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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 globetrotting 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.

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 found 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. In 2013, Lee once again paired with A.M. for the album La Musique Numerique. A year later, he contributed to the KPM library album project KPM: New York Trouble/Electric Progression. Golden Age Against the Machine, a tribute to rap music of the early '80s through the mid-'90s, followed in 2014. ~ Stacia Proefrock & Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Reel To Reel

1. Boomwack

2. Mirror Mirror

3. The Definition Of Funk

4. Biker Chick

5. Daylight Robbery

6. Well Hung

7. Spy Seduction

8. Big Ben

9. Super Storage

10. Rocks On Rocks

11. Soho Chase

12. Straight To Video

13. Piano Milano

14. Song For Ennio

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Track List: World Of Funk

1. Bina

2. Ghost In The Rain

3. Ethio

4. Cairo Cairo

5. Nao Vacila

6. La Eterna Felicidad

7. Nanny Jee

8. Iceberg

9. Booya

10. The Mighty Atlas

11. Mi Ilusion

12. Accelerate

13. Tablacadabra

14. Hairy Krishner

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Track List: Hooked Up Classics

1. 1812 Overture

2. Swan Lake

3. Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy

4. Ride Of The Valkyries

5. Gymnopedie No.1

6. Peter And The Wolf

7. Also Sprach Zarathustra

8. Flight Of The Bumblebee

9. Bolero

10. In The Hall Of The Mountain King

11. Romeo And Juliet

12. Funeral March

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Track List: Miles Of Styles

1. Punjabi Lullaby

2. Brazilian Bubble

3. Great Russell Street

4. Lagos Calling

5. Mela D

6. Bathtub Dub

7. Prague Rock

8. Parisian Glam Slam

9. Italy 73

10. Ciao Bruno

11. Dinosaur Island

12. Heist In Helsinki

13. Tokyo Dancer

14. Mystery Train

15. Phoenix Firebird

16. San Diego

18. Chinese Chillin'

19. Fly First

20. Greekout

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Track List: Hits The Hits

1. Hey Ya

2. Out Of Time

3. Trick Me

4. Rock Your Body

5. One Around The Block

6. One Thing

7. Millionaire

8. Clint Eastwood

9. 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

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Track List: Voices & Choices

1. Intro

2. Song For David

3. Tense Bossa

4. Kiss The Sky

5. Fiendish Fifth

6. Francoise Hardy

7. Glass Act

8. Perculator

9. Nod Your Head

10. The Hour Glass Effect

11. Jw

12. Changing Times

13. Bobulski

14. Mondo Mondo

15. Tired

16. Jawbreaker

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Track List: Strings & Things

1. Ballade De Mela

2. Gerrard Street

3. Greg's Theme

4. In A Hurry

5. Power Surge

6. Dirty Larry

7. Seven, Eight

8. Moodbender

9. Quattro Formaggio

10. Oslo Morning

11. Weird Waltz

12. Miso Horny Pt. 1 & 2

13. Old Sweat

14. Billy's Chase

15. The Message Pt. 3

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Track List: Moods And Grooves

1. P Walk

2. Brighton Rock

3. Igors Revenge

4. The Noose

5. Windy City

6. Cha Love

7. The Chase

8. Laurel Canyon

9. Indian Summer

10. Prog Punk

11. Electric Tit

12. Spooky Street

13. That's Right

14. Echo Park

15. Jagger

16. Ping Pong Song

17. Westenders

18. Skunky Funky

19. Garden Funk

20. Boogaloo

21. Theme From Andrex

22. Praying Mantis

23. 26

24. 60s Swinger

25. Lou's Place

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the.mr.arrog a n t
"Kiss the sky" is my fav song of shwn
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the.mr.arrog a n t
To tibure
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Frank Zappa tribute
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I adore this song! in the end you will be strong!
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Mr Lee, you got a great thing going. Keep up the awesome work.
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Hey dalton, how about sharing one of those tabs you got, what'da'ya say chief?
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Really deep.... wow, more people need to hear this, live on with live in your heart, don't just say it but be it my friends.
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Wow you've got a real message in this song really listen
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Great sound. Sounds a bit like Alabama shakes
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chrisbrown30 3 0 3 0
This is sooo good
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I wish they still had the lyrics to songs on Pandora. Love this song.
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Heard this song playing Tales From the Borderlands and fell in love with it. It hits home!
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Luvvvv
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taraprivee
Thanks telltale for making this song awesome in tales from the borderlands.
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fudge yeah
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Another favorite, KISS THE SKY!
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omg I hate this page!!!!
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>>>>>>>>>>>> > > > > P e o p l e who go "OMG I LOVE THIS SONG" on the ARTIST PAGE. F**king morons.
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good sound
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this is the sound track to my dreams ... funkin' luv it
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Song is so underrated
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Funky
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Love love looove
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His voice reminds me of Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin
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I LOVE THIS SONG.
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Kiss the sky
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Nice
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your comments are funny...Than k you people of Pandora
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Wow I'm on board for ping pong, this is really outstanding. The music genome project is again spot on.
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Good real music
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chesaymax
Kiss the Sky is just the tune I needed today to carry me through my work day. A big fan of Shawn Lee!
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wow! what a nice suprise!
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My anthem!
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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.
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bizzybodies2 8
Well, this is fresh, what a great sound.
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aquafilter
I love Kiss the Sky!!
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NICE.
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I have no words
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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!
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I heard this song in the movies and thought that they picked a perfect song.
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I really enjoy this version
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Awesome stuff here
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Love kiss the sky
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snst96
Yo what was that all about, ping pong wars. Im sooo confused.
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amy.sirk
MY DOG BARKED!!!





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freaky deaky kickass tunage
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kiss the sky, that's whats up. Too late, to keep the world from dying.
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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
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b_arghest
this sounds like the into song to Borderlands 2 and Strike back the tv show.
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Could Shawn Lee and Clutchy Hopkins be the same person??? Only a true one man band would do a collaberatio n with themselves
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