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Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF | AFM

Los Angeles, CA | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 2012
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"EXCLUSIVE B-SIDE // UNA // WE ARE THE LONELY (CHARLES WEBSTER REMIX)"

UNA is Jennifer Nice (vocals), Richard Larsen (producer), and DJ Eddie B (turntables). One night the LA band met Charles Webster when they went to see him spin at Los Globos in Silver Lake and that fateful meeting led to this remix happening. One of four remixes, in fact. Which are all available exclusively on vinyl. But for you guys we have an exclusive listen to our favorite b-side. - The Work Magazine (theworkmag.com)


"EXCLUSIVE B-SIDE // UNA // WE ARE THE LONELY (CHARLES WEBSTER REMIX)"

UNA is Jennifer Nice (vocals), Richard Larsen (producer), and DJ Eddie B (turntables). One night the LA band met Charles Webster when they went to see him spin at Los Globos in Silver Lake and that fateful meeting led to this remix happening. One of four remixes, in fact. Which are all available exclusively on vinyl. But for you guys we have an exclusive listen to our favorite b-side. - The Work Magazine (theworkmag.com)


"UNA to Release The Laughing Man Remix LP JULY 2 2013"

LA-based trio UNA composed of Jennifer Nice (voice), Richard Larsen (keys), and Eddie Barajas (turntables) are back with their Laughing Man Remix LP. With an eclectic mix of sounds, bits of jazz, funk, soul, electronic, downtempo, and turntables paired with hypnotically sensual vocals makes The Laughing Man an album full of enjoyable tracks that give the feeling of going on gritty espionage missions and chilled nights at a hip lounge. Combined, the trio make an album that will have your emotions and thoughts ranging.

UNA's first release went to #1 on various charts (MediaGuide, ASCAP, self release artists charts) and The Laughing Man may bring them back to the top of the charts. The album will be up for public listening soon. - crustnation


"VIBE Premiere: UNA 'The Myth' (DJ Cam)"

VIBE premieres the bass-heavy beats of hip-hop electro group UNA, with a DJ Cam remix of their soul-filled single, "The Myth." The sweet sorrow of the joint spills out from UNA songstress, Jennifer Nice’s vocals, accompanied by groovy down-tempo melodies. - See more at: http://www.vibe.com/article/vibe-premiere-una-myth-dj-cam-remix#sthash.95vNi12z.dpuf - Vibe.com


"VIBE Premiere: UNA 'The Myth' (DJ Cam)"

VIBE premieres the bass-heavy beats of hip-hop electro group UNA, with a DJ Cam remix of their soul-filled single, "The Myth." The sweet sorrow of the joint spills out from UNA songstress, Jennifer Nice’s vocals, accompanied by groovy down-tempo melodies. - See more at: http://www.vibe.com/article/vibe-premiere-una-myth-dj-cam-remix#sthash.95vNi12z.dpuf - Vibe.com


"The Astronomer-Remixed by John Tejada, a top download of the day"

Several months after the release of its Laughing Man EP in March, Los Angeles trio Una has assembled a collection of remixes of those tracks from 14 different artists. Warp veteran Nightmares on Wax, Street Jazz label boss DJ Cam, and Kompakt regular John Tejada all contributed to the digital package which drops on July 2 via Cool Jewel (the vinyl version features a slightly different tracklist and is available now). Featured here, Tejada's remix of "The Astronomer" transforms the jazzy, downtempo original production into an astral cut of future garage complete with a skittering beats, airy pads, and swells of low end buoying the obligatory pitched-down vocal sample. - XLR8R.com


"ARTIST VS ARTIST: UNA VS JEREMY SOLE INTERVIEW"

KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole and Los Angeles’ UNA linked up recently on an ‘Artist vs Artist’ interview session, and URB Magazine was there to document the affair. Aside from discussing healing sound baths, trendy genres, and finding balance amongst it all, we got a chance to get some insight on what happens when you let a group of artists chat, commensurate, and chill…
- Urb.com


"REVIEW-THE LAUGHING MAN"

I’m sitting here previewing the latest from UNA and wow…just WOW. This 5 song EP, The Laughing Man is absolutely… incredibly…freakin’ amazing! The trio are Richard Larsen (keys), Jennifer Nice (voice), Eddie Barajas (turntables).

