Monthly Archives: June 2013

This Week’s Groove

Apparently I need to get out more, because I’ve just recently heard of and listened to Skylar Grey from this week’s groove. Or maybe she should stick to one nom de plume so I can keep up.

Holly Brook Hafermann (born February 23, 1986), known professionally as Skylar Grey, is an American multi-instrumentalist and singer and songwriter. Grey was signed to Machine Shop Recordings under the name Holly Brook. She released her debut album, Like Blood Like Honey, as Holly Brook, in 2006. She co-wrote the three versions of “Love the Way You Lie” (for Eminem and Rihanna) with Alex da Kid, who signed her to his KIDinaKORNER record label. She was featured as a guest vocalist on Fort Minor’s “Where’d You Go” and “Be Somebody”, Diddy-Dirty Money’s “Coming Home”, Dr. Dre’s “I Need a Doctor”, Lupe Fiasco’s “Words I Never Said” and Kaskade’s “Room for Happiness”. Her debut major label studio album, Don’t Look Down, is due for release in July 2013.

Kaskade has a knack for finding incredible vocalists for his tracks.  And this track is no exception.

Skylar has an edgy style and a voice you want to listen to.  Clearly and accomplished songwriter, Skylar is someone you should seek out and pay attention to.  Also check out “Wear Me Out” by Skylar Grey, on New MySpace.  Good stuff.

This week’s groove: Room for Happiness featuring Skylar Grey by Kaskade.


This Week’s Groove

Tuesday was a bit hectic, so I missed posting, so here it is today.  Sorry about that.

Once again, the New MySpace has presented me with another musician that I never would have heard of had it not been for a non-conventional opportunity (i.e. the horror that is commercial radio).

It is unfortunate that quality music and talent like this has no digital outlet to purchase some excellent music and independents have to rely on YouTube and New MySpace to get heard.  Which is not a bad thing, because how else will they get exposure, but sooooo many people miss out on great music that deserves to be heard were it not for “word-of-mouth,” like this blog.

This week, I’d like to introduce Dan Cohen, a talented musician/guitarist that connected to me on New MySpace.  Dan is located in Israel, and when you listen to his music, you will definitely be able to hear the Mediterranean influences in his tracks.

Dan posts his sessions on YouTube, but the best versions of his tracks are in his stream on New MySpace.  I encourage you to join up so you can experience the full flavor of his art.

Picture yourself sitting at a packed sidewalk cafe, al fresco, enjoying a glass of wine on a warm summer night listening to the toe-tapping, head-bobbing funk of this exciting jazz guitarist.  You don’t want to miss this and look for more from Dan Cohen where ever you can.

This Week’s Groove: an unconventional title for a verrry hip and jazzy funk track from Dan Cohen’s “Jar Project” called “Cockroach Rampage.”  

This Week’s Groove

St. Germain is the stage name of Ludovic Navarre, a French musician. His style has been described as being a combination of house and nu jazz music.

Navarre’s album Boulevard was released in July 1995 and has sold over 350,000 copies worldwide. His United States debut, Tourist, was released in 2000 and sold 300,000 copies in the USA and 4 million copies world wide. Bob Marley, Toots & the Maytals, Miles Davis and Kool and the Gang are among Ludovic’s early influences. He composed his first work under the name of Sub System with friend Guy Rabiller. He has released EPs under a number of aliases, among them Deepside, LN’S, Modus Vivendi, Nuages and Soofle.

St. Germain is not associated with the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Café compilation series, though his song “Deep in It” is featured on its “Volume 1”.

Enjoy this weeks groove: a bluesy, soulful track called “Sure Thing” from the album “Tourist” (Remastered Deluxe Version)

This Week’s Groove

Everyone wants to help out a good cause, and The Groove List is no exception.  Check out this track from Collision Spectrum, a trio out of London, England.

Band members, Duncan Woolford, Nathan Norris, Ollie Blagg, created their official myspace account for a charity single available to download on iTunes and Spotify etc. 100% goes to charity

It’s a funky dance tune that kind of reminds me of The Pet Shop Boys, whom I like a lot.

This band was formed in order to raise money for terminally ill children who are being treated in Royal Marsden Hospitals across London. Their first single is named “Animals” and is now available to buy on iTunes. The remixes of this single are soon to be released. We are also working on an album which should hopefully be released in September/October 2013.

You will need to create a new MySpace account to hear it there, but you can get a 90 sec preview on iTunes.

It’s $0.99. So put that Big Mac down and buy this tune.