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Progression

by Munkie

Lush, downtempo electro-pop with intelligent lyrics. A real melting pot of ideas developed into an original sound.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. Collision (sunrise mix)
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2. Arbitary Love / Hate
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3. Shadows of Black
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4. Panic Attack
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5. Ghosts in the Machine
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6. Psycho Hoar
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7. Progression
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8. Bright rays of the Sun
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9. Dreams (are there)
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10. Going Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
MUNKIE have been nominated for the Just Plain Folks 2006 Electronic Album Award for the album "Progression" and for the song "Collision" from this album in the 2006 Song Awards. A promo video for this single has been recorded and will be shown on various cable and network shows in 2007.

http://www.jpfolks.com/MusicAwards/index.html

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The new album "Chemical Process" is now available on CD Baby
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/munkie2

The first single from the new album will be "Antidote to Strychnine" and this has been included into a downtempo compilation CD "ra'mien" released through Soundlab Entertainment and distributed through SoulSeduction. Please see www.soundlab.at for more details.

"Treehouse" directed by Nick Field has an original soundtrack composed by MUNKIE. This has been screened at various venues in the UK and will be shown in the USA soon.

MUNKIE have been featured on CODE:TV in LA with a competition giveaway.

MUNKIE merchandise is available on the Sunshine Music website - click on the SHOP logo in the menu system.

TRACK DESCRIPTIONS - PROGRESSION
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COLISSION
Think of watching the sun rise on a Mediterranean island with the feeling of happiness and joy. Using traditional percussive sounds, mixed with electro synths, an acoustic guitar and driving bass line. Written in a minor key at 140bpm. Contains some effected vocals but is mostly instrumental.

ARBITRARY LOVE HATE
The emotion in this song shows what it is like to be with someone who gives mixed emotional signals. Using ethnic instruments and an urban feel, this brings together various elements to create an original sound. A hip-hop drumbeat with a funk style acoustic guitar, using Indian percussion and electro style synths. Written in a minor key at 90bpm. Female lead vocals.

SHADOWS OF BLACK
People in power try to control the public by treating them like robots is the basis behind this song. Influenced by eighties electro / synth pop with a robotic voice. Written in a minor key at 140bpm.

PANIC ATTACK
This song captures the intense emotions experiences, the disorientation and total confusion you have during a panic attack. A Massive Attack style track with a melodic drum beat, driving bass, mixed with percussive sounds and synths. Written in a minor key at 90bpm. Has female lead vocals

GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE
If you push yourself to the limits of your bodies capabilities, either through using drugs, overworking, drinking or just staying up. The voices that you hear when no one has spoken and the things you see that are not there. A trip hop style track with a disjointed feel that changes and evolves. Written in a minor key at 90bpm. An instrumental track

PSYCHO HOAR
Have you ever known a girl that tells you completely different things each time you see her? This has a dark feel about it, to give the psychotic emotion in an electro-pop track. Using reverse and effected vocals to give an eerie feeling, with breakbeat style drums and a heavy bass. Uses synth sounds to add to the emotion. Written in a minor key at 90bpm. With Female lead vocals

PROGRESSION
The idea for this song is about how the world in general is moving too fast. That if it continues then something will have to give. The Human Race is facing its own extinction. We need to make changes, ditch the old methods and embrace the new. An industrial style breakbeat instrumental track at 90 BPM in a minor key.

BRIGHT RAYS OF THE SUN
Think of lying on a sun soaked beach with someone you love. Sipping cocktails whilst the sea laps on the shore. A reggae drum beat with a funk style bass, mixed with electro style synths, making an original, happy sound. Written in a minor key at 90bpm, with female vocals.

DREAMS (ARE THERE)
If you have ever stayed up all night talking to friends, drinking, smoking, etc. Then watched the sun come up, you will know about the strange feelings you get from the lack of sleep, how your brain plays tricks on you. The dreams that you have whilst still awake. An ambient triphop style track with a dark dub feel about it at 90 BPM in a minor key.