This is my first time hearing the band and their unique sound really can’t be compared to anything else out there right now. An eclectic mix of sounds…bits of jazz, funk, soul, electronica, downtempo, and turntables paired with hypnotically sensual vocals…makes this is an instant favorite. I also REALLY LOVE the storytelling in the lyrics. So, yeah…there isn’t really a genre that you can categorize them in. Although, I do think they reflect elements of my longtime favorites, Massive Attack and Portishead. So if you like them, you’ll love UNA. - A Million Watts of Sound


"REVIEW-THE LAUGHING MAN"

I’m sitting here previewing the latest from UNA and wow…just WOW. This 5 song EP, The Laughing Man is absolutely… incredibly…freakin’ amazing! The trio are Richard Larsen (keys), Jennifer Nice (voice), Eddie Barajas (turntables).

This is my first time hearing the band and their unique sound really can’t be compared to anything else out there right now. An eclectic mix of sounds…bits of jazz, funk, soul, electronica, downtempo, and turntables paired with hypnotically sensual vocals…makes this is an instant favorite. I also REALLY LOVE the storytelling in the lyrics. So, yeah…there isn’t really a genre that you can categorize them in. Although, I do think they reflect elements of my longtime favorites, Massive Attack and Portishead. So if you like them, you’ll love UNA. - A Million Watts of Sound


"SoundCloud Review"

The Music of Una is more than the average mundane story telling / music compositional mesh. If you want to know what James Bond would sound like in a musical notation sense, with some added flair, then take a listen.

UNA is a LA-based trio that summons the midnight chill-out dirge of Portishead with the spice of Latin jazz-fusion which form a unique concoction of music greatness.

The tri-unit of Una consists of the sultry soulful singer, Jennifer Nice; The gifted writer and producer Richard Larsen, and the international DJ, Eddie Barajas. Combined, these three incorporate a wide array of lush instrumentals, lounge music, fusion pop and movie-like sound treatments, that take you on a exciting musical roller-coaster ride. Most of the EP has an “operausque” flow with precisely planted sound and instrumentation and at other times, the electronic pop/jazz fusion side shines through vigorously. The Laughing Man demands your attention and holds it quite well. The production is darn near flawless as well as, Jennifer's voice really shines as her vocal range seems to have no limits. - 6th Trumpet


"Mediaguide Top Debut for an Unsigned Band."

UNA's LP one is the Mediaguide Top Debut for an Unsigned Band.
For the week ending Friday September 14th, 2007 (Top 3 chart positions exclusively published in the weekly A&R Worldwide newsletter):



Mediaguide’s proprietary digital fingerprinting technology electronically monitors close to 2,500 radio stations across the United States 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is the first and only company to electronically monitor both the earliest supporters of self–released/DIY bands, college and non–commercial radio stations as well as commercial radio stations.

Based in Berwyn, PA, Mediaguide is a joint venture of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and ConneXus Corporation.

- MEDIAGUIDE


"PROPERLY CHILLED REVIEW"

http://www.properlychilled.com/music/release/profile.php?view=473

Jennifer Cook's soft vocals dominate all five of the songs. She is both sensual and yearning, creating a sophisticated lounge feeling with touches of torch and exotica. The songs are melodic, minor-key musings that can haunt you after a few listenings. They sneak up on you, beginning with quiet electronic effects.

"Jonah" is where you'll hear the acoustic indie sound, "Fading in C# Minor" has a triphop flavor, "Blue Dress" makes nice and uncharacteristically strong use of Latin strings and percussion, "Angels At My Door" revisits the triphop sound, and "Hate" has over a minute of ambient, gurgling nature and psychedelia before Cook's voice begins and the song evolves into a lounge/exotica inspired sound.

My only complaint is the EP length. At about half an hour, just like the rain, it is over and gone before you want it to be.

