[Groove] E-News 1234 -4th April 2021
 
Happy Easter everybody.

I hope you have a wonderfull long weekend. Last week I wrote about the "Skeleton in the closet" that came out of the closet in March. Well first of thanks for all the warm reactions we got. And also those who congratulated us with it. It felt kinda cynical but we live in cynical times I guess.

We had a very cool Donation from the UK (it was a UK bank account number) but we can not see who send this. THANKS a lot and just drop me a mail so I can personally say this to you. Also thanks to all who ordered  some extra CD's and Downloads. All helps and to be honest I also sold some gear out of the studio so the pressure is off and most of the 10K is now paid. The rest can be done in parts. So those who are worried we will go under believe me we will not. Those who hoped we would go under sorry we are not :-)

What it will do is make Groove releases
potentially a bit slower, we are now planning from release to release. So if for one release the money is recoverd then the next will go out. But it looks like all is going good!

We have lowered all download prices of Groove releases on the Groove download site to only € 9.90 per download. And this comming week we offer on top of that a 20% discount ! Check it out.

But also this Easter weekend we have a sale on Bandcamp.
Everything @15% off now available from the Groove Bandcamp store
It even extends to the Total Discography digital bundle. Use the code April21
https://grooveunlimited.bandcamp.com/

2 new releases are now in and available through all the normal channels.
CD/Download site of Groove and Bandcamp. So here we go!

New on Groove.
http://www.groove.nl/index3.html

GR-307 - Beyond Berlin - Epiphany
https://shop.groove.nl/gr-307-flac
https://shop.groove.nl/gr-307-mp3
Bandcamp page: https://beyondberlinongroove.bandcamp.com/album/epiphany

1- Reconciliation - [24:05]
2- Artificial - [15:19]
3 -Epiphany - [27:59]

A new collaboration of two of the finest EM Musicians from The Netherlands, Rene de Bakker and Martin Peters join in the 3 rd release as Beyond Berlin.. Inspired great analog sequencer based music. The music has it's foundation in the Berlin School of Electronic Music. "We try to go back to the basics when analog synthesizers and step sequencers ruled the electronic music", artists say.
But this is after Totem and Fine Tunes the next leap in their musical conquest. Soaring Leads over multilayerd Sequences, It doesn't get better then this!

GR-10007 - Akikaze - Disorders
https://shop.groove.nl/gr10007-mp3
https://shop.groove.nl/gr10007-flac
Bandcamp page: https://akikazepepijncourant.bandcamp.com/album/disorders
1- Echolalia - [17:18]
2- Bipolar distrotion - [30:06]
3- Mood Swings - [30:16]

A release that was only as download released in 2019, but the music is really cool and we wanted to have this for all those who love a phisycal release. The music is inline with his latest release Deadlock. Akikaze music as we know it. Versatile EM with roots in the Berlin School. A lovely release!!
 
Planned new Releases
 
We have 2 new Groove releases in the planning for the 2nd week of April
http://www.groove.nl/index3.html

GR-308 - Gert Emmens    Time Portal Chronicles

A new release by this man is always excited but this is going to be an awesome release. The fans of Gert will love this one forsure.  Release date is 16-4-2021

GR-309 - Bertrand Loreau    Schatten und Lichter

This might very well be the most Berlin School album by this great French Musician . Again in cooperation with PWM the major French EM label we will release this stunning album!  Release date is 16-4-2021
 
 
GR-10006 - Robert Marselje - Five (5) 

Robert about this album - This is my 5th album with 5 tracks… These 5 tracks are composed to slow down, to ease the rush and re-set.   With all the rushing and speeding within and around us, you can easily forget to step back and relax. This album might help to take a moment to break free from your daily routine. Instead of speeding sequences and fast melodies all tracks are at a slower pace, more experimental, containing long chords; with long, raw floating sounds and at some moments enriched with small accents…
 
NEW and INSTOCK!!
27358 - TONAL ASSEMBLY - NO SOLID GROUND
A splendid new Release by Dutch artist Taede Smedes. Rythmic, melodic and great sounding tracks that will make your feet tap along with his cool rythms.