GOING HOME
If you have ever had to say goodbye to someone you really care about for any length of time, that is what this song is about. The feelings you have after saying goodbye, wondering when you will see them again. There is no feeling in the world like Going Home. A slow ambient lo-fi style track with acoustic instruments at 90 bpm in a minor key.

BIOGRAPHY
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MUNKIE is the brainchild of Jason Clark, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, composer and remixer. The music he creates is a sonic art-form containing elements of different genres, it creates visual images in the mind, stirs the emotions and contains intellectual lyrics. The best way to describe this truly original downtempo / electro style music is a long chilled drink that is made up of seventies funk, eighties electro / synth-pop, ska & punk ideals, psychedelic & new wave weirdness with world music to add the flavour. Jo Cowap from Zejo Music put it best with - "MUNKIE music is a fantastic blend of ambience and haunting vocals. It's the kind of album you would put on when you are chilling with a bottle of wine in a candlelit atmosphere, and hopefully someone to enjoy it with. Because you will want to spread the word once you've had the total chill out experience this music offers"

Born in Essex, grew up in Torbay, Devon but is now living in Leeds. "After moving around the country in the early part of my life I feel that this formed my writing style, with never having that sense of belonging. I have always looked on aspects of life from an outsiders point of view, being intrigued by people and personalities", this inquiring imagination can be heard on both his albums, with the second album "Chemical Process" exploring the darker reaches of the human mind. Most of his musical influences are from the 70s and early 80s ranging from David Bowie, The Specials, Joy Division, The Clash to Kraftwerk, RUN DMC and Depeche Mode, this is reflected in his unique music style.

With tracks from both albums currently receiving radio airplay and heavy promotion on the internet through ringtones & digital distribution, MUNKIE are looking to release their first official single "Antidote to Strychnine". This is to coincide with this track, from the new album "Chemical Process", being included into a compilation CD released through Soundlab Entertainment. Jason is now writing Film & TV music for music libraries and has been asked to score his first independent film. With Merchandise now available we hope to promote MUNKIE even further. Jason has some interest from distributors and publishers with the catalogue and hopes to secure a deal soon. Looking to the future MUNKIE are now putting together a unique live show, which will hopefully go "on the road" in the next few months.

Jason and Kate met at the Leeds College of Music where they were both studying, with Jason having an extensive background in music production and composition having been a semi-pro DJ for a while, playing guitar in an Indie Band and creating remixes. He won the Media Records back catalogue to remix in 1998, then created a remix of the BECK track "Mixed Bizness". Other remixes followed over the next couple of years (Fatboy Slim, Tweaker, Baldwin Brothers, Liberty X), then through advice given by a respected label boss decided to concentrate more on promoting my own music to become a name. "The best thing so-far was getting a centre page article in the Yorkshire Evening Post about my music and debut album printed in Jan 2004, they also included a colour photo of me."

After creating some early songs without "live" vocals, Kate being an accomplished vocalist, was brought in add extra edge to some tracks where needed. Through tireless promotion and hard work MUNKIE is now starting to get some recognition, to this end have been asked to supply promo videos to cable TV networks in the USA. Jason has a clearly defined vision with his music and wants to be seen as a composer, producer and remixer with a unique style that is easily recognised.

Jason says, "I love making music and enjoy all the creative aspects of music production. The reason is I enjoy the reaction from people when they listen to what I have created whether positive or negative. I like to think that somehow I can make a difference to someone's day."


Reviews


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PAUL

KOOL CD
You are stars hope you are getting paid---dave at mohican also sells your cd, do you know that.

Laura Sugden

Deep, ambient, flavourful, exactly as a good album should be
The mood is set from the opening bar of the first track to closing bars of the last. The music sets out to chill and that is exactly what it does. It's a bit everything but the girl/morcheeba esque, yet somehow deeper, as if the whole thing was written straight from the heart. Contemplative and ambient. First class.

