This Month’s Groove – June 2014

I’ve been finding these hidden gems in different places on the Internet via Pandora or Spotify or on SiriusXM Radio from Jazzanova.  This time it’s Jazzanova featuring Clara Hill with a catchy track that easily gets stuck in your head and listening to this on repeat it gets better every time.

This month’s groove is : “No Use” by Jazzanova feat. Clara Hill from the album “In Between”

A smooth mix of sultry vocals by Clara Hill, jazzy keyboards and a funky staccato drum kick with a taste of Latin flavor thrown in for good measure.  Jump on this track and if so inclined, this album.  You won’t be disappointed. There is some really great music coming out of Germany.  You really need to pay more attention to the alt-music scene over there.

Clara Hill is a musician born in Berlin. She writes and performs with a varied array of artists. Her discography including 3 full-length albums and many 12“s featuring names of Electronica and Jazz knob twiddlers like Jazzanova, King Britt, Marc Mac and Rivulets, Atjazz just to name a few. Coming from a Singer-Songwriter / Acid-jazz / electronica background – Clara never stopped discovering and experimenting new musical ways and musical diversity in various musical genres. Beside worldwide tours her main interest is to present her own independent musical language to focus on compositions besides musical trends. Clara is working on her new Album which goes more in direction new folk with elements of experimental music, electronica and post-rock.   Jazzanova is a German Berlin-based DJ/producer collective consisting of Alexander Barck, Claas Brieler, Jürgen von Knoblauch, Roskow Kretschmann, Stefan Leisering, and Axel Reinemer. Formed in 1995, the group is one of the foremost proponents of the nu-jazz, chillout and jazz house styles of music associated with record labels such as Compost Records and Sonar Kollektiv. They have also experimented with Latin jazz, which can be heard on the song “Tres Bien”. They also have a side-project, “Extended Spirit”. They also gained recognition as innovative remixers for a vast number of acts such as Marschmellows, Ian Pooley, Incognito, 4Hero, M.J. Cole and Masters At Work. Jazzanova released their second studio album Of All the Things, on October 21, 2008. Their latest album is Funkhaus Studio Sessions, released in May 2012 with Paul Randolph on vocals.

This Month’s Groove

Salty Air (feat. Noa Lembersky)

Salty Air reminds me of James MTUME, an R&B artist from the early ’80’s.  This track has a nice beat and funky bass riff.  I caught it a couple of times on Sirius/XM radio and it was worth the purchase on iTunes.  Check it out and others from j.viewz.  Good Stuff.

(From Wikipedia)

Jonathan Dagan, known by his stage name j.viewz, is a Brooklyn-based songwriter, producer, remixer, and visual artist. Dagan was born in Israel on February 16, 1982.[1]

Under the alias j.viewz, he has collaborated with numerous guest vocalists and musicians. His production often incorporates nostalgic elements through the use of samples, analog tapes and synthesizers, and is often described as multilayered and detailed. NPR’s All Songs Considered said, “j.viewz writes songs that whirl and clatter like tiny Rube Goldberg devices.”

j.viewz’s visual presentations (including live performances and produced albums and videos) have received international recognition. In 2012, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for the unique package design of his album rivers and homes. The title video off of rivers and homes was nominated for an MTV O Music Award (“Most Innovative Video”) and a UK Music Video Award(“The Innovation Award”).

This Month’s Groove

This month’s groove is a smooth, soulful groove by James Blake from his current album, “Overgrown.” “Retrograde” by James Blake from the album “Overgrown” available on iTunes, AmazonMP3 and Google Play. Very smooth.  You’ll want to check out this album. Overgrown is the second studio album by English electronic musician James Blake. It was released on 5 April 2013 by Blake’s ATLAS Records, along with A&M Records and Polydor Records. It was supported by lead single Retrograde and a series of concert appearances including one at Coachella. It is being promoted as Blake’s most expansive piece of work to date, with guest features from electronic producer Brian Eno and Grammy Award-winning rapper and producer RZA.  Overgrown débuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart and at number one of the US Dance/Electronic chart, becoming Blake‘s highest-charting album to date. During the final weeks of 2012, Blake performed three intimate shows where he débuted five of his new songs, the five being “Our Love Comes Back”, “Overgrown”, “Retrograde”, “To the Last” and “Every Day I Ran.”

Jump on this album. (if you haven’t already).

This Month’s Groove

This month’s groove is a funky, bluesy jam by DJ Harry featuring Lissie.

