Novabeats Sound System / Volume 1 is a release from some of Los Angeles' most experienced electronic artists and producers, who have formed an artists' collective to produce their own CDs, live shows and DJ gigs. Calling their sound 'new directions in beats, jazz and exotica', Novabeats Sound System drops some serious new beats come from legendary beatmaster John Lehmkuhl, the 'Skippy' behind the 'Skippy's Big Bad Beats' drum loop CD, used on countless music projects all over the world. New directions in jazz run throughout the record, most notably the Jaco-like track from MJ Project. And new directions in exotica come from Kathie Talbot's Latin fantasies and Cavestar's homage to Les Baxter, simply called 'Baxter'. Other new directions include the use of Koi Howard's flowing operatic vocals on 'En Priere', Constant Flux's unique approach to IDM, Mr. Soon's desert landscapes, Surface 10's downtempo abstractions and the work of The Mighty One that simply fits no category. The most radio-ready track on the CD is definitely Swirl's 'Together Forever', a fabulous vocal track featuring Lili Hadyn and Kevin Lincoln over the production work of The Mighty One.