Pushing Through The Pavement

by The Polish Ambassador

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"Loved for his rootsy, indie EDM and sunny, shimmering beats, The Polish Ambassador springs deeper into organic, soulful sonics on his latest offering, Pushing Through the Pavement. The album’s tracks sprout from funk, R&B, and hip hop, thanks to a crew of friends and collaborators that feels like a snapshot of Bay Area underground soulfulness combined with worldwide musical allies. Progressive hip hop featuring Mr. Lif cross-pollinate with Indian and global chants (“Sri Gurvastakam”and “Koyelia”). Dubbed-out flow (“Rise and Release” featuring Raashan Ahmad) and delicate, positive R&B (“Wait for One That’s Special” featuring the velvet-voiced Sean Haefeli) raise the roof.

It’s all part of the same shifting energy for TPA: “For me it’s a modern day soul record with hip hop, jazz, and world flair. The electronic backbone ties it all together. That’s what I’m most stoked about. You can go from one track to another, unable to classify this record as a certain style.”

Yet the vibe remains the same: Be yourself, do it joyfully, and do it sustainably."

-Dmitri Vietze/Rock, Paper, Scissors

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released 10 June 2014

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Track Name: Vision Fiberoptics ft. Sean Haefeli
View so clear, vision fiber-optic
At the crucible, just before my prime hits
Too smooth, and I'm not even trying yet
Walk the line, no cash, just appear rich
Voice boom like the crack from a thunder stick
Play it tough 'cause I'm just too fuckin' sensitive
Think I'm open, it's likely 'cause I smoked a spliff
No fun, but the silence feels like innocence
I see myself so clearly
Keep it moving, keep it going strong
Try to stand clear, but it move too fast
In the mood, but you know it won't last
She'll walk away with your heart and your cash
So sexy, but not enough class
Sounds stupid, but I put myself on blast
I was in the crib, she was grazing in the grass
Seems like the world was really just a flash
Keep it in perspective as I raise another glass
I see myself so clearly
Keep it moving, keep it going strong
Push it high speed, push to the cusp
Pop a few of these, make your head rush
I'm at capacity, waiting to erupt
Break free, will it ever be enough
I know the feel up and down just from a touch
So good, but I don't want to get stuck
Crushed paper, who can I trust
All world, rise from the dust
I see myself so clearly
keep it moving, keep it going strong
Track Name: Let the Rhythm Just ft. Mr. Lif & Ayla Nereo
Yes!
Let us start this quest
Let me say first of all that I feel blessed
Just waking up every day is a prize
Feeling all the love before I open my eyes
It wasn't always like this
Strife is...
A conduit to make us feel lifeless..

So lost in the adds, fads, drags us down
To a lower level where we can't be found
But in this underground we forge our own paths
The sun still shines
And yes we do laugh
No, we don't need those things you wanna sell us
Fulfilled from within despite what you tell us
Rebellious is the spirit that flies..
So ethereal that earth becomes skies...

I've gotta say with no further adieu
We're happy to be here with you (echo)

CHORUS

So you can hold all of the folds of all these parts that become sore
When waves crash shorelines to this heart, and beat by beat taken apart...

Verse 2

It's just another harsh case of cannibalism
Oops, I really meant to say capitalism...

After the rhythm dies down...
Will it revitalize your soul when you remember the sound?

If not, you're listening to audio garbage
Shitty as can be
R.I.P.
No homage

We hit the lab, and we're hoping to accomplish
Jams that'll lead you to the land that's promised

Honest
Raw sentiments project
You see us at the set
And we instantly connect

Cause we've been thinking bout y'all for days
So here's a little something for us modern day slaves...

No companies, no filters, no residue
Just the impact of this vibe we're sending you

I've gotta say with no further adieu
We're happy to be here with you (echo)

CHORUS

Verse 3

"Why"
A usual way we start questions
"How" we advance through life & learn lessons
Suggestions are made and then explored
I'm positive
Whatever's negative gets ignored

We're on a mission
Can you see that?
I float a theory through the air, now can you breathe that?