“All My Life” DJ Harry featuring Lissie from the album, “Collision”

DJ Harry’s full-length of all original material, Collision, is being released on The String Cheese Incident’s label, SCI Fidelity Records. A much bigger outlet than your average house imprint, SCI Fidelity goes beyond the twelve-inch market—while still catering to it—yet also incorporates a broader demographic, something DJ Harry took into consideration when putting the project together.

“I played [the] Bonnaroo [Festival] a couple of years ago,” recounts DJ Harry. “There were no other house music DJs on the bill, only hip hop DJs. When a hip hop beat kicked in, people immediately started dancing or nodding their heads. Even though house music is originally an American form of music, it’s never been pursued in a mainstream way. In watching people’s reactions at Bonnaroo, I thought that on my next album I would focus something more people would understand, while still appealing to house music fans.”

That is exactly what DJ Harry has accomplished with Collision. A daring combination of different sounds and styles, he manages to make it all work with a coherence that is unique to him. “I tried to make music that represents me, but also hit a lot of different points,” he explains. “It is all one vibe, one kind of energy.”

Whittling down 100 songs to the 10 on Collision, DJ Harry worked with 15 musicians to create the organic and tangible sounds heard on the album. Writing everything himself, he then brought in musician friends to input live instruments onto the tracks, sometimes up to three different bass players on one tune, giving each number body and flavor.

A standout on Collision is DJ Harry’s collaboration with newcomer vocalist Lissie on “All My Life.” A discovery of DJ Harry’s, Lissie’s voice and style drew him in during an acoustic performance and a working relationship was soon cemented. Based on DJ Harry’s backing tracks and random lines from Lissie’s journal, “All My Life” is a spine-tingling, sparkler of a track that is on par with the likes of Zero 7 and Morcheeba.

This is a great track.  Make sure you add this to your collection.  Available on iTunes and where ever you purchase your music.

This Month’s Groove – 2014

I’ve been gone a while but I’ve curated more music to share with you during my down time.

This month’s groove is from Satin Jackets, featuring KLP.

Satin Jackets is the brainchild of German music producer Tim B. who teamed up with his friend Den Ishu as lead performer. Recent successes like “You Make Me Feel Good”, collaborations with highly demanded vocalists as well as top-ranked remixing work turned the project into a very recognizable brand name for lush Indie Dance tunes with a pop appeal and a four-to-the-floor groove. Having toured three continents with over twenty gigs in the past year, Satin Jackets has claimed their place as protagonists in the scene with the recently created live show. The continuing work with Eskimo Recordings, The House Of Disco and their own Glam Jam Artists will ensure Satin Jackets keeps playing a vital role at places favoring momentum between 105 and 115 beats per minute.

Kristy Lee Peters’ turn under the KLP moniker is just one EP old (her Revolution EP was released through DCUP’s label Chookie back in May) the Sydney DJ, producer and vocalist has been a steady presence on the local scene for plenty of time now.  2013 has seen her collaborate with the likes of Taku, Dcup, Germany’s Satin Jackets (on Eskimo Recordings), Crayon (on Yuksek’s Partyfine) and What So Not on their beast ‘Jaguar’ (through Sweat It Out and OWSLA).

Never one to stand still, KLP was named one of the 10 Local Producers to Watch by inthemix in 2014, selected to play the EMC Spotlight, crowned Triple J Unearthed Field Day winner and on top of all that, is a facilitator with the Heaps Decent project.

Her latest solo offering DECIDE, is a super-hooky, multi-vocal layered and bass driven jam, showing us a new side to KLP’s ever growing repertoire, proving again why she is one of Australia’s most exciting new industry talents.

The joint effort of Satin Jackets featuring KLP is a hot dance groove with the sultry vocals of KLP on an Extended Play album called “For Days.”  The EP includes the title track with an an istrumental cut of “For Days” and a bonus track “Night Keys” which rounds out this excellent EP.

This Month’s Groove: “For Days” by Satin Jackets feat. KLP is available on iTunes and wherever you purchase your music.  I have it on repeat.  You’re gonna dig this.

This Week’s Groove

It’s been a while since I’ve updated The Groove List.  Life sometimes gets in the way of a good time.  But while I’ve been away,  I’ve been seeking and collecting new tunes to share with you to close out the year.

Taking Up Your Precious Time is the first full-length album by American electronic music artist Pretty Lights, and was co-produced by fellow Pretty Lights Music label-mate Michal Menert. The album was released October 23, 2006 on Pretty Lights Music. It is known for including the song “Finally Moving” (which samples the song “Something’s Got a Hold on Me“, a 1962 single from “Etta James Top Ten”). The song is popular amongst fans and is a favorite at live performances.

