World Of Funk

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Label Ubiquity Records/ada
SKU 219422867
UPC 780661128229
UPC 14 00780661128229
Format CD
Release Date 2/15/2011
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Author Shawn & The Pin Lee
Compilation Appearance Break Up / O.s.t.
Compilation Appearance 15 Years Of West Coast Cool
Associated Artist/Work A.M.
Associated Artist/Work Am
Associated Artist/Work AM & Shawn Lee
Artist Influence David Axelrod (Producer/Arranger)
Artist Influence Ennio Morricone (Composer/Conductor)
Artist Influence Galt MacDermot
Artist Influence Isaac Hayes
Artist Influence Lalo Schifrin (Composer)
Artist Influence Phil Spector
Artist Influence Roy Ayers
Artist Influence Sly & the Family Stone
Artist Influence Willie Hutch
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Technical Info
Engineer Pierre Duplain
CatalogID 282
Lable Name Ubiquity Recordings
Released 02/15/2011
Original Release 2011
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 2s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00780661128229
Musical Guests
Chhom Nimal
Clutchy Hopkins
Michael Leonhart
Natacha Atlas
Curumin
Bardo Martinez
Nanny G
Elliot Bergman
Cava
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Shawn Lee (guitarron, bouzouki, charango, sitar, tanpura, vibraphone, balafon, xylophone, talking drum, castanets, kalimba, steel drum); Andy Ross (flute, saxophone); Dom Glover (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Pierre Duplain.
Recording information: Transvank Studio, London.
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
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.
Disc 1
1 Bina
2 Ghost in the Rain - (featuring Clutchy Hopkins)
3 Ethio
4 Cairo Cairo
5 Nao Vacila - (featuring Curumin)
6 Eterna Felicidad, La
7 Nanny Jee - (featuring Nanny G)
8 Iceberg
9 Booya
10 Mighty Atlas, The
11 Mi Ilusion
12 Accelerate
13 Tablacadabra
14 Hairy Krishner
Product Attributes
Artist Lee,Shawn & The Pin
Label Ubiquity Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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