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Format: CD
Sku: 219422867
UPC: 780661128229
UPC 14: 00780661128229
Release Date: 2/15/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bina ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
2. Ghost in the Rain - (featuring Clutchy Hopkins) ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
3. Ethio ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
4. Cairo Cairo ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
5. Nao Vacila - (featuring Curumin) ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
6. Eterna Felicidad, La ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
7. Nanny Jee - (featuring Nanny G) ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
8. Iceberg ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
9. Booya ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
10. Mighty Atlas, The ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
11. Mi Ilusion ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
12. Accelerate ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
13. Tablacadabra ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee
14. Hairy Krishner ~ Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra/Shawn Lee

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Shawn Lee (guitarron, bouzouki, charango, sitar, tanpura, vibraphone, balafon, xylophone, talking drum, castanets, kalimba, steel drum); Andy Ross (flute, saxophone); Dom Glover (trumpet).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Pierre Duplain.
Muze PNote Recording information: Transvank Studio, London.
Muze PNote More often than not, Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra is indeed the work of one man, a producer and DJ who also happens to be a gifted multi-instrumentalist. World of Funk showcases Lee playing instruments from all over the globe, including sitar, ektar, balaphone, Tanpura, kalimba, steel drum, Guitarron, Moroccan castanets, cithare, vibraphone, xylophone, bulbul tarang, charango, bouzouki, talking drum, and udu. He also enlists a host of vocalists and instrumentalists to assist him in this international brew of sound library music, breaks, and global funkadelica. "Ghost in the Rain" features Clutchy Hopkins on drums, electric piano, and distortion guitar, and Dengue Fever vocalist Chhom Nimol. Lee arranged the cut, laid down bass, organ, and atmospheres that wed Southeast Asian folk music to blaxploitation soundtrack moves and retro-sounding psych. On the overdriven bass and rhythm MPB funk blowout, "Nao Vacila," with Brazilian vocalist Curumin, Lee does his best Rio version of James Brown. Natacha Atlas contributes her powerful voice to "Cairo Cairo," which weds hand percussion, nasty fuzzed-out basslines, big horns, Middle Eastern violins, loads of loops, and analog synth sounds. On "The Mighty Atlas," her voice soars above fuzz-drenched guitars, kit and hand drums, Arab pop, and aggressive hard rock. Trumpeter Michael Leonhart assists on the Mulatu Astatke-inspired modern African jazz that is "Ethio," and the moodier Bollywood-esque jazz-funk of "Booya," with help from Stuart Boogie on clarinet. NOMO's Elliot Bergman brings his electric kalimba to the break-driven "Iceberg," which contains a synth bass as nasty as anything by P-Funk. Lee decorates all of these songs with his wide array of instruments and textures. The final three cuts, "Accelerate," "Tablacadabra," and "Hairy Krishner," all display Lee's proficiency on his chosen array of international instruments, as well as Western Farfisa organs, bass, guitar, drum kits, and his producer skills adding sampled voices and loops to provide some of the roughest grooves on the album. World of Funk is exactly what it claims to be: a joyride across the globe through rhythm consciousness and exotica; it is one of Lee's most ambitious projects to date. ~ Thom Jurek

Engineer: Pierre Duplain

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Chhom Nimal
Muze Guest Artist Clutchy Hopkins
Muze Guest Artist Michael Leonhart
Muze Guest Artist Natacha Atlas
Muze Guest Artist Curumin
Muze Guest Artist Bardo Martinez
Muze Guest Artist Nanny G
Muze Guest Artist Elliot Bergman
Muze Guest Artist Cava

Artist Overview

A native of Wichita, Kansas, Shawn Lee nurtured an interest in 1970s blaxploitation funk from an early age. Developing his song-writing skills in L.A. in the early '90s, Shawn relocated to London in 1995 where, after a stillborn deal with Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label, he signed with Wall Of Sound, releasing the LP MONKEY BOY in 2000. Shawn also recorded a series of instrumentals for Ubiquity as Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra and his music has appeared in numerous films and TV shows. In 2006, he scored the Rockstar videogame BULLY. A balanced blend of jazz, funk, and soul, Shawn's unique pop sound has inspired comparisons to prolific Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Break Up / O.s.t.
Muze Music Compilations 15 Years Of West Coast Cool

Associated Artists and Works

AM & Shawn Lee
Into the Wind ~ Bei Bei
Hopkins, Clutchy
Fascinating Fingers ~ Hopkins, Clutchy
The Deckwrecka

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/15/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 282
Music Label Name Label : Ubiquity Recordings
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00780661128229

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Lee,Shawn & The Pin
Product attributeLabel:   Ubiquity Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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