This Week’s Best Single: NOMO & Shawn Lee’s Upside Down

NOMO & Shawn Lee: Upside Down tour seven-inch (Ubiquity, 1/18/11)

Instrumental collective NOMO combines funk, Afrobeat, electronica, jazz, and more for a unique fusion of good-time jams.  Unclassifiable producer/multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee, a label-mate on Ubiquity, has tackled dozens (perhaps hundreds?) of styles over his dynamic career.

Together, the two sides have collaborated to create “Upside Down,” the A-side of a tour-exclusive seven-inch that NOMO officially released today.  Featuring guest vocals by Natalie Bergman, the sister of NOMO bandleader Elliot Bergman, the tune builds its groove with loops of an electric kalimba, a funky bass line, steel drums, and a flanged synthesizer.

The seven-inch is limited to 300 copies, and it also features NOMO’s “Nocturne” on side B.  It originally was available on the band’s fall tour with Iron and Wine; it’s now available at and through iTunes.

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