Balam | 4 Floors Up

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4 Floors Up

by Balam

A journey through the land of instrumental groove. mixing acoustic & electronic jazz funk flavors with vocal treasures along the way to chill out your warm bits.
Genre: Jazz: Acid Jazz
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1. Morass
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2. T for Two
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4:00 album only
3. Will You Walk Away
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3:54 album only
4. Trip to Know Where
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4:13 album only
5. One Time for Your Mind
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3:48 album only
6. Twisted Aberration
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4:07 album only
7. Hobble
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4:53 album only
8. 4 Floors Up
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9. Moot
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10. Corner of 52nd
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11. You
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12. Common People
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13. My Momma Really Ain't Got None!
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
balam (aka) Fred is currently writing and touring with the UK based band, Acoustic Alchemy. His first involvement was on 'The Beautiful Game' album back in 2000, Co-writing tracks such as 'Hats of Magic' and 'The Last Flamenco'.
Then in 2001 he was extensively involved on the Grammy nominated album 'ART' receiving lots of radio play with the tunes such as 'Wish You Were Near' (radio single) and the 'The Velvet Swing'.
After spending lots of time touring/soaking the U.S, and the world.. he's now completed his own debut Album '4 Floors Up', under the production name of balam.

4 Floors up is a journey through style.. groove.. vocals.. Horns.. All tied together by stunning musical performances from the likes of Miles Gilderdale (Guitar), Greg Grainger (Drums), Julian Crampton (Bass), Suzanna Dee (vocals), Fred White (Keys/Horns), plus some more bad company behind the scenes. Produced by Fred White aka balam.
" Not only is it musically a delight.. but visually the album cuts.. with a keen eye for photography.. this guy knows his senses.. "


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TC

Exciting debut - catch the wave...
Balam was involved on the Grammy nominated album ‘ART’ in 2001 and is becoming known not only for his music but also for his keen eye with the camera, encompassing his travels/experience on the road as well as from his roots; providing photography for the album. You can feel balam’s enthusiasm, frustrations and happiness in putting his debut album together and it combines for an exciting listen for your ear, enjoyable from start to finish due to being well thought out and having selected good musicians to accompany the talent which is balam. Join in his travels and experiences. Catch the wave he makes on his innovative and creative journey. This is a CD for those who appreciate and feel the depth and creativity of music and how instruments can blend well together. Buy it now – you will enjoy!

You can read my full review on www.justsoul.net

Sandy Shore

SmoothLounge.com Review
Acoustic Alchemy fans know Fred White as the talented keyboardist who has played beautifully and effortlessly with the Grammy-Nominated UK ensemble for nine years and counting as well as co-writing some of the group’s tunes. But few know that the youngest member of the band has spent the past recent years composing and producing as his musical alter ego, Balam. The debut, 4 FLOORS UP, is a stunningly hip adventure that incorporates groove, vocals, horns as well as style and photography. Balam has created a lifestyle musical movement that takes a deep breath and exhales rhythm, mystery and beauty. 4 FLOORS UP is everything cool about Chill, Lounge, Electronica and Jazz. It’s exciting, adventurous and relaxing all at the same time. Balam has lift… 4 FLOORS UP is a cleverly planned collection of works including 13 intriguing tracks that blend deliciously into each other for the entire 50-minute excursion.

Chrisi

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What a fantastic album!!
I absolutely love the tracks!
Big compliment and thank you so much
for sharing "4 floors up" with us!!!

K


This album is on top, and now a favorite of mine! I listen, and it takes me exactly where I want to be. What an amazing talent and masterpiece! I recommend this album to anyone and everyone, it is GENIUS~ Thanks, my friend for sharing such an amazing talent!

Kim~

Maya


I who is Japanese recommend his music.
His album "4 floors up" is music with the hearing answer very much.
The width of music is wide. And, there is a volume, too.
I hope that they play an active part in the world more!!!!!

Maya


I who is Japanese recommend his music.
His album "4 floors up" is music with the hearing answer very much.
The width of music is wide. Of course, there is a volume, too.
I hope they take an active part in the world!!!!!

mswordswithmusic


Its sheer delight to listen to 4 floors up by Balam. The mood i felt was seductive and dreamy an impressive master piece with a mix of musicians all grooving together. If you enjoy music that touches the soul this is an album to be in your collection.