If you inhale
You embark on a tale
Don't grieve over things you leave
Just set sail

There's no fail
There is only success
If you learn from mistakes you made, and progress

Maybe it's best that we halt this discussion
Sit back and just bathe in percussion

Let the rhythm just carry us away
As we twirl through the atmosphere
And just sway

I've gotta say with no further adieu
We're happy to be here with you (echo)

CHORUS
Track Name: Forever Lost ft. Lafa Taylor
what you searching for?
huh
yeah
what you looking for?
what you searching for?
huh

sun goes down
I'm on the hunt
for something to real good
uh huh
what do I want
I'm willin to take my time
I aint in a rush
I color outside the lines
I paint with a brush

hush, listen to the heart
trust is intuition in the dark

uh catch a vision in the stars
liven in the moment
forever getting lost

lookin for love
looking for food
searching for sun
searching for truth

looking for function
searching for youth
searching something
looking for roots

shoots, that mean we north shore bound
how board shorts and a surf board sound
I tell the ocean preach
I'm at peace like peace!

I search all around the world
tryna find my mind
but each and every time I say my my my
I don't know nothing
but theres nothing that I can't learn

I search all around the world
tryna find my mind
but each and every time I say my my my
I don't know nothing
but theres nothing that I can't learn
no theres nothing that I can't learn
know theres nothing


man shit is so great
shit is so great
what's really up tho?
who's ready to rage
been ready for days
the world is but a stage
so turn up the P.A.
we resonate in the bay
turn the beats up

shit is so gravy
who really up tho?
who ready for rage
been ready for days
the world is but a stage
so turn up the P.A.
L.T. / P.A. feel the beat uh

feel the beat uh
yeah
feel the beat


sun comes up
I'm on the hunt
for something to reel good
uh huh
what do I want
I willing to work real hard for my piece
I willing to push real hard for my peeps
the longer the journey the harder my feet
you cant comprehend at the par that I teach
then pardon my reach
its part of my speech
the more I bite dust, the sharper my teeth
uh, so how it feel to be an astronaut?
cuz the earth is but a space station
tell me what you really after dog? a play station or a vacation

man if y'all already know
then you must that you don't know nothing yet
the only thing that we got is change
who wanna make a fu&%in bet

I search all around the world
tryna find my mind
but each and every time I say my my my
I don't know nothing
but theres nothing that I can't learn

I search all around the world
tryna find my mind
but each and every time I say my my my
I don't know nothing
but theres nothing that I can't learn
no theres nothing that I can't learn
know there's nothing


man shit is so great
shit is so great
what's really up tho?
who's ready to rage
been ready for days
the world is but a stage
so turn up the P.A.
we resonate in the bay
turn the beats up

Shit is so gravy
who really up tho?
who ready for rage
been ready for days
the world is but a stage
so turn up the P.A.
L.T. / P.A. feel the beat uh

feel the beat uh
yeah
Track Name: Sri Gurvastakam ft. Kirtaniyas
Samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-
Tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam
Praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya
Vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

Mahaprabhoh kirtana-nrtya-gita-
Vaditramadyan-manaso rasena
Romanca-kampasrutarangabhajo
Vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

(Translation)
In materialistic forest fires we burn,
To save us you pour down rains of love,
From an ocean of auspicious qualities,
Praise to our masters’ divine lotus feet!

