Wed. Oct. 20, 2021

USG – NCameu (Body & Soul Vox) (Clairaudience)

Classics: USG – NCameu (Body & Soul Vox) (Clairaudience)

If ever there was one word to describe USG‘s approach, then the first coming to my mind would be… mental. With Ron Trent along with Anthony Nicholson pushing the deepness to the limit.

As a matter of fact, a brilliant illustration to this would appear back in 1997. This with the first release of NYC label Clairaudience. Therefore, I can’t even tell you how ‘NCameu’ thrilled me. From the progressive syncopation of its rhythm pattern. To its infectious bassline along with hypnotic synth lines. The whole serving as the ideal environment for D’Borah Rivers‘ outstanding performance. But also Peven Everett‘s stellar performance on flughelhorn appearing as the icing on the cake. With the latter somehow soçunding like Miles Davis there…

As a result, no wonder why François K, Danny Krivit and Joe Claussell turned ‘NCameu’ into a classic at Body & Soul. Meanwhile, this would become my favorite cut of the Miami Winter Music Conference at the time…

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The first mentions of USG bring us back to 1996. One as Urban Sound Gallery – ‘Day By Day’ – along with Andrew Pearce with production work courtesy of Kevin Saunderson. Although nothing could let clearly know Ron Trent no more than Anthony Nicholson have contributed in any way to it. And the other as John Redmond For USG with a cover version of Coldcut feat. Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘People Hold On’.

USG as Ron Trent and Anthony Nicholson most likely made some noise the year after. This with the release of the magnetic ‘NCameu’ featuring D’Borah Rivers and Peven Everett. And eventually premier during the Winter Music Conference that same year. Another year on and ‘Coconut Jam’ marked their debut for French label Distance. Soon after releasing what would be their one and ony album, ‘Color In Rhythm Stimulate Mind Freedom’. An effort which featured extra gems such as ‘Sunpower’ and ‘Afrodrama Therapy’.

1998 marked their return to Clairaudience. This with another timeless vault. In other words, ‘Ebony Angel: A ‘Tribute To Fela Kuti’ with Monica Elam in charge of the vocal duties. The threesome soon after comin’ up with an encore. But this time on Prescription Records with ‘Life For Living’. Meanwhile ‘Introduce My Love’ with Rodney Blaylock would be their last delivery for Clairaudience. USG makin’ their ultimate appearance as Ron Trent and Anthony Nicholson 3 years after. This with female singer Se’vere on ‘Have I Lost You’. Trent and Nicholson keepin’ distance from each other since then…

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