Thursday, September 5, 2002
Various Artists Fluid Ounce Presents Unmeasured
Remember the days when dance floors were filled with perspiring jazz fiends vibrating to the experimental sounds of hard bop, acid jazz and straight up unfiltered funk? Well, miraculously they''re back!
Ubiquity Records has just created a partnership with London-based Fluid Ounce Records to release a collection of their most popular singles titled Unmeasured.
With eclecticism developing a strong core following, the style has created it''s own niche and is now defining the sound of the next emerging musical generation. Featuring some the most innovative new producers from Europe such as Zero db, The Vogado Projects, John Kong, Moonstarr and Carmel, Unmeasured overflows with progressive, left-field sounds meshing new dance trends with jazz groove standards. The album opens with Zero db''s double-bass-driven "Come Party." Then breaks down into homage to space-funk frontier man Larry Young. "Turn Off The Lights" features vocalist Terri Pace and producer Frank de Jojo.
Budapest-bred Carmel puts an original twist in the mix with broken beats and abstract vocal samples of operatic proportions. Unmeasured does not only get your groove on, but creates hypnotic soundscapes of bossa-jazz sunsets with the after-hours sound of The Vogado Projects. Without frontiers, Unmeasured leads us fearlessly into the infinite, unknown, universe of sound that is constantly reinventing itself.
Let''s reminisce. That''s the mindset LA-based Ubiquity Records is now adopting with the first release in a new concept compilation series titled Rewind! While electronic music has become increasingly more popular, it''s now revisiting its roots in jazz, blues, rock, funk and soul.
Rewind is the marriage of old and new musical concepts spawning a rebirth of classic tunes by The Doors, Cream, Pink Floyd, Ohio Players and Thelonius Monk.
Influential producers in dance music have been given the opportunity to pay tribute to some of their favorite artists by "re-working, remixing, re-editing" the original classics, creating a whole new interpretation and perspective on the original song.
Renowned French producers Gotan Project present their tango-infused re-edit of Chet Baker''s interpretation of Thelonius Monk''s "Round About Midnight." Britain''s Rocker''s Hi-Fi maintains the psychedelic resonance of Cream''s "Sunshine Of Your Love," even with the sultry vocals of the great Ella Fitzgerald, and break it down into their own dubbed-out, tribal rhythms. Also featured is New York''s duo Open Door''s cover of Pink Floyd''s classic rock ballad "Breathe." The fusion of chilled lounge atmospherics and mantras of electric guitars are sure to raise the eyebrows of both young and old. Rewind is sure to not only bridge the musical gap between generations, but also to help encourage another musical revolution by rediscovering the timeless melodies of another era.