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After the deluge of faceless downtempo collectives, there didn't seem to be much room for musicians who didn't want to reconstruct Massive Attack's Blue Lines, as Ursula 1000 illustrates: big Wall of Sound woofer-tickling, inventive samples laced without an overbearing sense of quirkiness, and exclusively refined breaks spun with the gravitas of a bloodshot junglist. But the spliffed-out elite's loss is our gain. The supple, mascara-lined loungecore retains a sense of humor as it boots its way into the grooves and only an idiot would write off the funky francophilia of "Mambo 1000" as it mimics Dr. No's "Jump Up" remixed by Fatboy Slim. A black sheep, but a black sheep to keep an eye on.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Ursula 1000 is a stylish American producer, multi-instrumentalist, and DJ who creates sampladelic easy listening breakbeat tracks in a style similar to continental popsters from Pizzicato Five to Dimitri from Paris. Born Alex Gimeno, he was raised in Miami, where he studied commercial art and owned an underground comic-book store before joining the local band 23 as a drummer. Absorbed partially through his enormous record collection, Gimeno soon fused his fanatical love of music and pop culture to...
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