Classics: Faze Action – Moving Cities (Nuphonic)
UK outfit Faze Action saw the light back in the mid-nineties, from the intitiative of two brothers. In other words, Simon Lee (a DJ/producer) and Robin (a classicaly trained musician who can play bass, keyboards and cello). Soon after their debut with ‘Original Disco Motion’, they came to sign with UK famous defunct label Nuphonic.
Although not as famous as ‘In The Trees’, ‘Moving Cities’, the title track of their second album, stands as one of their signature cuts. Thus blending House Music influences with fragments of Classical Music, Jazz and Funk.
Speaking of their music, British critics at the time would eventually rate it as Nu-Disco. No matter whatever it may be at the end, Nu-this or Nu-that, ‘Moving Cities’ just comes as a fascinating travelling through the matrix of a modern and timeless groove. Finding some parental link with Rinder & Lewis‘ ‘Lust’. But also possibly influencing artists such as Typesun on ‘Make It Right’ and – even more – on ‘Last Home’ as remixed by DJ Nature. Not to mention Kölsch on the vibrant ‘Talbot’…
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…