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Album Review

Being silly and funky at the same time isn't easy, but producer Alex Gimeno's project Ursula 1000 often sounds like the Art of Noise went kitsch, and maybe never more so than on the fantastic Voyeur. This ridiculous mix of quirky samples and dancey beats comes off as an after-hours party at Pee-Wee's Playhouse, where campy guests like Puddles Pity Party (a "sad, sad clown" and Perry Como sound-alike) stop by with a full-bodied cover of Tony Bennett's hit "The Shadow of Your Smile." Ursula supplies the funky electro beat underneath, but when drag queen and Wigstock founder Lady Bunny applies her diva style to "Blast Off!," it's as if Deee-Lite reunited for one night of space disco dancing. Yello comes to mind as the hot and spicy "Tropical Intention" rapidly chugs along, but there's nothing cheeky about the indie house "Faded Denim Wash" or the deep house "Dancing Underground," although both cuts are lighthearted. As much as Ursula has been known to raise the roof, Voyeur is an even-keeled release with midtempo exotica (the shuffling calypso of "Supersonic Sounds" is somewhere between Steinski and Señor Coconut) and Moby-like numbers ("I Got What You Need" features lush strings, twangy guitars, and gospel-sized vocals) breaking up the pace. Too bad it doesn't come with a representative and swanky title like All Systems Are Go Go or Mondo Beyondo, but otherwise is this is a near perfect Ursula 1000 album and an asset to any swinging pad.

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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