~ Dave Howell - Properly Chilled-Review by Dave Howell


"TRENDCENTRAL . COM"

“We’re excited for the forthcoming LP from this eclectic, multi-instrumental SoCal-based trio that likens their distinct sound to "an experiment in Latin, blues, trip-hop and soul." Tracks from their EP, "The Rain is Over and Gone", have been heavily playing on tastemaking radio station KCRW this past year, with the haunting melody "Fading in C# Minor" raising Una awareness substantially. As such, they've been ranked #1 in the electronic music category on the fan-driven music site OurStage for several consecutive weeks. Their debut LP, one, drops next month and we expect that, once again, their fans will continue to drive them towards stardom. –www.Trendcentral.com - TrendCentral.com


"TORONTO STAR'S- The Anti-Hit List Podcast for August 11, 2007 featured “Fading in C# Minor”"

The Anti-Hit List Podcast for August 11, 2007 featured “Fading in C# Minor”
John Sakamoto
TORONTO STAR
The lineup of this moody-sounding L.A. trio – vocals, keyboards, turntables – hints at its sound, which could be characterized as rhythmic trip-hop. A long-time favourite of influential radio station KCRW (home of the show Morning Becomes Eclectic), it builds on the work of bands such as Portishead and Morcheeba. Like those stylistic antecedents, it goes about its business with admirable restraint. (From One, myspace.com/unamusic)
WWW.THESTAR.COM/ARTICLE/244794

- John Sakamoto-TORONTO STAR


"KCRW TOP TUNE OF THE DAY"


Fading in C# Minor-KCRW TOP TUNE OF THE DAY
http://odeo.com/channel/98170/view/3 - KCRW FM Los Angeles


"FLAVORPILL"

“Riding the recent wave of cheer surrounding their airwave friendly release "Fading in C# Minor," indie radio darlings UNA impress with their airy brand of profound and nevertheless catchy pop, haunting downtempo grooves, and chic, soulful vibe.” (AM) -Flavorpill.com

- Flavorpill.com by AM


"A MAP OF RADIO STATIONS THAT SUPPORT UNA"

A map of radio stations that support UNA:
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"Music Connection Magazine"

Una-The Mint-Los Angeles- Review by Bernard BaurMaterial: They call their music a form of down-tempo electronica or "an experiment in blues, trip-hop and soul." But it's the word experiment that truly captures its essence, because Una actually present a sound unlike anything you've heard before. It's sort of like Amy Winehouse when she's tripped out even more than usual. Listening to Una is a lot like watching a foreign film without subtitles. You may not entirely understand it, but it's a way cool experience. In fact, these artists are so far out that their material could probably change a person's chemical balance. Musicianship: This act's musicianship is as exquisite as it is weird. With its Euro class-trash zest, their sound is almost a living entity whose mission is to envelop the audience in musical bondage. Larsen is the most traditional player, but even he gets wiggy with dissonance and syncopated rhythms. Barajas' deft touch shapes a clever soundscape that's a torrent of musical wonder. Cook places her vocals into this witch's brew delicately, yet forcefully, resulting in a spectacular fusion that's more than alittle mind-boggling. Performance: Una's performance was very much like a cabaret act. Dressed in an evening gown, Cook dominated the stage like a modern day Sally Bowles. Arched over his turntables, Barajas worked his magic while Larsen exuded a mysterious, Bukowski-like quality. As Cook sauntered between them, she mesmerized the audience and took everyone on a journey down the rabbit hole. Summary: Una may be missing their calling. They could create a great theme song for the next James Bond flick, or David Lynch production, without breaking a sweat. Eccentric, to say the least, their music is decadently glorious. So much so, that its artistic elegance could convince even the most hardboiled cynic that there is indeed music worth listening to today. - Music Review by Bernard Baur


"Music Connection Magazine"

