How was 2019 for you? Ursula 1000 (a.k.a Alex Gimeno): Amazing! I hit my 20-year mark since my debut and released my new album, Esoterique, which encapsulated all my influences up to now. I couldn’t be happier how it came out!
Highlights? Esoterique hitting the number one spot on college and indie radio charts and opening [my music up] to [a] whole new batch of younger ears.
Still unhappy about the political climate we’re all in. Hoping for a change for the better.
Song of the year?
I’m gonna cheat and say a box set, and that would be Prince’s 1999: Super Deluxe Edition with all these amazing vault tracks!
What’s your New Year’s resolution?
Keep on keeping on. I have a video coming out featuring the track I did with Fred Schneider of The B-52s that should be a total hoot! And some fun remixes off of Esoterique.
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After releasing five acclaimed Ursula 1000 albums on Thievery Corporation’s Eighteen Street Lounge, which is now defunct, Brooklyn DJ/producer/musician Alex Gimeno returns with his creative guns blazing on Voyeur, a majestic and highly eclectic full-length out next month on his Insect Queen Music label.
Voyeur features party-perfect collaborations with iconic Big Apple drag star Lady Bunny, former ESL label mate Federico Aubele and bass luminary Adam Dorn (a.k.a. Mocean Worker). There’s also fantastic contributions from QDUP, Puddles Pity Party and The Lovers Key.
We’re thrilled to world premiere the funky jam “Clap Your Hands” from Voyeur, a floor rocker which navigates along the same kitschy, groove-heavy waters pioneered by Deee-Lite, Fatboy Slim and Pizzicato Five.
“With ‘Clap Your Hands’ I was definitely channeling some of that classic big-beat breaks era—total call and response groovy party track. It’s probably the most quintessential Ursula-sounding song on Voyeur,” Gimeno tells us.
Have a first listen below and keep your eyes peeled for an accompanying video directed by B.A. Miale.
“She does these crazy, trippy, playful live visuals via a keytar (!) for the likes of John Spencer Blues Explosion and Dick Dale,” says Gimeno. “She’s the perfect person to capture this wacky kaleidoscopic kiddie world.”
Catch Alex Gimeno at Union Pool in Brooklyn on October 15. Ursula 1000’s Voyeur is out October 30.