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Friday, Sep 14 2007 | 13:44

Shawn Lee is back with his Ping Pong Orchestra in tow, and goes completely pop! On “Hits The Hits” he does tunes by Gwen Stefani, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Blur, Badly Drawn Boy, Justin Timberlake, Outkast and many more in his own unique style. The album opens with a collaborative joint featuring piano-master Mick Talbot (Style Council, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, etc.) on a version of Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” that sounds like vintage Ramsey Lewis.

Putting his over-stuffed studio to the test Lee pulls out all the stops on an album that includes a surf guitar-driven cover of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” (already selected by taste-maker producer/DJ Tom Middleton for one his compilations), a full-on psychedelic sitar flavored take on Britney’s “Toxic”, and stripped-down super funky versions of the Kelis hit “Trick Me” and Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body.”

Following on the success of Voices and Choices (from which “Kiss The Sky” was picked as an iTunes “Song Of The Day”) and his previous albums (three tunes from which were recently used in each of the three trailers for the Oceans 13 movie) is the second album from Lee this year, but not his last. A Ping Pong Orchestra take on a Christmas album will follow in November.

Lee’s sound, which started as a take on old-school library albums and has grown into a sound of his own, it’s made possible by his inability to stop making music in an insanely overpopulated studio. A 1940’s early proto-synth called a Clavioline, a 100 year old Marxophone zither, a 1950’s Virginal Harpsichord, a 1950’s Xylophone, a rare 1967 Vox guitar that has Fuzz, Tremelo and wah-wah built in, a 1930’s Double Bass and an early 1900’s keyboard called a Dulcetone all reside within the walls of Lee’s facilities.

As a multi-instrumentalist and singer Shawn Lee has played and recorded with a diverse range of artists including Psapp, Coldcut, Leeann Rhimes, Martina Mcbride, UNKLE, Tony Joe White, Chateau Flight, The Dust Brothers, St. Etienne, Jeff Buckley, Bomb The Bass, The Spice Girls, and Natasha Atlas – not to mention solo records for Talkin’ Loud, Wall of Sound imprint We Love You and BBE. He is also known to breaks n’beats collectors as the man behind “The Ape Breaks” and “Planet of the Breaks” series which were sampled by everyone from Guru to The Gorillaz. Music by Lee has been used in commercials for BMW and Jaguar, in multiple TV shows, and in addition to the Oceans 13 movie, he has had music in The Break Up and Save Angel Hope. He was also asked to score the entire soundtrack to the highly controversial Rock Star video game Bully for which he was nominated Best Original Video Game Score by Spike TV.

Tracklisting:

01. Hey Ya
02. Out Of Time
03. Trick Me
04. Rock Your Body
05. One Around The Block
06. One Thing
07. Millionare
08. Clint Eastwood
09. Let Me Blow Your Mind
10. Get Ur Freak On
11. Toxic
12. By The Way
13. Rehab
14. Can’t Get You Out Of My Head

The album Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong OrchestraHits The Hits” (Ubiquity) is going to be released October 12, 2007.

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