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"Five Worldwide (FNOM Recordings)"


Tiptoeing along with cinematic flourish and blunted swagger, Al Valient's debut EP is smart, subtle, and shifty. A native of El Salvador, Valient is something of a nomadic producer who's worked in Germany and Central America but currently calls Miami home. For the past couple of years, he's been a fixture of Internet radio stations the Womb and the Crib, where his mixing skills were flaunted online way before they were on wax. Five Worldwide is his official coming-out on local label FNOM.

The album's five tracks span a range of styles, showing Valient's versatility behind the MPC 2000, the digital sampler/sequencer that's his sole music-making machine. Low-key instrumentals like "Most They Fall" and "Driven" pulse with looming drama, sonic snapshots that yield overall sensations of color and vibe and more than head-noddable hooks. Dutch MC Pete Philly weighs in with infectious bombast on "Put My Shhh..." in Five's most bump-friendly track, his accented rasp falling somewhere between Method Man and Lyrics Born. The other vocal track, "Sounds n' Stylz," is a midtempo battle number skipping on a funky guitar line and crackling break. The album's bonus track (I guess Six Worldwide didn't sound right) is also a highlight, a pass-the-mic session done over elegant piano samples, recorded live in a Hamburg studio. If there's a language barrier here, it's trampled by a bevy of witty MCs that come out swinging in English and Spanish, the perfect mirror to Valient's own international ethos.

http://music.newtimesbpb.com/Issues/2005-07-28/music/subtropical.html - by Jonathan Zwickel - New Times


"Five WorldWide"


(FNOM) Hurricanes aren’t the only thing blowing through south Florida these days. Al Valient’s new EP, “Five WorldWide”, is a storm in the making. The MPC 2000 phenom does it all. While capturing classic hip-hop samples with precision timing, he creates beats and breaks that work perfectly for any “session!” Featuring Indio (Hamburg), Pete Philly (Amsterdam) and Valient himself, it’s a true international affair. JMD
(3/5)
- URB Vol. 16 No. 133, Jan/Feb 06


"Valient Effort"

Artist: Al Valient
Album: Five WorldWide EP (FNOM Recordings)

Known for his weekly appearance on the local internet broadcast Krib TV (FNOM Worldwide), Miami’s Al Valient, aka DJ Vee, is a veteran on the turntables. He gains inspiration from rock, hip-hop and downtempo music, to create a world of his own.

Whether you like rhyming or instrumentals, his new EP, Five WorldWide, delivers. Tracks like “Driven” are laid back and encompass a “lounge vibe.” Others, like “Put My Shh…,” are more upbeat with a funk vibe.

Valient showed true wizardry by creating and mastering the EP on the Akai MPC 2000 sound station. The classic machine has been used by hip-hop and other genres of producers for years. Valient brings to the technology a little modern ingenuity and a vast collection of vinyl.

Five WorldWide features lyrical appearances by international emcees Pete Philly of Amsterdam and Indio of Germany. Valient Makes everal appearances rhyming on the album as well.

Al Valient drops cuts on Krib TV Saturdays at 7 p.m. For more information on Al Valient and other FNOM Recordings artists, visit www.FNOMrecordings.com

- by Jarrod Miller-Dean - The Sunpost, Vol. XX No. 49


Discography

2005

Al Valient – “Five WorldWide” EP - FNOM Recordings

BBC (U.K) – Guiles Peterson’s Worldwide Show:
“Put My Shhh” - Al Valient ft. Pete Philly

90.5 WVUM (Miami, FL) – Hip Hop Shop:
“Sounds n’ Stylz” - Al Valient ft. Indio
“Put My Shhh” - Al Valient ft. Pete Philly

www.thewomb.com – Global Internet Broadcaster:
“Sounds n’ Stylz” - Al Valient ft. Indio

www.Krib.tv - Global Internet Broadcaster:
Al Valient – “Five WorldWide” EP

Mixtape.com Hip Hop Comiplation Vol. 2
“Sounds n’ Stylz” - Al Valient ft. Indio

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Bio

AL VALIENT, recognized for his signature choppy MPC 2000 production style, has recently released his premier EP
“Five WorldWide” through independent music production company "FNOM Recordings". The 5-song debut EP has been blessed on the BBC and is currently infecting college radio stations.

The EP is titled Five WorldWide as the album was conceptualized in Central America, VALIENT’s birth place, recorded in Europe, and pressed in the U.S. International artists like Pete Philly, from Amsterdam and Indio (Ger.) met up with VALIENT at Twenty-4-Seven Studios in Hamburg to lace the tracks. All mixing was done by German gold record producer Mark Wichman AKA Sleepwalker. The entire EP was created on an MPC 2000.

AL VALIENT is also a prominent DJ on www.KRIB.TV, a global internet broadcaster that reaches over 120 different countries, with a monthly audience of over half a million (*verified by BellSouth). The particular program, that Al co-hosts, has touted heavyweight recording artists such as Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Jeru the Damaja and many more.

VALIENT has DJ’d a number of venues throughout the US and Central America, and has appeared on the same bill as major label artists like Don Yute (Capital Recordings) and the Grammy Award-winning Digable Planets. His live sets include a performance of current releases, creative impromptu MPC beats and turntablism skills geared to move the crowd.