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Bei Bei & Shawn Lee - Beauty and The Beats EP



Bei Bei and Shawn Lee Beauty and the Beats EP
Bei Bei & Shawn Lee - Beauty and The Beats EP
(10") Ubiquity Records UR259, 2009-09-08

New music by Gu Zheng performer Bei Bei and Ubiquity producer Shawn Lee marries a unique blend of ancient tradition with studio trickery and spiritual jazz. This uplifting, genre-bending, soundclash recalls the afrocentric harping of Dorothy Ashby, the hypnotic style of Alice Coltrane, and the organic electronics of Four Tet and Quantic. The Beauty and The Beats 10" EP will feature Georgia Anne Muldrow, a heavyweight cover of the Billy Paul soul opus East, and a Floating Points remix.
Note : Bei Bei wrote to us on FaceBook, asking for support. Alas - no promo on this one, meaning we haven't been able to listen to it yet. If anyone's got a copy please share with us. We're in contact with lots of radios and DJs who would love our advice...

Bei Bei and Shawn Lee Beauty and the Beats EP
Bei Bei & Shawn Lee - Beauty and The Beats EP
(10") Ubiquity Records UR259, 2009-09-08

Tracklisting :
A1. Make Me Stronger feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow (Floating Points Remix)
A2. Make Me Stronger
B1. East
B2. Make Me Stronger (Instrumental)

Links :
beibeizheng.com
myspace.com/beibeizheng
shawnlee.net
myspace.com/shawnleemusic
ubiquityrecords.com
myspace.com/ubiquityrecords
twitter.com/UbiquityRecords

Press Release :
New music by Gu Zheng performer Bei Bei and Ubiquity producer Shawn Lee marries a unique blend of ancient tradition with studio trickery and spiritual jazz. This uplifting, genre-bending, soundclash recalls the afrocentric harping of Dorothy Ashby, the hypnotic style of Alice Coltrane, and the organic electronics of Four Tet and Quantic.

For this introductory, limited edition 10" EP, we include the original and instrumental versions of "Make Me Stronger," with a vocal by Georgia Anne Muldrow who has recently produced and sang on records by Mos Def and Erykah Badu (she is also working on a solo record for Ubiquity.) Alongside these, is a storming version of the Billy Paul psychedelic soul opus "East." And a remix by UK producer Floating Points (whose "Love Me Like This", "Vacuum Boogie", and "Radiality" releases have been turning heads all year long) takes the track deep into FP vs. Wu-Tang territory.

Bei Bei He is a Gu Zheng performer, composer and educator who was born in Chengdu, China and now resides in Southern California. The guzheng, also spelled gu zheng or gu-zheng or zheng (the Chinese symbol for which translates to "ancient") is a traditional Chinese musical instrument with a truly captivating sound that lends itself as much to peaceful ambient recordings as it does to Kung-Fu funk. It belongs to the zither family of string instruments and is the parent instrument of the Japanese koto, the Mongolian yatga, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh.

He and Shawn Lee met while Lee was out in California recording the Lord Newborn album and collaborating with Clutchy Hopkins. Files have been swapped back and forth and the project polished up for release over the past 6 months. Bei Bei and Shawn Lee's "Beauty and the Beats" album will follow in January 2010. Watch out for accompanying live shows.
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