Ugress

Ugress

Real Name:
Gisle Martens Meyer
Profile:
Ugress is a musician, producer and remixer from Bergen, Norway. He's been producing music a couple of years, using samplers, synths and computers.

Ugress dives into a groovy, spooky and cinematic landscape of weird samples, loops and sounds. Strong rythms carries soundscapes and melodies forth. The sources of sampling include easy listening records of the 60ies, unknown and well known classic funktracks of the 70ies, computer games, television commercials and the oldest aswell as latest sci-fi b-movie. The compelling groove of a breakbeat (or two, or three) is, of course, always present.

Ugress released the first self-issued 12" E-Pipe in 2000, and started playing live the following winter. The first gig was basically just a favour for Bergen Filmklubbs (Bergen Film Society) at their biannual releaseparty, and the gig was a success. With only one cinematic concert, the band was in heavy demand. During 2001-2002 the live reputation of the band created a stirr in Norwegian press, Ugress won several national compos, and caught the attention of several labels. Also, the funkish Loungemeister was heavily played on national radio, and used in numerous commercials and situations.

However, it was a remix that caught the attention of Port Azur, freshly started Norwegian electronic label by Tuba. While hunting for tracks to include on their first compilation, they came across Ugress remix of Slowphos "Would You", and tried to find more. Luckily, they did, and during spring 2002 a deal emerged. The result: A 12" vinyl EP Loungemeister, and Ugress first full album, Resound.

The album was released on Sept 9th 2002, and was immedeately sold out. At first there were planned and printed 3000 copies. But preorders demanded more than double that, so the first shipment was 8000 copies. This was sold out in the first few days, and new pressings had to be ordered continously. The album debuted at 2nd place in Norwegian charts to everyones surprise, with raving reviews and huge attention in Norwegian press.

Since then Ugress music has been featured almost everywhere, from movies and television programs to nightclubs and coffee shops. And internationally, things are starting to pick up, with radio and video play as far away as Australia and Iceland. International release is planned for February/March 2003.

Ugress is not completely instrumental. Four of the songs on Resound contain vocals by Therese Vadem, and more vocal tracks are in the works. Since spring 2002, she has also been a constant member of the live crew, joining in on some of the tracks on vocals. She has a mesmerizing apperance on stage, and a beautiful, lush voice.

Therese is also one of the two beautiful voices in Atakama, and in addition to a great voice talent, she is also an artist with the brush, having several exhibition of paintings and cover artworks behind her.
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Ugress Discography

Albums

PA 003 Ugress Resound (Album) Port Azur PA 003 Norway 2002 Sell This Version
none Ugress La Passion De Jeanne D'Arc (Album) Not On Label none Norway 2003 Sell This Version
none Ugress Cinematronics (Album) Port Azur none Norway 2004 Sell This Version
PA 022 Ugress Cowboy Desperado(CD, Album + 6xFile, MP3) Port Azur PA 022 Norway 2005 Sell This Version
UP 002 Ugress Film Music (Album, Comp) Uncanny Planet Records UP 002 Norway 2006 Sell This Version
none Ugress Unicorn (Album) Uncanny Planet Records none Norway 2001 Sell This Version
UP 022 Ugress Reminiscience(CD, Album + 11xFile, MP3, 320) Uncanny Planet Records UP 022 Norway 2009 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Ugress E-Pipe (EP) Not On Label none Norway 2000 Sell This Version
UP 003 Ugress Sophisticated Wickedness(5xFile, MP3, EP, 160) Uncanny Planet Records UP 003 Norway 2006
UP 004 Ugress Retroconnaissance EP(4xFile, MP3, EP) Uncanny Planet Records UP 004 Norway 2006
UP 005 Ugress Kosmonaut EP(4xFile, MP3, EP) Uncanny Planet Records UP 005 Norway 2006
UP 010 Ugress Chromosome Corrupt EP(4xFile, MP3, EP) Uncanny Planet Records UP 010 Norway 2007
UP 014 Ugress Loungemeister EP(5xFile, MP3, EP, RE) Uncanny Planet Records UP 014 Norway 2008
UP 021 Ugress Schizophonica(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Uncanny Planet Records UP 021 Norway 2009
none, Episode Three Ugress Wulfhöken Spaceport Affairs EP(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Uncanny Planet Records, Planet U none, Episode Three Norway 2011
none, Episode Four Ugress Luftslott EP(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Uncanny Planet Records, Planet U none, Episode Four Norway 2011
none, Episode Two Ugress The Lost Ruins EP(6xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Uncanny Planet Records, Planet U none, Episode Two Norway 2011
none, Episode One Ugress Planetfall EP(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Uncanny Planet Records, Planet U none, Episode One Norway 2011
none, Episode Five Ugress Time Machine EP(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Uncanny Planet Records, Planet U none, Episode Five Norway 2012

Compilations

UP 017 Ugress The B Vault - Unreleased Tracks 2000-2007(20xFile, MP3, Comp) Uncanny Planet Records UP 017 Norway 2008

Miscellaneous

none Ugress Out(File, MP3, 160) Uncanny Planet Records none Norway 2001
none Ugress Swing E Sesso (Remix)(File, MP3, 128) Uncanny Planet Records none Norway 2002
none Ugress A Touch Of Monsoon(File, MP3, 160) Uncanny Planet Records none Norway 2007
none Ugress Pastel Artery Intersections(File, MP3, 256) Uncanny Planet Records none Norway 2007
none Ugress Featuring Christine Litle Ugress Featuring Christine Litle - The Ultimate Fix(File, MP3, 160) Uncanny Planet Records none Norway 2007