Another Revolution - As One (Stacey Pullen Remix, Stacey Pullen remix)
Contact - Dark Leaf
White Folding Slowly - Nobody (previously unreleased)
Felicidad Nova - John Beltran
Bongo Jam - Jack Costanzo
Truth, Pt. 2, The - Beatless (King Britts Scuba Remix, King Britts Scuba remix)
If It Ain't Broke - As One
Liquid Letter - Stacey Pullen (previously unreleased)
Calypso Blues - Jack Costanzo
Gazebo - Johnny Frigo
Performers include: P'taah, Nobody, Kirk Degiorgio, Beatless, Stacey Pullen, Interfearance, Zero Db, Dark Leaf, Jack Costanzo, Johnny Frigo, John Beltran, Cuica.
Personnel: John Beltran (vocals, programming); Mixmaster Wolf (vocals, scratches); Quino, Terrance Downs (vocals); Mario Infanti (guitar); Bob Campbell (baritone saxophone); Gilbert Castellanos (trumpet); Ray Brown (trombone); Kirk Degiorgio (Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP synthesizer); Neil Bogart (snare drum, percussion); Jack Costanzo (congas, bongos); Mirza Al Sharif (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Chris Brann.
Audio Remixers: King Britt; Stacey Pullen; Zero dB.
Recording information: Dowtown Rehersal, LA.
Photographer: John Harrington.
Arrangers: Chris Brann; Stacey Pullen.
As the 100th issuance from the fashionably eclectic Ubiquity label, No Categories, Vol. 5 is a suitably celebratory record -- almost all of the cuts offered here are furtively upbeat affairs, relying on the favored strains of Latin breakbeats, house thumps, jazz flourishes, and electro twiddlings for momentum and sustenance. When the formula works, it's because someone has augmented those ingredients with honest-to-goodness craftsmanship; P'taah's joyous opener "Hold You Close," Zero dB's devastatingly effective remix of Interfearence's "Xtradition," and Johnny Frigo's too-short "Gazebo" all resonate strongly. Unfortunately, there are too many instances when those elements fail to coalesce into anything more than a meandering patchwork of too-long drum loops and dull (albeit fashion-conscious) instrumentation. As a result, No Categories, Vol. 5 comes off somewhat antithetical to the creative, bustling music it frequently mines for inspiration. It also proves quite conclusively that mix-by-numbers genre cross-pollination is no substitute for simple human ingenuity. ~ Mark Pytlik