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Welcome To Balanceland

by Balanceman

The perfect soundtrack for mushroom tea parties. You'll be dancing in your seat.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Please Refuse The Ham Sandwich
4:14 album only
2. Insertion Time
1:59 album only
3. Some Dinner Music
3:23 album only
4. Stick To The Plan
4:01 album only
5. Remote Host
3:16 album only
6. 1971
1:31 album only
7. Charanga
3:44 album only
8. Venus Spy Trap
4:23 album only
9. Robot Wife
3:30 album only
10. NVN Inc.
1:01 album only
11. Nature Boy
4:13 album only
12. Keep it Steady
1:56 album only
13. Zones And Areas
5:00 album only


Album Notes
This is the second solo album from Oakland, California's J.Goody, and the premiere release from his new label, NutMeats Recordings.

Following an acclaimed CD release (Well Balanced Meal) on Deluxe Records in 1999, Balanceman went on to form the laptop performance crew Cat Five. 2001 brought the debut Cat Five Record (Kataphonics) on Hip Hop Slam Records. After watching the group take 2002's Best Of The Bay award for 'Best Electronic Band', Balanceman decided to retreat from the performance arena to complete more detailed solo material.

Welcome To Balanceland is the result of nearly two years' of studio work and a fateful road trip to Las Vegas. Two hundred dollars in casino winnings was split between fireworks and easy listening box sets. The records were dissected into the choicest bits of audio. The fireworks burned a hole through a favorite hooded sweatshirt.

Landing somewhere between exotica, indie rock and instrumental hip hop, Welcome To Balanceland is truly in it's own place. Big city swinger sophistication meets country bumpkin simplicity. This disc aims to provide an outlet from modern day stresses. Sample loops, bits and breakbeats lay the foundation for trumpet, organ, guitar and glockenspeil layers. These elements combine to release pure serotonin into the listener's system.

Additional musicians who helped craft the Balanceland sound:
Chandra Shukla (Psychic TV), Mikel Garmendia (Winfred E. Eye) and
Tim Brown (Lunchbox) contributed guitar parts.
Alex Kort (Subtle) performed pizzicato cello.
Ryan Drury (Cat Five) utilized the Technics 1200 turntable to great effect.

Balanceman's unique vocal stylings are showcased on three tracks (2, 5, 9), lyrically embracing robotic sexual innuendo and the longing for "more input". The delivery conjures images of a lounge act starring Johnny Number Five.



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Max Head Drone

Having listened to Well Balanced Meal repeatedly a few summers ago, I was excited to have some new Balance material. And once again he does not disappoint. I would say the only difference is that the overall sound is not as dark or effected as the first CD (with maybe the exception of 1971 and NVN,Inc.)That said, this is a great set of tracks with a very cinematic feel, sometimes grand and sometimes groovin'. Great sample break-downs, hauntingly catchy robo-vocalz (Remote Host,Robot Wife), smooth transitions in the middle of tracks to other tempos or 2nd melodies(Stick to the Plan,Charanga)and some straight-up, Mr.Scruff type get-up-to-get-down tracks to keep the house shakin(Ham Sandwich,Venus Spy Trap) -- >> Well werth every penny. -[MAX]-

Matsumurashita Takaiyogashoki

Very well appreciated sounds happen in a balanceman to me directional flow.
This latest effort from balanceman rivals, if not eclipses his previous well balanced effort. I can't seem to stop the listening. Even when I'm in more of a hall & oats or dionne warwick kind of mood, the cd follows me arround begging for more ear time. Like a junky, I always seem to give in.
Recently, the cd has taken up residence in my car stereo and won't leave. That was weeks ago! I fear I become a balance-slave. The young son now becomes disturbed as well, as he has loaded my copy onto his i-pod.
Get ahold of this album, especially if you're a sound nerd like this balance-guy no doubt is.

Tweak tech

Excellent new sound with many different layers of enjoyment
Good mix of sound that allows you think,create,and process
images of wonderful balanced illusion. ??????????????
Hold on- wait a minute - to be on the level it's the best group of tracks I have encountered in a long time. I suggest getting balanced with this Man
Let beat go on
tweak tech


Mindblowingly original,a tour de force!
I was first intigued by the cover art, seeming like a strange cross between beetlejuice and the teletubbies, which drew me in. Once I popped the CD in my system and laid back, I was in for a pleasant journey of genre bending electronica, instumental hip-hop and electro lounge. It sounds at once exotic and familiar, smooth downtempo with an irresistable dance groove, well crafted from start to finish. Every track shines with its own unique character, and makes a cohesive album that takes you on a journey. Well Balanced Meal proves that Oakland based producer Jeremy Goody is at the forefront of a new sound not yet defined, but sure to keep you bobbing your head and reaching for the rewind button. A must have for any discriminating collector!