Ugly Duckling - Moving at Breakneck Speed - out on P-Vine Records
Ugly Duckling - Moving at Breakneck Speed
(CD/Digital) P-Vine PCD-93429, 2011-08-17 (Japan), 2011-10-10 (rest of the world)
Ugly Duckling is back with their fifth full-length album Moving at Breakneck Speed. After more than a decade in the music business, Young Einstein, Andy Cooper and Dizzy Dustin are well accustomed to the recording process. For their latest LP, the boys dug deep into their bag of tricks to create what they feel is their most dynamic and complete release to date. Moving at Breakneck Speed is an exciting and musically exotic adventure story that has our desperate heroes circling the globe to outrun an evil gang of super-criminals determined to put an end to UD once and for all. The record is made up of 14 power packed tracks that showcase Ugly Duckling's classic production sound as well as the flavorful and humorously soulful vocal styles of Dizzy and Andy. "By the time you work on your fifth record, you ought to know how to do it, right?" asks Andy, "I think we put all of the pieces together to make a really, really good album".
Ugly Duckling - Moving At Breakneck Speed
(CD/Digital) P-Vine PCD-93429, 2011-08-17 (Japan), 2011-10-10 (rest of the world)
01. Keep Movin'
03. $100 Weekend
05. I Wonder Where She Is Now
06. One Horse Town
07. Anything Can Happen
08. How It Used To Be
09. Einstein Got A Monkey
10. Run For The Light
12. The Homecoming
13. The Breakneck Theme
14. Endless Summer
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Press Release :
"Party people hold onto your hats!"
Ugly Duckling is back with their fifth full-length album MOVING AT BREAKNECK SPEED. After more than a decade in the music business, Young Einstein, Andy Cooper and Dizzy Dustin are well accustomed to the recording process and for their latest LP, the boys dug deep into their bag of tricks to create what they feel is their most dynamic and complete release to date. MOVING AT BREAKNECK SPEED is an exciting and musically exotic, adventure-story that has our desperate heroes circling the globe to outrun an evil gang of super-criminals determined to put an end to U.D. once and for all. The record is made up of 14 power-packed tracks that showcase Ugly Duckling's classic production sound and the flavorful and humorously soulful vocal styles of Dizzy and Andy. "By the time you work on your fifth record, you ought to know how to do it, right?" asks Andy, "I think we put all of the pieces together to make a really, really good album".
"Keep movin'", that's the new philosophy/ It's not the destination it's more about the odyssey - $100 WEEKEND
Inspired by the extensive touring and constant performing that have taken Ugly Duckling around the world many times over, MOVING AT BREAKNECK SPEED captures the troubadour spirit of a traveling Hip-Hop band. "We've always wanted to make an album like this but we needed to do a decade of research first," jokes Dizzy, "and now that we've worn out a couple passports, we can speak about globetrotting." Einstein chimes in, "When you're touring for a living, it feels like it's you against the world and that's a big part of the new album." The opening track KEEP MOVIN' gets the record off on the right foot with ominous fanfare and eerie, Spanish trumpets combined with pounding drums and an intensely defiant vocal performance. Andy talks about the song, "we haven't always had an easy time. Being an independent group, we've sometimes struggled to keep our heads above water and KEEP MOVIN' showcases the attitude we have about our music with lines like: 'We made it this far and we can't quit now no way no how!'". $100 WEEKEND takes a more laid back approach to the travel theme with a story about a youthful, weekend getaway to no where in particular while I WONDER WHERE SHE IS NOW, a melancholy but sensual groove, ponders the whereabouts of all the international ladies that the band has come across and lost track of.
MOMENTUM, the album's second track, is Ugly Duckling 101 with a signature Einstein drum-break leading into a high-powered horn section that will make you happily light-headed. ELEVATION is one of the groups catchiest tracks yet with Stax records- influenced organ bits, tight funk guitar riffs and a bassline that could move a Buckingham palace guard. Other standout tunes include SPRINT! (135bpm; Ugly Duckling's fastest song ever) on which Andy and Dizzy vocally chop the rhythms up like a sushi chef on uppers and HOW IT USED TO BE, a moving reminiscence about happy yesteryears that showcases an epic musical arrangement with echoes of the Ugly Duckling classic I DID IT LIKE THIS. The album culminates with ENDLESS SUMMER, a warm, beachside bouncer which gives the album's weary travelers an appropriate ride off into the sunset. "You can smell the salt in the air and get sunburned with that one", says Dizzy.
I haven't got a plan or a grand design/ I find myself chasing what I can't define - KEEP MOVIN'
Production-wise, Ugly Duckling is as solid as ever. Einstein and Andy dug deep into the crates to develop a sound that was both banging and in line with the international themes of MOVING AT BREAKNECK SPEED. "It's kind of like the soundtrack to an adventure movie but funkier," says Einstein, "even the D.J. song has a story". Young Einstein is referring to the track EINSTEIN BUYS A MONKEY which features his very fast hands on the turntables in a Bossa Nova, scratch showcase that tells the tale of an out of control primate (only on an Ugly Duckling album, right?). Einstein goes on, "we are always looking to do something that we have never done before but also keep it U.D."; fans of the Ugly Duckling production style will not be disappointed by the new music.
All of the tracks are filled with crispy drum loops that support a wide array of boldly melodic and constantly changing arrangements. "We love the power of a good chord progression and we're always looking for something magical," beams Andy. "And when we come up with a part that sparks our collective imagination, the songs sometimes write themselves". Ugly Duckling makes music that can lift the listener to another place and with this new LP, the band did everything but buy their plane tickets.
U.D. lives as fugitives/ A few steps ahead of the music biz - SPRINT!
MOVING AT BREAKNECK SPEED showcases a group operating at peak level. For years, Ugly Duckling has made a living on the run, keeping their heads above water with nothing but musical passion and an unbending conviction about how things should be done. The new album exemplifies that journey along with the band's unshakable and relentless attitude of determination mixed with their unique sense of positivity and humor. While many artists change with the latest industry projections or so-called technological advances, Ugly Duckling has always put their music where their mouth is. For as long as they've been around and despite the ups and downs of a career in entertainment, they've somehow held their ground. MOVING AT BREAKNECK SPEED, in a fantastically imaginative and larger than life way, explains how they've managed to do it. "We will never compromise," states Dizzy defiantly, "we'll just keep movin'".
Lead vocals: Andy and Dizzy
Scratches: Young Einstein
Character voices in order of appearance:
Ugly Duckling as "your desperate heroes"
Victor (ironically named) as "El Diabolico", the evil and frustrated leader
Dago as "Igorito", his incompetent and effeminate assistant/henchman
Tamika as "Sapphira", the sultry villainess and "Gertie-May", the country girl
Tru Beatz Crew as "Das Evil Germans", failing, yet again, to take over the world
Tiko as "Mortimer the monkey"
Background singing on ELEVATION: Josh Fischel
Japanese sweet-talk on I WONDER WHERE SHE IS NOW: Hiroko
Southern Belleze on I WONDER WHERE SHE IS NOW: Missy Lawmaster
Yelling on ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN and ELEVATION: Brian, Ashley-Dominique and Clout
All songs written and produced by Ugly Duckling
All songs recorded and mixed by Andy "Lil' Fade" Carpenter and Jon "Big Poppa" St. James at f-1 studios in Fullerton, California
Interludes mixed by Jungle Josh Barlow at Triple-Pop Studios in Lakewood, California
Mastered by Magic Moe at The Sound Château
Cover illustrations by Justin Ridge
Photography by Noel Hadley
Art design by Kevin Cooper