Classics: Faze Action – In The Trees (Original Disco Mix) (Nuphonic)
Back in the mid-90’s, there was hardly a single week without the Brits comin’ up with a new genre. Speaking of the defunct Nuphonic label, they would consider it as a Nu House label. Meanwhile Faze Action happened to be rated as… Nu Disco for some time!!!
Of course, no doubt as to how Simon and Robin (Lee) found some of their main influences in the Disco Music. But their repertoire was way more than that at the end. Blending elements of symphonic music (with the latter being a classically trained musician playing cello, keyboard and bass), electronic soundbytes and Latin rhythm pattern.
‘In The Trees’, taken from their 1997 ‘Plans & Designs’ album, and considered as one of their signature cuts, sounding like more of a modern atmospheric version of Disco/Jazz. In other words, a descendant of Rinder & Lewis‘s productions (cf. ‘Lust’).
Last but not least, Juno Records has given ‘In The Trees’ a 12″ re-release back in 2007. This including its original version and a remix by the likes of Carl Craig.
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…