Welcome to Balanceland
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.