67733 -  IAN BODDY & MARKUS REUTER - OUTLAND
2 great musicians coming together for the 3rd time in an organsm of sounds and sequences!

38895 - BRENDAN POLLARD - ISOLATED PASSAGES PART 3
Part 3 of this great series of stoner Sequencer music! Those who are fans of TD in the early years will loive this.

37584 - ROBERT SCHROEDER - PYROCLAST
Now in Dreamscape radio!! have a listen and get thsi great release!!

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NEW PRODUCTS
These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

Akikaze - Disorders (cdr)
Alexander Boehm - Ocean (cdr)
Beyond Berlin - Epiphany (cd)
Ian Boddy & Markus Reuter - Outland (ltd. edition, digipak) (cd)
Gert Emmens - Time Portal Chronicles (cd)
Bertrand Loreau - Schatten und Lichter (cd)
Robert Marselje - 5 (cdr)
Mythos - Berliner Schule Sequencing (digipak) (cd)
Brendan Pollard - Isolated Passages Part 3 (cardboard sleeve) (cdr)
Robert Schroeder - Pyroclast (cd)
Tonal Assembly - No Solid Ground (cd)

====== Dreamscape Radio ======
Dreamscape Radio show 583 will be on line tomorrow .
You can find Dreamscape here.
http://www.dreamscaperadio.nl

 
 
REVIEWS
 
25949 Divine Matrix - Cloudsurfing

Divine Matrix is a little jewel still unknown in the universe of EM of the ambient style. Nevertheless, the music of Steve Barnes reaches points of the soothing emotionalism since his very first album Invisible Landscapes where he has barded its meditative structures of fine New Age harmonies. The following two albums showed a good control of the New Berlin School's floating rhythms which are built around sequenced moves always perfumed by esoteric mist. Steve Barnes pushes his reflection on the ambient music even farther with CLOUD SURFING (Soundscapes Volume 1). As long as I had a vague impression to travel back in time. In the 70's! Even the artwork follows this path where the New Age glittered with an immense pond of sonic priests who exploited the benefactions, the mysteries and the wealth of the esotericism. Each track here is forged in the intensity of synth lines' thick movements to the colors of the psychedelism. The movements are s l ow, sometimes dark and rather often radiant. Yes! A little like in the old time.

Cirrus at Siargao attacks our ears with such an intensity that one would believe that the celestial bodies of Orion split into one thousand crumbs. Hoarse breezes, and their radiant echoes, muted hummings and thin synth lines with azured sharp edges untie their shadows which float like goddesses' tears frightened in a firmament which leaves little room to the solitary arpeggios which sing with the fear of being buried. The sound image is equal to a big synth chord launched at high speed in heavens and of which the impact creates slow sound spatters which spread their mists like smokes of fireworks spread their mirages in a dark sky. The movement is very ambient and very cosmic with synth larvas which agglutinate like those of a volcano which implodes. Intense and slow, Cirrus at Siargao is the main cradle of the sources which light this 4th album of divine Matrix and finds its echo up until the borders of the title-track, and far beyond, I think in particular of Nimbostratus, with always some intense movements of air mass, which are powdered of crystalline drizzle, and of heavy cruises of the clouds which split the blue azure of the sky or the dark ebony of the cosmos.

