- Release Date 2007-04-23
- Label A Touch Of Class (USA)
- Catalog ATOC9003
Known for their 2001 chart topper “Flawless” reaching #7 on the official Top Ten U.K. Singles chart and re-surfacing again in 2004 in the Top Ten U.K. Singles chart through George Michael’s Patience album, this somewhat androgynous trio have stepped out of the shadows of their biased “Flawless” image as they stay true to their underground NYC roots, digging into and mixing up the various sub- and countercultures of the big city life they’re so familiar with. They draw upon various musical styles, from disco and house to breakbeat and rock, juxtaposing classic sounds and fashion alongside the avant-garde and not-yet-foreseen with attentive care and expertise.
Kicking it off with “NYC Jungle” a downtempo urban affair, The Ones present themselves as a modern day Grace Jones in the industrial landscape. Drawing upon various musical influences from past and present, the uncompromising “Ultramodern” shows a hard-edged face of The Ones laying uptown boogie rap on top of gritty grime-core before diving into a vintage NYC-electro style chorus. While “Ultramodern” gives props to old school hip-hop, “I Feel Upside Down” finds it’s influences in 80s post-punk and rock incorporating political undertones. “Hello” incorporates Prince-esque funk and “Picture Perfect” and “Blast” have Kraftwerk-yet-contemporary electro outfits. And if that were not diverse enough, with “When We Get Together” they get well into deep house and finish up with disco ball reflections in “Thinking Of You”.