It got my attention and it should catch fire on your playlist.

This week’s groove: “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights from the album “Taking Up Your Precious Time”

This Week’s Groove – Hot Natured

Hot Natured is a British-American electronic music group consisting of Jamie Jones and Lee Foss, both co-founders of critically acclaimed electronic dance music label, Hot Creations. The group later on added members Ali Love and Luca C from Infinity Ink.

I caught Hot Natured while listening to XM/Sirius radio in the car while in traffic on the “Chill” channel, which I listen to most often.  This track “Isis” was released this year (2013) and sneaks up on you.  Before you know it, you’re tapping your toes and grooving to the heavy bass layer that takes you into the track.  It’s available on iTunes.

Other notable tracks from Hot Natured include:

  • Reverse Skydiving (feat. Anabel Englund) (2013)
  • Benediction (feat. Ali Love) (2012)
  • Forward Motion (feat. Ali Love) (2011)
  • Nino Brown (2011)
  • Equilibrium (2010)
  • H.E.A.D.S (2009

This week’s groove:Isis (Magic Carpet Ride) [feat. The Egyptian Lover] (Lee Curtiss Remix)  (2013) by Hot Natured

Dig it.  Get the track.

This Week’s Groove – Zero 7

Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. The group members began their musical careers as studio engineers and in 1997 formed the group Zero 7. Their debut album, Simple Things, was released in 2001 and received critical acclaim. Subsequent albums include: When It FallsThe Garden and Yeah Ghost.

The duo’s songs have appeared in many films and television shows such as Blue CrushRaising HelenSmallvilleRoswellObsessed, and I’m with Lucy. Songs include “Give It Away” (Top Gear,CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationI Give It a Year), “Polaris” (Sex and the City), “Pop Art Blue” “Waterloo Road”, and “In The Waiting Line” (Garden StateSex and the CityHouse and Numb3rs). Their song “Destiny” has appeared on the Lacoste website, SkyTV’s broadcast of the Star Wars Saga and commercial. The song “In The Waiting Line” has also appeared in a 2006 HBO ad, NBC’s profile of Olympic Swimmer Laure Manaudou, and is sampled in the hip hop song song “Nothing Iz Real” by Termanology.

Songs by Zero 7 have also appeared on the lounge music compilations The Chillout Project by Filipino DJ Anton Ramos, and the Hôtel Costes. The song “Lo” was featured on Layo & Bushwacka!.

This week’s groove: “Salt Water Sound” from the album “Simple Things” by Zero 7

This Week’s Groove – Tricky

Tricky (born Adrian Nicholas Matthews Thaws, 27 January 1968) is an English musician and actor. As a producer and a musician, he is noted for a dark, rich and layered sound and a whispering sprechgesang lyrical style. Culturally, Tricky blends different styles, particularly in his musical fusion of rock and hip hop, high art and pop culture. His debut album Maxinquaye was nominated for the Mercury Prize and voted Album of the Year by NME Magazine.

I first heard of Tricky from the movie “The Replacement Killers” with Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.  The song, “Makes me Wanna Die” by Tricky actually isn’t on the Soundtrack, so don’t go there or you will be disappointed.  The version from the movie is also not the version that you will find first.  The movie version, in my opinion, is a sultry, sexy thumper with a lazily sung vocals (on purpose).  this is the version want to get a hold of.

It took me a while to find this version.  You should also listen to the other versions as well, but this version, from the movie, is the version I prefer.

This Week’s Groove: “Makes me Wanna Die” by Tricky from the album Pre-Millennium Tension

This Week’s Groove

I’ve written about Bonobo before and likely will again.  To refresh:

Simon Green, AKA Bonobo, is an artist very much at the peak of his significant powers. His 2010 album ‘Black Sands’ was the high watermark of his career to date; a masterful record, marrying Green’s inimitable melodic genius to cutting edge electronics, bass and drums.

If you, like me, are into trance, dance, ambient grooves, this is a musician that you should be listening to.  Often.

“Black Sands” and the track “All In Forms” (see The Groove List, Nov 23) was my first introduction to Bonobo, and the more of his music I find the more my collection grows.

His latest album, “The North Borders” shows that Bonobo is getting better and better at creating very listenable and catchy grooves that leave you wanting more.  “The North Borders” is available on Amazon and iTunes.

This week’s groove:  “Cirrus” from the album “The North Borders” by Bonobo.  Dig it.