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UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLES
Inspiration & Light
Soma Records
 

Tracklisting

1. Inspiration and Light
2. Inspirational Breaks
3. Afro-Zen-Trick

4. Latin Stroll
5. Future Manifesto
6. Flyin' High
7. Ignite the Night
8. Don's Different Ducks
9. Voodoo Sun
10. Guyana



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The globally renowned universal principles are faith, hope and charity. Soma’s renowned Universal Principles are Stuart McMillan, Glenn Gibbons and Nick Peacock. Together they have crafted the shimmering debut album Inspiration & Light.

These three Glasgow godfathers of groove spent a year in their sound laboratory of soul, squeezing out funky rhythms and blasting the bass. Released last year in the UK, the album received critical acclaim with Roger Sanchez having already checked in for remix duty, Jazzanova insisted that a CD was burnt for them and DJ Sneak has described Inspiration & Light as, "the best album since 'Smokers Delight'". The album receives a long awaited US release date of September 25, 2001.

Universal Principles are three long-time friends. With their diverse backgrounds and musical history, Glenn is Principles’ own little black key manipulator, Stuart adds a cutting edge and DJ Nick Peacock, the granddaddy of grooves, unites the band with his unique jazz step. He's also got a fairly decent record collection. Together they form a kooky collective born out of extremist behaviour, bonkers banter and an unfulfilled drive for self-destruction. It's a combination that inexplicably generates slabs of solar powered soul.

Soma Records are the obvious connection. It's the family tree for these three disparate triplets separated at birth. As well as releasing material under a variety of pseudonyms, Stuart (Slam, Pressure Funk, Counterplan) and Glenn (Rejuvination, Equus) are two of the labels founding members and Nick recorded as Eastmen on Soma in 1994.

The other connecting thread is Glasgow's vibrant clubs. Picture the scene: The Sub Club, 1985. Nick Peacock, the resident DJ is playing everything from disco and jazz to reggae punks The Clash. Stuart McMillan is a regular and is turned on to real black music. "Nick was playing the same records as The Paradise Garage's Larry Levan," he remembers, "Well that's what he says anyway!"

Nick’s Sub Club residency and passion for the music inspired a generation of Glasgow producers and DJs. Arguably, he was the catalyst in the development of the house and techno scene in Scotland's biggest city. Not content with just this, he's also a champion slalom skier and currently a lecturer of photography at Clydebank College.

Universal Principles was born at a post Slam at the Arches after show party when the troublesome trio rose to Derrick Carter's challenge to do something in the studio together. Several months later Soma released the debut single "Inspiration and Light", which received critical acclaim from DJs including Roger Sanchez, Ashley Beedle and Gilles Peterson.

Since their debut single in July 1998 they have been stirring their varied influences into a musical melting pot creating an accomplished atmospheric album of maturity and sophistication. They each bring their own special ingredients to the recipe from funk, jazz, hip-hop, house and techno. But no matter what the reference points are, they have sculpted their own sound - an aural feast.

Not content to solely utilize technology in the creation of this album, the live element is also paramount to the Universal Principles sound. Stuart displays his skills on guitar, keys and zither while Glenn plays bass, keys and percussion. Universal Principles have also drafted in some of the most talented young musicians currently making an impact in Glasgow's thriving live jazz scene.

The album begins with a deeper version of "Inspiration & Light" which prepares and acquaints us with a luscious pilgrimage of organic funk and soul. The sparkling "Latin Stroll" and the sensual ambience of "Voodoo Sun" perpetuate the resonance that the album generates. Whereas, the dirty house rhythms of "Flyin’ High" emphasize the rawness of the music and was deservedly the first single release taken from the album with a very special remix from Roger Sanchez. The album’s second single enlists the remix services of Soma labelmates Silicone Soul, resulting in two mixes of dancefloor magic on "Latin Stroll".

The boys may have risen to a drunken challenge but the future holds no bounds as Glenn and Nick are already working on their live show while Stuart tours to support the current Slam release, Alien Radio.

Release Date: September 25, 2001.

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For more information on Universal Principles, Inspiration & Light and Soma Quality Recordings, please contact Lynn Hasty at Green Galactic on 323-466-5141 or lynn@greengalactic.com.

 


 




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