Pro Deo et Patria by Kokayi · 2012
DETAILS & CREDITS
Kokayi is baaaaaack with his new CZRS project, Pro Deo et Patria. (That means “For God and Country” for you non-Latin speaking folks). This electric 10-track follow up to 2009’s All Hail album (under the retired moniker of ‘the Caesarz’), is a focused effort of soulfully afro-punk infused all-sung prog-pop. Pro Deo et Patria is yet another gem in Koke’s ever expanding collection of self-produced mayhem.
Since the release of his criminally slept-on QN5-debut, Robots & Dinosaurs, the triple threat has already released a trio of instrumental albums (see his bandcamp) and even an improvisational jazz album as a vocalist for the internationally known Proverb Trio. Switching styles faster than a Honey Badger bite a Cobra’s head off, Koke presents the culmination of his many influences here.
From the first track, you instantly know you’re in for an eclectic musical adventure as only Kokayi can bring you. With “Birdus Ghetti”, Koke may be the first musician to ever blend with grimey 808’s, distorted synths and a fucking banjo while singing about helicopters flying over the ghetto. Actually, strike that, he HAS to be. Blowing your doors off with socially conscious wailing on “Wayyts”, swerving your ass island-style on “ZaZa Hey”, waxing poetic on long-term relationships with guest vocalist Alison Carney on “Been Thru”, even showing off some circa ’82 Minneapolis funk on “Eaux Matic” – this one is guaranteed to expand your musical palate.
Released: September 21, 2012
Mixed by C.Walker @ MONMAISON STUDIOS
Mastered by Brett Misner for Cue Recordings
ALL SONGS WRITTEN, PRODUCED & PERFORMED BY: KOKAYI
Kokayi – “ZaZa Hey (Snippet)