Monthly Archives: February 2013

This Week’s Groove

This week’s groove comes from San Francisco, my old home town.

Scott Hansen, professionally known as Tycho, is an American ambient music artist and producer, who is known as ISO50 for his photographic and design works.  Tycho is currently signed to, and has released under, Ghostly International, but has also released music on Merck Records and Gammaphone Records.  His song, Dictaphone’s Lament, was used as the track on a music video entitled “Live Life to the Fullest”, which was made by and featured on the action cartoon block Toonami.

This week’s track is “Past is Prologue” from the album of the same name.  A downtempo, hypnotic trance track that sets the tone for the entire album, which is well done by the way.  Look for more on the Groove List blog from Tycho.

This week’s groove: “Past is Prologue” by Tycho from the album “Past Is Prologue”

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This Week’s Groove

I joined the New MySpace last week as a result of a conversation in a Twitter chat to see if it has improved over the original site that I never had an account in.  After setting it up and poking around in it for a while, I decided to give it a shot and see how it works out and how I may be able to discover new music and share with my new connections my blog, The Groove List.

The next morning I woke up and checked my email and found a new connection from a group out of Germany called CUEROCK.  The connection provided 10 Top Tracks from the group.  So I grabbed the headphones and started the first track called “More Sex” from the album “Tales of Future Passed.”

Loved It.  Looooovvvved It.

CUEROCK is a cross between, hard rock and fusion jazz.  I heard undertones of Chick Corea and Al Dimeola from “Return To Forever” in “More Sex,” Journey To the Centre” from the album “Physically” and “A Farewell To The Falcon” and “For Sabine” also from “Tales of Future Passed.

I’m more partial to the non-vocal tracks, a la “Tangerine Dream” which I detect in places, but this is a group that needs to be checked out.  Some really good music is being done here.

In the vocal tracks “Kaleidoscope,” “Kaleidoscope II” and “Dream On In Neverland” I got tinges of Jay Gordon and Chester Bennington from the “Queen of the Damned” soundtrack (a must have for rock fans).

The guitarists are killer and the pianist is off the hook.

So far, I’m liking the New MySpace if I can wake up to this kind of music everyday.  This is what music should be about.  Not that dreck drowning my soul known as commercial radio.

If you like rock you’ll love CUEROCK.  If you like fusion jazz, you’ll love CUEROCK.  If you like them together, you will love CUEROCK.

I’m a fan.

Unfortunately, you can only hear CUEROCK in my MySpace profile if you create an account.  http://new.myspace.com/ironhelix. Sorry about that.  I couldn’t find any tracks on Youtube.  However, their album “Tales of Futures Passed” is on Amazon and you can hear it there, and if you like it (and you will) the tracks are $0.89 each.

Jump in it.

This Week’s Groove

Jon Hopkins (born 1979) is a London-based producer and musician who writes and performs his own melodic electronica and dance music. After starting his career performing keyboard for Imogen Heap, he’s produced or contributed to albums by Brian EnoColdplayDavid Holmes, and others. Hopkins composed the soundtrack for the 2010 film Monsters, which was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Score. His third solo album, Insides, reached #15 on the Dance/Electronic Album Chart in 2009. His collaborations on Small Craft on a Milk Sea with Brian Eno and Leo Abrahams and Diamond Mine with King Creosote both reached #82 on the UK Albums Chart.In 2011 Diamond Mine was nominated for a Mercury Prize, which is annually awarded for best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland.

 

This week’s groove is: “Light Through The Vein” by Jon Hopkins from his album “Insides”

“Light Through The Vein” is a rolling canon that crescendos near the end and changes into a peaceful epilogue.  One of my favorites.

Enjoy and look for more from Jon Hopkins.

This Week’s Groove

This week’s groove runs back to 1986.  If this was before your time or you missed it, never fear, the Groove Master is here to introduce you to Shriekback.

Shriekback was originally formed in 1981 by Barry Andrews, and Dave Allen, expanding to a trio with the addition of Carl Marsh. They enjoyed some success on the dance chart on their original Y Records label, and had a string of hits on the UK Indie Chart, while their debut album, Care (1983) was picked up by Warner in the United States. They left Y for Arista Records for 1984’s Jam Science, also recruiting drummer Martyn Barker.  The album reached number 85 on the UK Albums Chart, and the single “Hand on my Heart” charted in the Top 60 in the UK.  Finding little success, they switched to Island Records for the 1985 album Oil & Gold; Marsh left during the recording of the album, to be replaced by Mike Cozzi. After the follow-up, Big Night Music, Allen left to rejoin Gang of Four, and Shriekback remained a collaborative centred around Andrews. Allen would also go on to play in King Swamp and The Elastic Purejoy. Marsh was also in the band Happyhead.

After a further album in 1988, Go Bang!, the band split up. Andrews continued working on other projects before re-forming Shriekback in 1992, although after the single “The Bastard Sons of Enoch” and album Sacred City, there would be no further releases until 2000’s Naked Apes & Pond Life album.

Both Allen and Marsh returned to the studio to contribute to the recording of Shriekback’s 2003 release Having a Moment. Since Having a Moment, Andrews has recorded three albums for Malicious Damage (Killing Joke’s original label) under the Shriekback moniker. Film director Michael Mann was a fan of Shriekback, and used several of their songs in his films Manhunter and Band of the Hand, and in his television series Miami Vice.  The tracks from Manhunter by Shriekback are also very good and worth a listen.

Shreikback is still actively producing music. The latest album is Life in the Loading Bay.

This week’s groove is from Big Night Music” with the track ” The Reptiles and I”

Dig it. It’s verrry hip.