No Categories, Vol. 5: Electronic Music for Eclectic Minds

No Categories, Vol. 5: Electronic Music for Eclectic Minds

     
 

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As the 100th issuance from the fashionably eclectic Ubiquity label, No Categories, Vol. 5 is a suitably celebratory record -- almost all of the cuts offered here are furtively upbeat affairs, relying on the favored strains of Latin breakbeats, house thumps, jazz flourishes, and electro twiddlings for momentum and sustenance. When the formula works, it's because…  See more details below

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As the 100th issuance from the fashionably eclectic Ubiquity label, No Categories, Vol. 5 is a suitably celebratory record -- almost all of the cuts offered here are furtively upbeat affairs, relying on the favored strains of Latin breakbeats, house thumps, jazz flourishes, and electro twiddlings for momentum and sustenance. When the formula works, it's because someone has augmented those ingredients with honest-to-goodness craftsmanship; P'taah's joyous opener "Hold You Close," Zero dB's devastatingly effective remix of Interfearence's "Xtradition," and Johnny Frigo's too-short "Gazebo" all resonate strongly. Unfortunately, there are too many instances when those elements fail to coalesce into anything more than a meandering patchwork of too-long drum loops and dull (albeit fashion-conscious) instrumentation. As a result, No Categories, Vol. 5 comes off somewhat antithetical to the creative, bustling music it frequently mines for inspiration. It also proves quite conclusively that mix-by-numbers genre cross-pollination is no substitute for simple human ingenuity.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/19/2002
Label:
Ubiquity
UPC:
0780661110019
catalogNumber:
11100
Rank:
234996

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

As One   Track Performer
Ray Brown   Trombone
Bob Campbell   Baritone Saxophone
Gilbert Castellanos   Trumpet
Jack Costanzo   Solo Instrumental,Bongos,Conga
Johnny Frigo   Track Performer
Quino   Vocals
Mirza Al Sharif   Percussion
Neil Bogart   Percussion,Snare Drums
Kirk Degiorgio   Clavinet,Emulator,ARP,fender rhodes
John Beltran   Vocals
Beatless   Track Performer
Terrance Downs   Vocals
P'taah   Track Performer
Interfearence   Track Performer
Rene Camacho   Bass
Cuica   Track Performer
Mix Master Wolf   scratching,Vocals
Mario Infanti   Guitar

Technical Credits

Stacey Pullen   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Kirk Degiorgio   Modulator
King Britt   Producer,Remixing
John Beltran   Programming,Producer
Chris Brann   Arranger,Producer
Alex Attias   Producer
Zero dB   Remixing
Eric Crandell   Art Direction

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