Paula65writer

An Emotional Journey
After listening to the CD, all I can say is WOW! Fred White, under the production name of balam has created an amazing debut CD. Where else can you get an eclectic blend of music genres that takes you on an emotional journey. Every tune is unique on its own and brings out its own mood that will delight the ears and the mind. Funk, pure jazz, smooth jazz and electronica are all part of the CD that will have you daydreaming, toe-tapping, and head-bopping. "Morass" is a funky groove that invites you to sit down and enjoy the rest of the journey. "T for Two" starts with a blend of the kalimba and electronic sounds which leads you into a nice head-bobbing groove. "Will You Walk Away" features the smooth-as-silk vocals of Suzanna Dee. "Trip to Know Where" is a smooth tune with an incredible horn sound which is then smoothed out even further by the groovy blend of keyboard and guitar, played by Miles Gilderdale. "One Time For Your Mind" is a groovy tune reminiscent of the '70s, blending well with light and airy sound effects. "Twisted Aberrations," is one of my absolute favorites on the CD. Pure electronica, it reminds me of the rave club scene with its fast-paced tempo. It's one of the most amazing arrangements on the CD. It must be mentioned that the bass is played by Julian Crampton who performed on M People's "Bizzare Fruit" CD. "Hobble" is also a favorite. Beautiful and emotionally haunting, it opens with a blend of melancholic chords from the piano and bass that has you daydreaming and pulls you in, turning into a soothing groove. The title track "4 Floors Up" is my other absolute favorite. If you're not up dancing around by the time this track is over, you need to get your head examined. This toe-tapping, head-bopping tune reminds me of house parties and The Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces," but with the unique sound of an incredible cast of contributing players on this song: Eddie M on saxophone, Miles Gilderdale on guitar, Julian Crampton on bass and Greg Grainger on drums. I also hear some nice congo drums in the mix that gives the song another layer of flavor. Moot and Corner of 52nd are another set of toe-tappers. Moot is the quieter of the two. Corner of 52nd has a strong horn sound and reminds me of grooves by Joe Sample. "You" is the sexiest track on the CD and features the vocals of Suzanna Dee, which can only be described as sexy and mysterious. "Common People" is the purest of the tracks in terms of jazz--truly a delight for your ears. "My Momma Ain't Got None!" is a fusion of rock and jazz with syncopated rhythms from Miles Gilderdale on guitar and Greg Grainger (WOW!) on drums. This is a MUST-BUY CD. When British pounds are converted to American dollars, you're getting an incredible debut CD for under $15. You owe it to yourself to purchase "4 Floors Up" at least one time for your mind.

Fer

a journey full of sounds
To listen balam's album is a delightful musical journey that you get lost in the sound and anything else matters at a moment. You got charmed with every melody, from the sweetest TRIP TO KNOW WHERE, so peaceful and relaxing to the song YOU so sexy or MORASS making you move following the music.
Each song makes you feel emotions that you want to feel again and not only for the music, in balam's album you can see wondeful photos taken from Fred White himself making it more personal.
4 floors up is a great album, awesome!!!!

Hilde

A personal (re)view
Kicking off his album with a deep funky tune ”Morass” Fred White alias balam promise loads for the rest of his solo album 4 Floors Up. And he is not disappointing for one second. His play with sounds in T For Two. The drama in Will you Walk Away witch btw contains great vocal (and so does YOU).
One Time For Your Mind – soo groovy. Twisted Aberration is well…twisted . The melancholy in Hobble. The contemporariness of MOOT and Corner of 52nd. Common People, in my openion closest to pure jazz with it’s slight retro feeling. My Momma Really Ain’t Got None – a tune for all of us who loves the fusion of jazz and rock and cool changes of rythm. The title track 4 Floor Up is the song that makes you smile, light and funky - Come on let’s dance!
Finally my personal favourite Trip To Know Where, a tune really showing balams greatness in both composing and sense of manifold. A song bringing tears to my eyes. In fact that is what’s characteristic for the whole album; it brings out feelings. The whole spectra. A wonderful journey among genres and recogniceable influences. An important album to own. Holding the album in my hands I can only say ”All I wanna do is sit down with you too balam”.
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