359

Ursula 1000: Ursadelica

AAJ Staff By

Sign in to view read count
Ursula 1000: Ursadelica If you look back in time at Ursula 1000 album covers , you'll see a host of retro femme fatales in the action. The new one, Ursadelica, reveals just her hands, but the meat sandwiched between the headphones she's holding is fetching just the same. Turn it over and the hand with the plug literally demands an outlet.

This intelligent dancefloor electronic music makes you want to crank the stereo and twitch to each new groove, twisting happily until the end of the world. You might not make it that far, but that's not the point. Upbeat is upbeat; don't question the rest. Feel good music is good for the soul, as they say.

Ursula 1000, otherwise known in the real world as one Alex Gimeno, is now on his fourth full-length release for ESL. It's a mix disc, like All Systems a Go Go from four years ago, which by the way is his only one to feature a non-femme cover (that is, the artist himself, in all his mad scientist glory). Twenty tracks by as many artists inhabit a loosely defined groove zone that ranges from down home New Orleans funk (The Bees' "Chicken Payback") to dizzy, cosmopolitan samba (Dr. Rubberfunk's "Bossa for the Devil") and percolating salsa jazz (Tata Vasquez's "Suite Guaracho Pt.2," remixed by Beatfanatic), with various international stops in between.

Carlos Jean begs you to put your hands together and clap for the new generation on "Mr. Dabada"; Lemon's retro, beat-centric "Won't You Join Me For A Drink?" segues seamlessly into the Dutch trio Kraak en Smaak's "One of These Days," with its feminine lyrics of love spurned and a taste of some four-to-the-floor action. Barring a few predictable grabs (the Torpedo Boyz get right to the point and bluntly insist, "Gimme a beat! Gimme a bass line!"), the mix is varied enough to sustain interest without becoming distracting. None of these cuts overstay their welcome, in any case.

This new entry into the ESL catalog reflects the label's fascination with loose funk, border-crossing rhythms, colorful samples, and the inevitable hook. It makes a fine dancefloor companion to the head honchos' recent mix of their own, The Outernational Sound . After many spins Ursadelica remains taut, fresh, and fun.

Visit Ursula 1000 on the web.


Track Listing: 1. Set Your Controls to Ursadelica/Ursula 1000 2. Bossa For The Devil/Dr. Rubberfunk 3. Bay Bay Bay/HAL 9000 feat. Slyvie Marks 4. Mr. Dabada/Carlos Jean 5. Born To Funk/Ed Royal feat. Enne 6. Wont You Join Me For A Drink/Lemon 7. One Of These Days/Kraak en Smaak 8. Come Home Baby/Frank De JoJo 9. Come On a my House/Nasty Tales and their Orchestra 10. Tempura Mental (Ursula 1000 remix)/Gaijin A Go-Go 11. Suite Guaracho Pt. 2 (Beatfanatic rework)/Tata Vasquez 12. Charango/Settebello Unlimited 13. Nitty Gritty/Skeewiff 14. Chicken Payback/The Bees 15. Chick A Boom/Joe Bataan 16. Gimme A Bassline!/Torpedo Boyz 17. in The Sky/Moston and Malante 18. The Big Score (Dropped remix)/Fort Knox Five 19. Moustache/Qpythone 20. The Other Side of The Moon (Ursula 1000 remix)/Don Tiki

Personnel: See track listing.

Title: Ursadelica | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Eighteenth Street Lounge Music


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Unnatural  Events CD/LP/Track Review Unnatural Events
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Rediscovered Ellington CD/LP/Track Review Rediscovered Ellington
by James Nadal
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Clean CD/LP/Track Review Clean
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2017
Read Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations CD/LP/Track Review Expedition: Duo Electro-Acoustic Improvisations
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 15, 2017
Read "Anthology - Bigger Than Life" CD/LP/Track Review Anthology - Bigger Than Life
by Doug Collette
Published: December 24, 2016
Read "Leap of Faith Orchestra - Possible Universes" CD/LP/Track Review Leap of Faith Orchestra - Possible Universes
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 1, 2017
Read "Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Vol. 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 22, 2017
Read "Astrometrics" CD/LP/Track Review Astrometrics
by Roger Farbey
Published: May 13, 2017
Read "The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark" CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Rotterdam 1969" CD/LP/Track Review Rotterdam 1969
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 11, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.