Fri. Nov. 22, 2019

Canto Azul – Resolution (Faze Action Remix)

This Beat Is Mine! Canto Azul – Resolution (Faze Action Mix) (Resolution Records)

The very first time I heard of Nu-Disco brings me back to the first time I red about Faze Action. In other words, some 20 years ago or so… To be honest, the connection didn’t sound that obvious to me, even though I came to love their sound. It sounded so refreshing at the time, and still does as a matter of fact.
I incidentally came to discover this remix of theirs years ago at a record fair. And what a surprise it was at the end, somehow reminding me of The Idjut Boys‘ stuff. And also because I happened to have the original, titled ‘Canto Azul’, by the likes of A-Factor. One of those rare grooves in an infectious Latin mood!

Faze Action just turned it into a killer percussive dubbed groove, altgough with chillin’ and jazzy vibes…

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Overview
Faze Action is so to say the history of two brothers who decided to join forces back in the middle of the 90’s. In other words, a DJ/producer (Simon Lee) and a classically trained musician (Robin Lee).

It all started with a cut called ‘Original Disco Motion’ which pretty much highlighted their position, at the crossroad between Abstract Disco and Jazz/Funk. A cut which caught up the attention of jocks such as François K Stateside. But also of Sav Remzi and Dave Hill of The Ballistic Brothers fame who were launching Nuphonic Records at the time. ‘Original Disco Motion’ seeing the light soon after on the label as a part of Faze Action‘s ‘Full Motion’ EP. And two years later as a part of their ‘Plans & Designs’ debut-album. This along with the memorable ‘In The Trees’, which stands as their most famous cut.

No matter what though, I would tend to consider their second album – ‘Moving Cities’ – as their most accomplished effort. This while brilliantly displaying their versatility. From its atmospheric jazz/funk title track to the… Latin jazzy ‘Samba’. Not to mention the African flavored ‘Kariba’ featuring Zeke Manyika.

Faze Action made a quick stop on Bar De Lune after Nuphonic ceased its activities. There, they released their third album, ‘Broad Souls’ back in 2004. Strangely enough, the label only released one single. This by the likes of ‘We Don’t Know How’. Thus passing in the meantime on its title cut. A cinematic Soul jazzy Quiet Storm smoothie featuring singer Andre Espeut at the top of his art.

2009 saw the brothers resurfacing with their fourth album, ‘Stratus Energy’, on their own Faze Action label. They gave it a follow-up by the likes of ‘Body Of One’ five years later. With their last effort to date – ‘To The Sunset & Beyond vol. 1’ – seeing the light back in 2015.

Unsurprisingly, Faze Action stands on an impressive amount of remixes after so many years. The latter being as many extra illustrations of their versatility. From D* Note‘s ‘Waiting Hopefully’ to Bebel Gilberto‘s ‘Close Your Eyes’. But also Alex Gopher‘s The Child’ or Canto Azul‘s ‘Resolution’ to name but a few…

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