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Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra

The Latin-infused sounds of multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee helped him to become the flagship artist for the Wall of Sound imprint We Love You. Lee relocated twice in pursuit of his music career, first from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas to Los Angeles, where he polished his skills and worked with Jeff Buckley, and then, in 1995, to London, where he eventually joined Wall of Sound to issue a series of singles and his debut album, Monkey Boy, in 2000. The next full-length didn't come until four years later, after Lee had signed to Ubiquity, which released the first of his Studio Sessions series, Music and Rhythm. The series continued with Moods and Grooves in 2005, and Strings and Things in 2006. The music was created to be used in film and television soundtracks, including Desperate Housewives and Malcolm in the Middle. Also in 2006, Soul Visa, which had originally come out in Japan in 2004, was issued in the U.S. In 2007, Voices and Choices, which included a track from labelmate Nino Moschella, hit shelves, followed later by A Very Ping Pong Christmas: Funky Treats, the musician's take on seasonal favorites. The year 2008 saw the release of the musically globe-trotting Miles of Styles, along with Clutch of the Tiger, his collaboration with producer Clutchy Hopkins. A second Hopkins collaboration, Fascinating Fingers, appeared in 2009 just before Soul in the Hole, a collaboration between Lee and a number of vocalists, including Darondo, Nicole Willis, Paul Butler, Karime Kendra, and Orgone's Fanny Franklin.

Being prolific, Lee kicked off early 2011 with the album World of Funk with the Ping Pong Orchestra. As implied by its title, Lee (with his beats, multiple instruments, and samples) took on the music of the world. World of Funk finds him playing everything from sitar to ektar, balaphone, tanpura, kalimba, steel drum, guitarron, Moroccan castanets, cithare, vibraphone, xylophone, bulbul tarang, charango, bouzouki, talking drum, and udu. In addition, he enlisted help from Brazilian vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Curumin, NOMO's Elliot Bergman, and British/Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas, among others. Also in 2011, Lee collaborated with singer/songwriter A.M. for the album Celestial Electric. Tabla Rock, his own exotic song-for-song (and then some) remake of the Incredible Bongo Band's Bongo Rock album, arrived in early 2012 from Ubiquity,; this was merely the first entry in what would be a prolific year. Next up was Reel to Reel by his Ping Pong Orchestra in mid-July, followed almost immediately by Synthesizers in Space a few weeks later. ~ Stacia Proefrock & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Wow I'm on board for ping pong, this is really outstanding. The music genome project is again spot on.
Good real music
chesaymax
Kiss the Sky is just the tune I needed today to carry me through my work day. A big fan of Shawn Lee!
wow! what a nice suprise!
My anthem!
dude this s**t sounds so annoying. get off my station lol
bizzybodies2 8
When I first heard that jingling hook, I thought Pandora was throwing me a blast to the past with Old Fashioned Love Song.
bizzybodies2 8
Well, this is fresh, what a great sound.
aquafilter
I love Kiss the Sky!!
NICE.
I have no words
been a fan for a long time! have all your works i can get my hands on. Please come to hawaii and play! its beautiful here!
I heard this song in the movies and thought that they picked a perfect song.
I really enjoy this version
Awesome stuff here
Love kiss the sky
snst96
Yo what was that all about, ping pong wars. Im sooo confused.
amy.sirk
MY DOG BARKED!!!





freaky deaky kickass tunage
kiss the sky, that's whats up. Too late, to keep the world from dying.
daftmau5city
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life ESV
b_arghest
this sounds like the into song to Borderlands 2 and Strike back the tv show.
Could Shawn Lee and Clutchy Hopkins be the same person??? Only a true one man band would do a collaberatio n with themselves
Who is Soulvibe? Damn he's hot!!!
Speechless Babe Really!!!!! ;-p
chanee_1
This is what good music sounds like
Superb sounds
Yes.
Bongo furry by shawn Lee's ping pong orchestra says a pumarumma pummatumma to me
At first I was are they playing music from Mario??? But then I was like this is awesome!!! :D
Sounds kinda like daydreams
z3k3z9
oh my, love it so....
sbgt2000
OH SNAP! he did this!!... Dope song in The Getaway
Kiss the Sky is amaziiiing!! !
smilelexi247 3 6 5
Hey! He is from Wichita, Kansas? SO AM I!!! I L°VE his sound :)
Awesome!
sounds like Herbert from family guy singing
this was a rad song
THUMB UP.
awesome song, i need to smoke a phatty now..
hypnotic music & lyrics
lol i worked for that label for a couple months, i totally didn't know this was the same guy... he is amazing!!
i like this s**t
He doesn't look like a funk guy at all but doesn't at all disappoint. He's a real nice guy, too.
sounds kinda like portugal the man
freakin incredible.. . h i s voice reminds me of robert plant...i like this more though
Los Angeles show with AM and Shawn Lee March 7th and at SXSW in Austin March 18th
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