Monthly Archives: April 2013

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 Eno, Coldplay, David 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 a rolling, crescendoing canon ending with a peaceful, downtempo epilogue.  One of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

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

This Week’s Groove

We’re going Down Under this week for a sultry singer named Kimbra.  You may have heard her in the duet with Gotye’s single “Somebody I Used to Know.

That promoted me to do some digging and learn more about this musician.  And I found lots of info about her, including some excellent tracks on the New MySpace.  She’s signed an international deal with Warner Bros. Music, so you should be able to find her music just about anywhere, including iTunes.

Strong vocals, funky beats, electronic undertones and a sweet, smokey voice make Kimbra someone you should add to your music library.  I also get an occasional Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons) vibe on some of her tracks.  Right now, I’m digging “Two Way Street” (Aeroplane Remix) from her album “Vows” which has a Nile Rogers-like guitar groove, which, needless to say, sold me on this track.  Done.

So dig this week’s groove: “Two Way Street” (Aeroplane Remix) from her album “Vows” by Kimbra.

This Week’s Groove

I had no internet connection yesterday, so I’m a day late.  I could have done a post on my Windows Phone, but the WordPress interface on Windows Phone isn’t very forgiving, so I thought I’d wait.

I’ve posted this musician before but every time I hear something new (to me)  from Bonobo makes me like his music even more.

From his website:

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.

Black Sands went on to sell over 150,000 copies worldwide, and since its release, Bonobo has toured the world with his live band, wowing audiences of thousands at a time with the hypnotic, extended live versions of the album’s tracks. He sold out both the Roundhouse and The Forum in London, and played a 22 date US tour that took in everywhere from Ashville NC to New York City. He amassed more than 16 million recorded plays on LastFM and over 301,000 likes on Facebook. The songs ‘Kiara’ and ‘Eyedsown’ – both featuring the breathtaking, moving tones of Andreya Triana – have gone on to reach something approaching hit status.

Now, in 2013, he stands ready to take things up yet another notch. The North Borders is another long stride forward – both a natural evolution and a continuation of the electronic palette of Black Sands. Thematic, resonant, addictive and perfectly formed, it’s a thrillingly coherent statement piece. With vocal features from no less than Erykah Badu, as well as Grey Reverend (Cinematic Orchestra) and Cornelia (Portico Quartet) it’s another finely balanced body of work, leaving room for the beautiful, rich productions themselves to breathe and shine.

Bonobo has a long history of unearthing new talent (Andreya Triana, Bjaika) and The North Borders sees him do so once again. The startling vocals of new collaborator Szjerdene are sprinkled across the North Borders, and Green has yet again found the perfect voice to enhance where he’s at.

With a huge run of international tour dates set to commence shortly after the album’s Spring release date, plus a host of weighty press and radio campaigns and a bleeding edge online campaign, 2013 looks set to be Simon Green’s year, which is very good news for the rest of us, too.

I haven’t heard anything from this album yet, but this is one of those rare times when you can just buy the entire album and not be disappointed.

And now my complaint.  Not about Bonobo, but commercial music.  Black Sands was great album that sold 150,000 copies worldwide.  But had Bonobo played on commercial radio, where he deserves to be, he could have sold three to four times that, and deservedly so.

I’m starting to grow a bit disillusioned with the New MySpace as I’m seeing a lot of commercial music promotion and not enough about musicians like Bonobo.  So…support this artist and enjoy today’s groove:

Recurring from the album Days To Come by Bonobo

 

This Week’s Groove

Sunny Tales is the second full length album by German electronic composer and producer Roger-Pierre Shah released under his alias ‘Sunlounger’.

This is a downtemp electronic groove that has a catchy beat.  A lot of good music is coming from musicians from Germany.  Something must be in the air or water and it’s all good stuff.

This week’s groove: “Spiritual Hideout (The Downtempo Edition)” from the album Sunny Tales by Sunlounger.