Una-The Mint-Los Angeles- Review by Bernard BaurMaterial: They call their music a form of down-tempo electronica or "an experiment in blues, trip-hop and soul." But it's the word experiment that truly captures its essence, because Una actually present a sound unlike anything you've heard before. It's sort of like Amy Winehouse when she's tripped out even more than usual. Listening to Una is a lot like watching a foreign film without subtitles. You may not entirely understand it, but it's a way cool experience. In fact, these artists are so far out that their material could probably change a person's chemical balance. Musicianship: This act's musicianship is as exquisite as it is weird. With its Euro class-trash zest, their sound is almost a living entity whose mission is to envelop the audience in musical bondage. Larsen is the most traditional player, but even he gets wiggy with dissonance and syncopated rhythms. Barajas' deft touch shapes a clever soundscape that's a torrent of musical wonder. Cook places her vocals into this witch's brew delicately, yet forcefully, resulting in a spectacular fusion that's more than alittle mind-boggling. Performance: Una's performance was very much like a cabaret act. Dressed in an evening gown, Cook dominated the stage like a modern day Sally Bowles. Arched over his turntables, Barajas worked his magic while Larsen exuded a mysterious, Bukowski-like quality. As Cook sauntered between them, she mesmerized the audience and took everyone on a journey down the rabbit hole. Summary: Una may be missing their calling. They could create a great theme song for the next James Bond flick, or David Lynch production, without breaking a sweat. Eccentric, to say the least, their music is decadently glorious. So much so, that its artistic elegance could convince even the most hardboiled cynic that there is indeed music worth listening to today. - Music Review by Bernard Baur


Discography

*The Laughing Man Remix-LP2
Tracks:
1.The Myth (DJ Cam)4:16
2.The Astronomer (Heath & Skaggs)6:00
3.The Laughing Man (Nightmares on Wax)4:40
4.Angels at My Gate (Grantby)4:10
5.The Laughing Man (The Herbaliser)5:12
6.Fading in C# Minor (Kenneth Pattengale)5:55
7.We Are the Lonely (Charles Webster lonesome mix)6:31
8.Out of the Dark (Cavestar)5:09
9.We Are the Lonely (Grantby)5:09
10.The Myth (Keith Sterling)5:32
11.Out of the Dark (Emissaries of the Light)4:19
12.Angels at My Gate (Omid 16B)6:28
13.The Astronomer (John Tejada)6:44
14.The Laughing Man (Jeremy Sole)5:48

*The Laughing Man-EP3
Tracks:
1. The Astronomer
2. We Are the Lonely
3. The Myth
4. Out of the Dark
5. The Laughing Man

*One - LP1
Tracks:
Blue Dress
Hate
Happy the Man
Nightingale
Fading in C# Minor
Wordless
Angels at My Door
Jonah
She Wolf
Casa Del Fuego
Freedom on Fire
Barbara Henry

*The Rain is Over and Gone- EP 2

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When UNA decided to craft some songs for their next release, their first full length in three years, they were thinking about aiming for something more palatable to wider audience. Then they realized as DJ Eddie Barajas put it, “that’s just not us”.

Previously UNA was called Exotica, and Trip Hop was referenced, too. Responses from College Radio included “odd use of sound” and “kinda weird”, which the band took to heart. They considered settling for a more acceptable and mainstream sound, but after being compared to the likes of Agnes Obel and Chet Faker (a couple of their faves), they opted to stay the course. “Sometimes people think we’re weird and we embrace that,” notes vocalist Jennifer Nice. Last summer, UNA released “Last Time I Saw You,” the lead single from the quartet’s forthcoming LP, Noise of the Wing. A wistful tale of lost love and personal drama for sure.

UNA has received praise from such influential outlets as CMJ, Spinner, MTV Hive, and others. “If you want to know what James Bond would sound like in a musical notation sense, with some added flair, then take a listen,” wrote SoundCloud.

Keyboardist and producer Richard Larsen says “We love noise, we’ve always loved noise, almost more than music”. He continues, “like other hard to find things, you have to get down to the essentials.” 

Drummer-guitarist Scott Eric Olivier points out “We got with an acoustician, made custom cables, had a lot of crazy things fabricated in the studio, and now we only put in our noise.” Richard adds, “There’s a lovely ruckus on our tracks, noise we spent a lot of time and effort creating”.

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