A little like the innocence of the good, Cloud Surfing spreads a charming cosmic melody among which the dusts of arpeggios are rolling over intense layers of bass and of enveloping orchestrations which exult a very esoteric approach. Everything is Eden here. Even with the cosmic tones and breezes! I have the feeling to be in the moods of Steven Halpern's universe with these bright arpeggios and their harmonies as fragile as to the chirpings of the miniature birds which whistle them. Birds that we also find on the dark Ominous Sky which bronze under the caresses of the voices of astral nymphs! Everything is very New Age here and very enveloping. There are also good dark and hollow moments. Like in M ammatus with its resounding waves which multiply their echoes in the whimperings of lines in suspension. That does very Michael Stearns, because of the cosmic approach, while the spaces of open-air caves of Ne Swell and its wall of tears which ooze reminds me the Western Spaces' era from Steve Roach. It's a good track. Riding a Mackerell Sky concludes this incursion in the esoteric soundscapes of Divine Matrix with a very Zen piece of music where the vapors of synth spit the colors of the zenith in a structure which seems to look for its place in forbidden territories. It's also very deep with good short phases of spiritual bewitchment which are hiding behind every effect. Relaxing, Zen, spiritual and esoteric with a beautiful dose of ambiences as cosmic as earthly; it's the ambient mosaic of CLOUD SURFING (Soundscapes Volume 1). A nice rendezvous for those who search above all a meditative and introspective music.

Sylvain Lupari (September 24th, 2015)
 
Additions and changes from March 15 2021 till April 4 2021
 
*review added *
Age - NÈPHÈLOMANCIE (cdr) gr10003
2020. A warm bath of sounds and rythms.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr10003

*new entry / released *
Akikaze - DISORDERS (cdr) gr10007
2021. First CD release from this album of 2019..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr10007

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Alexander Boehm - OCEAN (cdr) 73911
2021. A great first release from this new name!.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=73911

*new entry / released *
Beyond Berlin - EPIPHANY (cd) gr-307
2021. By now Beyond Berlin is a household name in the Berlin School scene and with this stunning new release they prove why. Soring, at times Soft in others this is a new stunning release!!.
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-307

*new in stock *
Blokzijl, Gert - INTERACTION (cdr) 39692
2020. BerlinSeq music.
$ 14.99 / UKP 10.49 / EURO 11.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=39692

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Boddy, Ian & Reuter, Markus - OUTLAND (cd) 67733
Limited edition of 1000.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=67733

*review added *
Boots, Ron & Synth.nl - BORKHAVN (cd) gr-299
2020. A work of friendship and fun!.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-299

*review added *
Clent, James - POWERFUL WAVES (cd) gr-300
2020. Melodic, powerful, Guitars,Synths in the vein of Morpheusz, FD Project full of Emotion! A fantatic follow up !!.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-300

*(back) in stock *
Eloy - OCEAN (REMASTERD) (cd) 67350
2010. Progressive space rock.
Remastered.
$ 12.49 / UKP 8.75 / EURO 9.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=67350

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Emmens, Gert - TIME PORTAL CHRONICLES (cd) gr-308
2021. The new Emmens is like getting the best drink you ever had but it just got better!!..
Release date: 16-4-2021
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-308

*review added *
FD.Project - OTHER SIDE OF AND MORE (cd) gr-304
2021. A great new release buy Frank Dorittke as F.D.Project!.
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-304

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Loreau, Bertrand - SCHATTEN UND LICHTER (cd) gr-309
2021. A wonderful analog Berlin School release by one of France his best EM acts.This is a Groove coop with PWM. Frances main EM label!.
Release date: 2021
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-309

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Marselje, Robert - 5 (cdr) gr10006
2021. An ambeint release by Robert, sound scapes that will take you to the quit places of his music..
Release date: 16-4-2021
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr10006

*review added *
Marselje, Robert - TEARDROPS (cd) gr-293
2020. After years a new album by Robert. Melodic, Sequencers and great sounds. Emerge in the music of Robert Marselje..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-293

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Pollard, Brendan - ISOLATED PASSAGES PART 3 (cdr) 38895
2021. pieces Brendan had in his vaults, live studio sequencing, Different mixes.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=38895

*new entry / new in stock *
Schroeder, Robert - PYROCLAST (cd) 37584
2021. Hypnotic sounds and patterns.
$ 18.75 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.80
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=37584

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Tonal Assembly - NO SOLID GROUND (cd) 27358
2021. A wonderfull followup of his first album..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=27358

*review added *
Wouden, Rene van der - BAURAUM (cdr) 46095
2015. Space and Berlin School like very cool!!.
$ 16.25 / UKP 11.49 / EURO 12.90
Details/soundclip/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=46095
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