Happy Machine

by Dubioza kolektiv

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Almost tree years after their last album, Dubioza Kolektiv return with “Happy Machine”, their seventh LP.

Inspiration for “Happy Machine” developed over two years by events that unfolded over that time – from Istanbul’s Gezi park protests (“All Equal”), the jailing of the founders of The Pirate Bay (“Free.mp3”), the Syrian refugee crisis and Europe’s shameful response to it. Album features guest appearances by Manu Chao, Benji Webbe from Skindred, Italian trumpet player and singer Roy Paci, Punjabi singer BEE2, Catalan ska-rumba band La Pegatina and Dzambo Agusev trumpet player from Macedonia. Songs are in English, Spanish, Punjabi and Italian.

What is a Happy Machine? A Happy Machine is, simply put, a Balkan moonshine contraption. This local firewater, called rakija, is distilled all over the countryside throughout the region. Grandfather has his own secret recipe, grandmother has her glass every morning for her health. Drinking fresh-hot rakija straight from the Happy Machine is known to cause instant happiness and other effects similar to an LSD adventure (exemplified in their music video “No Escape”). Yet, this age-old practice has been banned by the EU in recent years, requiring special permits even for producing small qualities for non-commercial domestic use. And has turned normal families into outlaws. “We thought it would help if we spelled out how to assemble a Happy Machine, so we put the blueprint on the cover.” Happy Machine is rant on the freedom of everything – speech, movement, ideas and knowledge, and the struggle of ordinary people trying to protect these freedoms from the relentless soul snatchers. “If we fail at that, at least we have the happy machine to drown our sorrows in.”

“There’s fiery polemic in the lyrics, but it’s all wrapped up in a frantic joie de vivre that’s as infectious as it is unique.” Kerrang! – Paul Travers

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released February 5, 2016

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Track Name: All Equal feat. BEE2
Change needs time
and time needs action
Get out on the streets
start a chain reaction

Raise your head up!
Don’t wait for a cue!
When, if not now?
Who, if not you?

Fuck presidents,
fuck parliaments,
fuck governments
On every continent
same lame arguments

Never interfere
with their master plans
They gonna send you rubber bullets
and the riot vans

So, slip from the grip
don’t fall to their trick
There’s only way down
when pushed from a cliff

Bring it all out,
put your cards on the table
Shout it out loud,
let them hear
what we’re made of

Here comes the raidDon’t be afraid
Tear gas grenade
can’t stop this parade

Down on the streets
Is the sound of the people
Each one is different
but we are all equal
Track Name: No Escape (from Balkan)
Yes I left my motherland and went so far
To get a good job and a brand new car
Very smart phone, hundred inch TV
American hits on my MP3

I’m living in diaspora, I’m very proud
Of my house with the pool, master credit card
Thick gold chain hangs around my neck
Mercedes Benz parked in the back

Don't believe the hype I never beat my wife
I’m not a macho man who would stab you with a knife
I live by your rules every single day
But some things are written in my DNA

But when I taste rakija
In my head anarchia
Back to original shape
Just cannot escape from Balkan

No escape from Balkan
Track Name: Free.mp3 (The Pirate Bay Song)
Our music is for free
you can download .mp3
keep it playing on repeat
if you hate it - press delete

Click it, save it, seed it, share it, link it, stream it, we don’t pay
Click it, save it, seed it, share it, link it, stream it, Pirate Bay

We do file share like we don’t care
throw music industry in despair
It’s a little bit queer but have no fear,
let’s get connected - peer to peer

We don’t give a shit about a copyright law
we take it from the rich and give it to the poor
(like a) high speed internet Robin Hoods
pirate gang from file Share-wood

You can find anything if you seek
government secrets from Wikileaks
images of naked celebrities
And Jamie Oliver’s recipes

It doesn’t really matter where you coming from
From Barack Obama to Kim Dotcom
Everybody downloads pornography
and Dubioza kolektiv mp3s

Our music is for free
you can download .mp3
keep it playing on repeat
if you hate it - press delete

This MP3 is for free
download now A.S.A.P.
Once you hear it you will see
it’s mega hit - OMG

Get instructional video of how to start
doing living-room surgeries on open heart
Blueprints of NASA satellites
and stolen numbers of credit cards

If you wanna new album from Rolling Stones
entire season of Game of Thrones
it’s little bit illegal but that’s OK
let’s do it like they do on the Pirate Bay

Click it, save it, seed it, share it, link it, stream it, we don’t pay
Click it, save it, seed it, share it, link it, stream it, Pirate Bay

(and now the filter)
Our music is for free
you can download .mp3
keep it playing on repeat
if you hate it - press delete
Track Name: One More Time
No I don’t wanna’,
really don’t wanna’
put my head down and wait
Trouble to come,
making a drama
we should not think of it later

Sound the alarm,
spread all around
We gotta hear it and wake up
Future and the history designed
One more time

Release the pressure
Change your direction
One more time

Listen this rhyme,
every time
Africa, Europe and Asia
In every land, all that I found
Spinning manipulation

So many signs, open your mind
We gotta hear it and wake up
Future and the history designed
One more time

Release the pressure
Change your direction
One more time.
Track Name: Boom! feat. Džambo Agušev
Milk is really healthy
is it good for your bones?
Who invented rock
Beatles or The Stones?

