Monthly Archives: June 2014

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.