Google-translated French.
Dubioza Kolektiv outfit’s latest song ‘Take My Job Away’ and the accompanying video features the first appearance of Robby Megabyte. With this latest technological innovation in the field of the music industry, Dubioza Kolektiv try to tackle the serious issue of acute lack of talent in the Balkan’s entertainment field, which is caused by a massive migration of talented musicians to Western Europe, where they pursue more lucrative careers in the non-entertainment construction sector.
“Over the last couple of months, we have been working very hard on the new songs with Robby Megabyte and we are very happy with the results of this ongoing experiment. Not only is he more reliable and hardworking than human counterparts, but he also displays amazing creative potential that is made possible by the state-of-the-art artistic processors and patented software solutions developed in laboratories of the Bosnian Institute for Artificial Intelligence. Also, his one of a kind integrated autotune voice processor is much more advanced and time-saving compared to other non-robotic singers available on the market today.”
Dubioza Kolektiv has recently sold out a concert tour of the Czech Republic and is currently touring the UK. Their energetic new songs will be pleased to introduce you in our broadcast and if you like, you can freely download them from their official website.
NMR (photo: press Dubioza Kolektiv)