San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
AM & Shawn Lee live in Vancouver for their CD release show at The Cobalt on Sunday, June 16, 2013.
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The unadulterated soul vibes and funk tempos filtered through ’70s soundtracks are what inspire AM & Shawn Lee's own unique brand of futuristic electro soul. The London/ Los Angeles duo's collaboration is an intricate, groove-filled dreamscape that is every bit organic and every bit mad genius. Blurring funk, pop, psychedlia, and “world music” genres beyond their established capabilities, AM & Shawn Lee make music that remains so true to a classic aesthetic that their songs could be dug out of a crate without a label and confound listeners to pinpoint its origin.
AM & Shawn Lee bring us their new full length LP La Musique Numérique (French for digital music) on their Sounds Of Summer Tour 2013: a sun-filled, space funk masterwork blending early digital technology with decade blurring songwriting transporting listeners deeper into the sonic crates from which the music was born. However these out-sound influences aren't plugged into a computer program and spit out through modern day micro technology. The instruments are played, the vocals are sung and the songs are written, proving an even stronger connection to the past.
Album lead off "Two Times" introduces the album perfectly with a tip of the hat to Sleng Teng Riddim's technological origin: the Casio MT-40 keyboard. What follows is a pulsating sex groove complete with unexpected synth jabs and smooth soulful vocals: a space capsule where Curtis Mayfield and Sly & Robbie play the host. The album finales with an ambitious and successful rendition of Joe Jackson's 80's hit "Steppin' Out", a version that sees the new wave classic taken deeper into the cosmos.
La Musique Numerique's interstellar journey takes you in and out of faded memories of disco, funk, soul and reggae but never sets foot on any of these planets; never colonizes one style. It's not a secret the duo dig deep into obscure musical wells gaining approval from other like minded audiophile obsessives and vintage Sound Library revivalists.
AM & Shawn Lee's Sounds Of Summer Tour 2013
June 13 Mississippi Studios Portland
June 14 Chop Suey Seattle
June 16 Cobalt Vancouver
June 18 U Street Music Hall Washington DC
June 19 Church of Boston Boston
June 20 Knitting Factory Brooklyn
June 21 Schubas Chicago
June 22 Lovin’ Cup Rochester NY
June 26 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco
June 28 The Echo Los Angeles
June 29 The Griffin San Diego