Monday, May 2, 2011


Track 1 - Sexy Beast
Track 2 - Bollywood
Track 3 - Bongo Fury
Track 4 - Swamp Samba
Track 5 - Dirty Birdy
Track 6 - El Duce
Track 7 - East West
Track 8 - Italian Stallion
Track 9 - King Conga
Track 10 - Friday The 13th
Track 11 - Drum Monkey
Track 12 - Spytown
Track 13 - Organ Grinder
Track 14 - Scorpion
Track 15 - Sammy's Theme
Track 16 - Rose
Track 17 - Boss Bossa
Track 18 - Das Booty
Track 19 - Monterey Jack
Track 20 - T's Theme
Track 21 - The Descent
Track 22 - Pasta Cowboy
Track 23 - Axel Grease
Track 24 - Brooklyn
Track 25 - Pyschadelic Sambai

Here is a real treat, especially for those who are not familiar with the work of Shawn Lee. He is an incredibly talented musician and composer who has released over 20 records in the past 15 years as well as providing music for t.v shows such as CSI: Miami, Desperate Housewives and Lost. His work with the Ping Pong Orchestra mainly revolves around taking the genre of library music and giving it a 21st century update. The songs on this album are straight ahead and super tight ( ranging in length from 2min 01 to 2min 32 ), there are elements of crime funk, afro, go go, samba and Italian soundtrack vibes throughout. One track I noticed in particular was "Sammy's Theme" which has more than a passing resemblance to "Hard Hitter" by Keith Papworth.

Percussion is the key element to a lot of this music and you don't have to wait long for the breakbeats to flow. Lee provided some of the music for "Ocean's Thirteen" and I can definitely hear some parallels between his work and David Holmes who scored most of the tracks in that film series. If that doesn't whet your appetite I don't know what will. This is a must have!!!


Budd said...

This is a great album! And a very good description as per too, particularly the Keith Papworth comparison. 'Sammy's Theme', 'Italian Stallion' and 'Friday the 13th' wouldn't look out of place on the 'Bite Hard' comp!!. 'Bongo Fury' also has shades of 'Movement 1' by Herbie Flowers & Barrie Morgan.
My favourite tune is also the album’s biggest disappointment in my opinion. 'Rose' is good but it could have been brilliant! The heavy drums that are an asset to the rest of the album (and a trademark of Lee's) spoil what could have been a fantastic instrumental 'variation' of 'Les Fleur' by Minnie Ripperton. If this particular track had been handled more subtlety (like 4Hero), it could have been a classic! Never mind, I'll stop ramblin' now.. Thanks again for the great share!!

Anonymous said...

Must have?

'nuff said. I'll get it.

Thank you!