Simon Greaves

Review of Progression
Thank you for your CD, I felt it was a great and very professional effort on your debut. There was a clear mood and ambiance to the album, finished off well with the slightly slower and softer pick me up songs towards the end (Bright Rays Of Sun, Dreams) that didnt detract from the overall deep feel. The songs hold good content and interest creating very visual short stories helped along by the choice of intruments, lyrics and tempo (portrade especially well in Progression with its certain level of mania).

Very Well Put Together. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this relaxed atmospheric mood setter.

Good luck with your future work.
Simon Greaves

Pete Tong (Radio One)

Outstanding Debut
Downtempo music with very well produced vocals, this is nice and relaxing in places without losing an ounce of funk. Good stuff.

Tom Kirk

It'll make you want to dance
In keeping with the warm, shimmering images blurred across its artwork, ‘Progression’ opens in a blissed-out, Mediterranean haze. ‘Collision’ is like a Balearic daybreak sucking up memories, an evocative fusion of lignified sighs, fibrous guitars, lolling synth-beams and sleepy vocals that smear themselves backways across it like putty. As a theme-setter, though, it’s deceptive. What closes itself around ‘Progression’s central visions is the sordid, squalid, ineludible suck of the inner city. And by the time we’re at the album’s heart, Clark’s dreams and delusions, far from gauzy tripping, seem more to be those of clubs, tower blocks, precincts and alleys; of steel bars and wire meshes; of backstreets and echoing urban places; and of the lives pounding through them and beating against them. What’s more, it’ll make you want to dance, he has a to-die-for instinct for the pictures, sounds and rhythms his senses make, and a natural talent, in his best tunes, for passing it on. And that, naïve or otherwise, is all a good dance artist (or fan) could need or wish for

Leigh Linley

they could be the soundtrack to your most debauched night out...
'Progression' has more good points than bad ones. 'Panic Attack', for example, is a charming little slice of Massive Attack-esque paranoia, rumbling bass and stuttering drums pounding away menacingly beneath a lovely female vocal. 'Psycho Hoar' carries on the the Portishead/Goldfrapp vein, we get some more atmospheric, layered, evilness - and wonderful it is too. If Munkie can pull all this off live, then they could be the soundtrack to your most debauched night out... and that's a good thing

Andy Garibaldi

this band should be enormous
Occasionally someone sends you a CD and you listen to it thinking "what on earth are they doing sending this to ME? This is far too good for the likes of me - this band should be enormous" - as you proceed to marvel at the sounds, the songs, the vocals, the construction - everything - and wonder how on earth an act like this aren't on everyone's lips. Essentially a set of songs done in a myriad of styles within a fundamentally ambient-house-dub framework, with a couple of instrumentals along the way, you are constantly left open-mouthed, track after track, at the sheer magic of the arrangements, not to mention the seriously blissful female vocals that pervade most of the songs on the album. The production is simply stunning as you listen to the beefy electronic and electro-percussive rhythms that form the backbone of most of the tracks, while on top there are string synths, synths, acoustic guitars, keyboards, samples and just an infinitely deep well of gloriously warm-sounding but incredibly strong ambient electronic heaven. Then, on the songs, you hear this wondrous, sultry, strong, flowing female vocal that positively soars through the lyrics, solo and multi-tracked to exquisite effect. Overall, so strong, so consistent and so addictive, you get the feeling that any of the vocal tracks given something akin to a steaming trance remix, could be just huge. As it is, possibly just too darned classy for its own good - I loved every minute - I don't think we could begin to do justice to it in terms of sales, but I hope someone does, because if deserves to be huge.