In Mahaprabhu’s kirtan dancing and singing,
Maddened within by the moods you are tasting,
Hairs standing on end, shivering and crying,
Praise to our masters’ divine lotus feet!
Track Name: Lynx - Picture (The Polish Ambassador Remix)
I wanna paint you a picture
with the pain of my history
'til my words are the colors
of the shadows from my memory
i wanna lay it down
spread it out on paper
and hang it up for all to see
i wanna break it down
layer after layer
give it back to the mystery
I wanna lay it down
Track Name: Wait For the One That's Special ft. Sean Haefeli
All these questions going, keep on spinning me around
I came to party, come and show me how the lost get found

Drop it to the floor, how you shake it fast Got game all day, give your whip some lash

'Bout each move you make, I feel how we gon' give some take Know you'll set me straight, 'cause every time we celebrate

Precious, live this life, dream that perfect circle
No precision on it, I'm just trying to clear them hurdles

Why make some kind of promise, truth we know we both can't keep If we could just be honest, make that bitter sweet

We've time explore each other, won't you come and go my way We travel miles deeper than this stream of words I play

You give that good-good feeling, I live with no regret With what we make together, I can see no self to check

Some may see for beauty, some may feel for love Wait for the one that's special, some just trying to cut
Track Name: Rise and Release ft. Raashan Ahmad
High in the heavens
Low in the streets
Above the clouds
Soul in the beats
Lost in the sunshine
where we should meet
Good vibrations
Rise and release

High in the heavens
Low in the streets
Above the clouds
Soul in the beats
Lost in the sunshine
where we should meet
Good vibrations
Rise and release

Go all star
You you all star
One shine
No woman
No cry
Life on the incline
I climb
With the lions share of my stress
I prepare with no less injest
Inhale exhale
Set sail on sensation
Feet in the dirt
Praising creation
One time
Feel the beat so amazing
Travel on the wind
Good food good body
Good energy
Make the world feel godly
Kickin with my goddess
Singing bob Marley
(I shot the sheriff)
Cuz he shooting all my friends my friends back home
Kill him with the kindness
Living in my bones
Turn up the sound
Get lost in the zone
So profound
Make love your home
Break new ground
Make love your home
Get live with it

CHORUS

High in the heavens
Low in the streets
Above the clouds
Soul in the beats
Lost in the sunshine
where we should meet
Good vibrations
Rise and release

High in the heavens
Low in the streets
Above the clouds
Soul in the beats
Lost in the sunshine
where we should meet
Good vibrations
Rise and release

Feeling the feel get a taste
Get energy from the drum and the bass
That synergy when the melody chase
Good remedy if ya run rat race
I trace with the sun moon stars
Laws of the uni-
verse
And the earth true laws
True eye
Who fly elevation
Dance for ya spirit
The conscious nation
Til the days in
The disco
Is dis
Friends then we faught
Then she faired me a kiss
Live in the moment
Sometimes reminisce
Do it and own it
Don't half step bliss
Keep it going on
On timing with the mayhem
Body rock don't stop
Rockin til the days end
even more til the am
Push
Soundbwoy killer
With the west coast kush
vibrate


CHORUS


High in the heavens
Low in the streets
Above the clouds
Soul in the beats
Lost in the sunshine
where we should meet
Good vibrations
Rise and release

High in the heavens
Low in the streets
Above the clouds
Soul in the beats
Lost in the sunshine
where we should meet
Good vibrations
Rise and release
Track Name: Koyelia ft. Peia
Koyaliya bole ambuva dalapara
Rutu basanta ki deta Sandesava
Nava kaliyana para gunjata bhavara
Unake sanga karata Ranga-Raliya
Yehi basanta ki deta sandesava.

Translation:
A little song bird in a mango tree, singing the message of the monsoon rain.
She sings of the honey bee playing on the new buds,
making love to each flower
This also tells of the coming rain.
Track Name: Lost & Found ft. Mr. Lif & Ayla Nereo
She loves travel
Her heart flows... where she chose
With a routine
Quickly pack the bags, and let's go

In and out of hotels
Travel light and propel
From one spot to next spot
She did so well....

Never really got attached to any one place
...More about the quantity
Addicted to the pace
Til one day...
An unexpected stay....
In a place she kept secret
So I'd rather not say

Just know..
a feeling resonated in her chest so..
strong that she didn't feel like she could move on

But still, the plane ticket had a time on it
She was used to only doing what her mind wanted
Though her spirit started to speak
She wouldn't let it peak
To the point where it would shuffle her agenda for the week

But sitting on the plane to leave simply felt wrong
Looking out the window with her face forlorn....