For AIDS or a cancer
is there any remedy?
Bin Laden still alive
Who killed John Kennedy?

Is Bigfoot real?
Do vampires bite?
The end of the world
is gonna start tonight

Has NASA been lying
about a trip to the moon?
Boom shakalaka boom
Shakalaka boom boom

Which came first
chicken or the egg?
Can anybody tell me
do I have to beg?

Is there a life on Mars?
Have you seen alien?
Santa Claus exists
and is he vegetarian?

Are we under control
of the New World Order?
If there is global warming
why it’s getting colder?

Everybody says
that the end comes soon
Boom shakalaka boom
Shakalaka boom boom
Track Name: Red Carpet feat. Manu Chao
Evolution is over, just start your browser
Dig your gold and do what you’re told
I guess we are lost and completely numb
We dance to a beat of a loud war drums

People once again will show their rage
But this time only on a Facebook page
This is so wrong on so many levels
New time needs new kind of rebels

This is not a free world
Just a free market
Red flag on the floor
Became a red carpet

It’s not a free world now
It’s just a free market
Red flag on the floor now
Became a red carpet

Revolution has failed, no easy answer
Back to your job, keep pushing the knob
Looking for a needle in a stack of needles
Learn how to think before it gets illegal

Walk like a zombie on a haunted trail
Brain dead men ain’t telling tales
This is so wrong on so many levels
Coz’ new time needs new kind of rebels

This is not a free world
Just a free market
Red flag on the floor
Became a red carpet

It’s not a free world now
It’s just a free market
Red flag on the floor now
Became a red carpet
Track Name: Riot Fire feat. Benji Webbe
Stand up and face tha’
Law manipulator
You gain control
if you disobey them
Fight now against tha’
Your space invader
Making this reality
So close to insanity

Rise up against tha’
Indoctrinator
Forget a lie
of hate generator
Fight now against tha’
Chaos creator
Suicide economy
Of ruthless minority

We are so quite
Let’s make a riot
Must break a rule
Set the roof on fire
We are so quiet now
We are so quiet
Make a riot
Set the roof on fire

Be tough and break tha’
Contaminator
Your life destroyer
wrong navigator
No time to wait
Better sooner than later
Must resist the gravity
and show some humanity

We are so quite
Let’s make a riot
Must break a rule
Set the roof on fire
We are so quiet now
We are so quiet
Make a riot
Set the roof on fire

Better don’t be silent
when they keep you quiet
Tape is on your mouth
All around is fire

Now it seems the world
They just don’t care
Now humanity is everywhere
Track Name: Alarm Song
This time we go bigger
we go trigger the alarm
Listen everybody
doesn’t matter who you are
Stand strong with the brothers
and together we go harder
Who’s gonna stop us
we don’t bow to anyone

Do you really need someone
to tell you what you wanna
nothing’s gonna happen
if you’re waiting on a corner
Yes we go together
we go trigger the alarm
Move with the groove
and jump to this sound

Stay, don’t give it up
Wait, don’t give it up
This one gonna trigger the alarm

Ring the alarm

(You wanna wake up in the morning,
You gotta ring the alarm)

Is it hard to pull yourself together
Make a move you can’t wait forever
Must fight to make a future
little bit better
Every day is now or never

This one is a big up
for the rebels all around
Jump little higher,
get your feet above the ground
Yes, we go together
we go trigger the alarm
Move with the groove
and jump to this sound

Stay, don’t give it up
Wait, don’t give it up
This one gonna trigger the alarm

Ring the alarm
Track Name: Hay Libertad
Que no se calle la calle
que sea frío el tambor
que la locura arrase
y quede uno de los dos
Que no se pudra el intento
y el oro pierda valor
que la alegría dispare
y no se rinda tu voz

Llorar es de cobardes
si lloras por este mundo
no es demasiado tarde
para burlar lo injusto

Hay Libertad
Track Name: 24000 baci
Con venti quatro mila baci
oggi saprei perche’ l’amore
vuole ogni tanto mille baci
mille carezze all’ora all’ora
Con venti quatro mila baci
felici corrono le ore
un giorno splendido perche’
ogni secondo bacio te.

Niente bugie meravigliose
frasi d’amore appassionate
ma solo baci che do a te..
ye ye ye ye ye ye ye ye!

Con venti quatro mila baci
cosi’ frenetico e’ l’amore
in questo giorno di follia
ogni minuto e’ tutto mio

Niente bugie meravigliose
frasi d’amore appassionate
ma solo baci che do a te...
ye ye ye ye ye ye ye ye!

Con venti quatro mila baci
cosi’ frenetico e’ l’amore
in questo giorno di follia
ogni minuto e’ tutto mio
Con venti quatro mila baci
felici corrono le ore
un giorno splendido perche’
Con venti quatro mila baci
tu mi hai portato alla follia
Con venti quatro mila baci
ogni secondo e’ tutto mio
Con venti quatro mila baci
ogni secondo bacio te