STREET DATE: 22.09.2007
ARTIST : QUIO
TITLE : PHIU
FORMAT : CD
LABEL : AGF Producktion 007
BARCODE : 881390550722
MDM # : 55072
FILE UNDER: HipHop, Club, Electronica and Pop
QUIO - “PHIU” - an AGF PRODUCKTION
QU for Quatsch (balderdash)
I for Eisbein (hamhock)
O for Otto-Motor
QUIO, MC and singer coming out of Berlins buzzing club scene , has finished her second Album with Electronic Producer AGF!
She is one of the few fe-MCs in Germany, who drop their rhymes over Drum´n´Bass, Garage and Dubstep, but with “PHIU” she continues to follow her own path already highly acclaimed by the audience and critics for her first album “LIKE OOOH!” in 2005.
Don´t be greedy, when you need me, buy my CD, press play!
On “PHIU”, the versatile vocalist shows once again how multi-faceted her styles can be. From the angry rapper to the delicate singer, from the light-hearted MC to the serious speaking artist. Be assured, with QUIOs vibrating mixture of HipHop, Club, Electronica and Pop you will never get bored!
She plunges readily in and out of her collected adulthood influences: from Ol Dirty Bastard over the Beastie Boys to Tanya Stevens, Lady Saw and Sovereign, from The Smiths to Phoenix.
All these are being minced up, recombined and given the unique electronic flavour of QUIOs producer AGF aka ANTYE GREIE, known for her various solo releases and worldwide performances. Their unusual style, already present on the first Album „LIKE OOOH!“, has now been refined on „PHIU“ – strong beats support raps with high impact and deep basslines bring out the tangent fragility of QUIOs vocal lines.
And on „PHIU“ QUIO has also invited some PROMINENT GUESTS
to support her crazy styles:
NICOLETTE, Ex-Shut Up And Dance produced „Billie Holiday on Speed“, pays QUIO the honour with her unique way of singing on „So Loud“!
DARIUS JAMES, Afro-American writer, known for titles like “Thats Blaxploitation!” or “Negrophobia”, discusses with Quio aspects of her “Germanic Self” on “Bratwurst”.
EDU K, Baile Funk star from Brasil, has given QUIO a portugese Rap-Lesson on „Minha Rima“!
AUDIOTAXI, producer duo consisting of DJ G-SERVE and MOKRY, who have been working with QUIO for over ten years doing radioshows on Berlins pirate station Twen FM, DJing and MCing all over Europe! They have written several tracks on “PHIU”.
LISE, sixteen-year-old voice wonder, with her velvety heartbreaking timbre!
AL HACA, bass heavy producer who has worked with the likes of Dancehall Legend Sizzla, infamous producer Stereotyp and The Tape-Rapper RQM!
“PHIU” THE ALBUM
1. Bratwurst feat. Darius James and Kaisa Kemikoski 3:40
2. Grow Together feat. Lise 3:35
3. So Loud feat. Nicolette 3:48
4. Rising Tide feat. Lise 3:33
5. I Jump feat. agf 3:43
6. Me Mucker 4:50
7. Minha Rima feat. Edu K 3:27
8. ComeCloser 3:32
9. Mole feat. Lise 3:58
10. Shellshocked feat. Susius 4:02
11. Better Mood 4:34
12. Chilaine feat. Afia, Kwaku, Nanie, Lempapa, Dr.Data 4:10
hidden track: Underground Essentials
The new album opens with a BANG!
On her first track „BRATWURST“ QUIO allows the listener an insight into her „Germanic Self“ surrounded by strange german shoutouts of African-American writer DARIUS JAMES („Negrophobia“, „That´s Blaxpoitation!“) and weird explanations of the prussian soul. She is being accompanied by AGFs surprising mixture of March Music snippets and nervous basslines. Playfully questioning Hermanns stereotypes from Kraftwerk to Hitler.
After pondering on her cultural heritage QUIO continues the album with another topic:
In „GROW TOGETHER“ she describes how men and women suffer from the rigid definition of their gender, and states „..we are all girls, didnt you know?!“ . She talks about how women experience men as tender „…nobody ever mentions how soft the skin is on hard-on, pardon…“. And advises women to take up more space for themselves also adressing the slimming craze : „…dont nibble, take beaucoup. Its what i got to say to you! Raise your voice grow extrasize, broader than broadway…!“
After having settled the serious matters, QUIO goes on to do some boasting on “SO LOUD feat. NICOLETTE” and “RISING TIDE feat. LISE”, only to get to the flipside, whispering and singing from the bottom of her soul on “I JUMP”.
On “MINHA RIMA feat. EDU K” Quio gets a portugese Rap-Lesson by Brasilian Baile Funk Rapper Edu K and answers her colleague in a Lollipop stylee:
Edu K got me started I need to hop!
From Berlin to Rio, from Brasil to Phiu, we aint no fops!
“CHILAINE feat. Dr.DATA, NANIE, LEMPAPA, LOTTA,O.LATERNE” co-produced by Ex-ELEKTRONAUTENs TRICKY D, is a track with Quios closest friends, a crazy dubby track crawling in your ear and twirling it when you thought its time to chill…
PRESS QUOTES - A selection from 2005 - 2006
The surprise of the season comes from a German rapper named Quio and AGF…
CODA MAG FRANCE
Like Ooh is like a punch in the face of the creative opposition to change,
…an album which shoots in the aberrations of our day-to-day life, giving a sense to what we don´t have !
SASCHA K…SCH/ BLEED DE-BUG / DE
Energy, wit and high impact
“Like Oooh!” is homemade music from Berlin for the 21st centruy.
PHOENIX NEW TIMES USA
She has a deft, bossy voice, like a precocious grade-schooler who’s
smart beyond her years and knows it.
The bric-a-brac approach to beats and notes are sparse, cute and engaging.
VILLAGE VOICE USA
German bubble-dancehall grime-pop album !
CHRISTOPHER BRAUN / SPEX/ PIRANHA/ TAZ / DE
On “Like Oooh!” the best of all imaginable constellations have met.
PHLOW / WEB
Verbal Kung Fu from Quio.
INTRO / DE
…Grime…HipHop-Beats, Drum«n«Bass-Rhymes and Garage chorusses. No, we better call it: experimental broken-beats with brilliant cranky-playful lyrics.
Quio (used to be a DrumnBass MC and) knows how to kick a rhyme or sing
a line any minute any day.(…) a rather exclusive style of rapping.