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Moving Cities
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2004
Moving cities is a damn fine little album by brothers Robin and Simon Lee aka Faze Action. They've been around since the mid 90's and came to prominence with releases such as Original Disco Motion and the classic In The Trees which also features on this album.
Their inspiration and musical taste is rooted in 70's disco. Add a healthy dose of latin and african funk/disco influences and give it all modern slant with loads of class and sofistication and you pretty much have what Faze Action are about.
The album pretty much manages to traverse all things disco, with smatterings of afro funk and latin, all under a deep house umbrella. Many tunes are heavily laced with violins, violas and cello's often dominating over a house beat and a killer bass line. For examples, check out the title track as well as the aforementioned In The Trees, which opens with one extended resonating violin note before exploding into a disco house monster.
Also in this vein are the tracks Space Disco and Turn the Point, beautifully constructed house tracks with that disco sound and deep house sensibility.
In contrast check out tracks like Samba and Heartbeat, the former being exactly what it sounds like: a Samba; an orgy of flutes, horns and sax all to a killer latin beat. Meanwhile Heartbeat is the only true song on the album with a sunny, laid back disposition and a slow tempo but with a certain aching qualtity about it and wonderfully sung by Vanessa Freeman.
Overall theres nice variety on this release. However it consists mostly of instrumentals with chants and snatches of vocals thrown in for good measure. Nonetheless the tracks manage to hold ones attention without getting repetitive.
Faze Action manage to take 70's disco and bring it kicking and screaming into the new millenium giving it a modern twist and doing it with tons of style and panache. It's a wonderful sound and this is an album I highly recommend. Who said Disco sucked and was cheesy hmmm?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 1999
Moving Cities is a bit of a mish-mash between ambient electronica, african/latin rhythms, techno and dub.
The most memorable track on the album is "Got To Find A Way" which it is problably worth buying the album for alone, if you can't find it on single. This is a classic of a track - lots of african chants, mad headf**k synth noises and a deep bass pattern which crossfades in and out of a 303 playing the same pattern. It's upbeat, catchy and the kind of song you stick on to get yourself headcharged as you're getting ready to go out for the weekend...
Most of the other tracks on the album are a bit of a letdown after this, being quite percussive in some or stripped down ambient techno.
Still, well worth a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2001
very very good album full of unique collages of very individualistic elements which through unique skill are fused together brilliantly. Strings, African chanting (heard they made the trip down for original vocalist business!), funk, hip hop etc etc woven together brilliantly. Maybe one could pull out the 'Afro Jazz' label here? I think this is more for the open-minded but if you like stuff on Language Records etc then definitely give this a try. Unlike anything else... blazing their own trail. Big up Faze Action massive!
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