Rik Maclean

Intelligent Dreampop exploring many different directions.
Intelligent Dreampop exploring many different directions. "Progression" by Munkie is a strong example of the chill genre, a finely crafted blend of downtempo beats and deep atmospheres with lush pads and bright melodies. Occasional vocal tracks stand alongside intrumentals in a tasteful and appealing blend. Opening with "Collision (Sunrise Mix)", we're treated to an upbeat track filled with plucked guitar loops and uptempo percussion. A lovely start to the disc suggesting an optimism and positivity that will carry throughout. "Arbitrary Love/Hate" is a blast of psychedelia amid a constantly shifting backdrop of stop and go drum patterns and choked guitar. Quite engaging this one. "Shadows of Black" is a frantic bass heavy sweep through angular pads and treated vocals. Totally cyber, very Gibson-esque. Skip ahead to the claustrophobic tones that open "Ghosts in the Machine", where a dark and dreary intro gives way to a percussion heavy track with percolating melodies and rising sounds that ebb and flow throughout. A fine example of cleverly executed IDM. "Bright Rays of the Sun" uses a reggae flavor to propel the piece forward, a summertime love song filled with optimism and light. "Going Home" is a light groove piece with wahwah guitar and brushed drum beats that evoke a Hooverphonic type vibe. Very nice work, very chilled. Overall I think that "Progression" is a strong debut from a talented new performer. I trust that we'll be hearing more from them, and this is of course a good thing.

Gavin Miller

A very interesting and in parts exciting piece of music
I'm always suspicious of a CD when I see a quote from Pete Tong on the front cover, and there it is on the front of this Munkie album, 'Progression'. Thankfully though, it's not another crap dance compilation.

Basically a one man band, with that man being Jason Clark, the album is a mix of different styles and techniques, all loosely based around the down tempo electronica scene populated by bands like Air, Hybrid, Boards of Canada, etc. Indeed the press release makes sure that you know the name of the Scottish duo before anything else. However, where Boards of Canada make blissfully weird ambient soundscapes, Munkie is far more up-tempo, even bordering on pop in some parts. Not such a bad thing, but you get the idea that Munkie is trying to be something he isn't...

On tracks like 'Collision (Sunrise Mix)' and 'Shadows Of Black' Clark is at his peak. Mixing acoustic guitars with tripped out synth atmospherics and 808 programmed beats; it's an exciting mix of all things musical. Including guest vocalists on tracks like 'Arbitrary Love/ Hate' and 'Dreams (Are There)' it gives the record a more human feel, making the album seem less cold and calculated.

On a first listen, 'Progression' sounds more like Hybrid remixing the new Air album, but other, more varied influences manage to permeate through the endless use of atmospheric chords and dreamy synth sweeps on repeated listens. 'Bright Rays Of The Sun' is a reggae-ish number, complete with snatched guitar chords and booming beats, and 'Panic Attack' is a claustrophobic electro noodle, complete with breathy vocals from singer Kate Peters. The only real nod to Boards of Canada comes from track five's lethargic 'Ghosts In The Machine', a lazy, dreamy slice of trippy electro.

With the title track, and also the aforementioned 'Shadows of Black', Munkie manages to make another genre reference with the blistering none-more-weird beeps and blasts, an obvious hello to Warp records and their roster of fucked up cut and paste artists. Still making it sound somewhat listenable, it's an interesting two or so minutes.

It's a very interesting and in parts exciting piece of music that Clark has here. The only down side being that it's too long in places. Some songs could do with a healthy chop here and there, cutting them down to a more palatable size. That's not to say that all of his stuff has to be a radio friendly three minutes, but the tunes start to grate after the four minute mark, with no real change in them. Still, it's a promising debut, with some solid tunes and some good ideas. There's just no need to keep copying and pasting!

JAMES CLOSE (PANARTIST.COM)

exacting the primitive world of DJing down to a sonic science.
The funk-hop of 'Arbitrary Love/Hate' was only the tip of the Munkie's game. Juxtaposing every genre he can imagine, exacting the primitive world of DJing down to a sonic science. 'Bright rays of the Sun' matches reggae beats with a cheerful bubblegum melody. He goes slightly more solid on sampling and production--clean and immaculate.
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