Long long long long long... long long way to go...
Liftoff
Takeoff
Always on schedule
Disregard silly words your gut keeps telling you

Inner dialogue
As she rides through the fog
Up and through the clouds
Then descent
Touch down

Now on the ground
speeding to a meeting
To tell you all the truth,
She's aloof in the proceedings

Couldn't shake this feeling that she didn't belong
Now the music getting louder
Heart singing that song

Longing...
for this place she barely knew
Life offers so many paths
For you to choose
Sometimes though, we're not meant to know
But she listened to her inner voice
It's telling her "go"

She rose from the table
Thanked the whole staff
Chuckled under her breath to stop a full laugh

Thank you all for coming out, but I've gotta go
Please direct all your requests to so & so

Same bags, same tags, same short
notice
She left to embark on a quest with
one focus
To unearth...
This possible rebirth
The fulfillment of understanding her purpose on earth
No time to waste
She's hopping on a flight
The only way to make her and her fate unite
She's living through passion
Life on a whim
Ascending through the night
Now the journey begins


Taken to the edge, don't hold back, just jump ahead

choosing her name, naming herself, whether she knows or not gotta go every moment

long long way to go, got a long long way to go
choosing her name, naming herself, whether she knows or not gotta go every moment

Finally she lands in this brand new land
Luggage in tow
With her heart in her hand
She walk upon foreign soil once again
But this time with every intent of staying

Made calls to family
Called some friends
They didn't understand
No, they couldn't comprehend

A couple people even told her that she's crazy
Thinking to herself on the low, "Well maybe..."

Nevertheless, the quest must go on
Doubts in her mind, she refused to prolong

Never known to be thin skinned
She looked within
And let her exploration begin

Discovery of many semi unturned stones
From times she had visions of life with lush tones

Envisioned herself before the pressures of the world
Had a convo with that little bright eyed girl

Those old ambitions
Were so enriching
They gave a new purpose to life
A new rhythm

She walked with a bop
As she went to see spots
That moved her with pure beauty
She channelled more thoughts

Her heart flourished
And art nourished her soul
Her creations shed a light upon the people she showed

The love radiated
Satiating the community
Causing this to circulate a bliss quite beautifully

Suitably spawned
by feelings of calm
That were anchored by an overwhelming sense she belonged

All along she thought she simply had a flair
For venturing around the globe until she came here

Now she realizes that the furious pace
Was her spirit seeking a feeling
An energy
A place
A hundred thousand miles just to reach one zone
Her luggage is unpacked
She's finally at home

Oh... long long way to go...

Taken to the edge, don't hold back, just jump ahead
choosing her name, naming herself, whether she knows or not gotta go every moment...
Track Name: Nobody's Alone ft. Yarah Bravo
i am amazing i am unique
i can be anything i will succeed

the message i repeat inside my dome
the energy i manifest can build a throne
but atlantis is long gone, long gone
look inside realise what u want want
go to vegas candy strippers in bonbons
what is done is done, magically…. and its all gone
can't front
you still feel alone
nobody's alone
hold me hold me hold me
dont le go of me me me

i am amazing i am unique
i am amazing i am unique
i can be anything i will succeed
i can be anything i will succeed

forgive me for dancing
forgive me for smiling
but i will not be seduced by your darkness
i threw a life line in it
but you kept on sinking
and before i knew i was drowning too
no oxygen, looking down at me with a heartless grin
in the grimmest hearts of men
so i'm not sorry for dancing
i'm not sorry for smiling
cause i will not be seduced by your darkness

the message i repeat inside my dome
the energy i manifest can build a throne
but atlantis is long gone, long gone
look inside realise what u want want
go to vegas candy strippers in bonbons
what is done is done, magically…. all gone
can't front
u still feel alone
nobody's alone
nobody's alone

nobody's alone

nobody's alone