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Hi All.

First a big thanks for last Sunday to all musicians participating in the New Years party..
And of coarse also to all who came to this event as visitor.
What a great day we had at the Enck.
With over 140 people who came it was a very cool Sunday after noon with some
memorable music that was played by a lot of Dutch (and one German :-) musician!!
I had a fantastic time and the special first set we played with all musicians on stage
was very cool!!
With over 70 minutes of unique once played music I am sure the people
in the hall had a great time.
You can find a nice blog of this day here by Remy. (thanks for that!!)
http://exhibitionofdreams.blogspot.nl/2015/01/groove-new-year-party.html?spref=fb

This will surely be repeated at some point because it was just to good and
special to make this a ones experience :-)

And next stop for the Enck is E-Day 2015.
on 18-4-2015 E-day Oirschot (NL)
With performances by:
Air Sculpture(UK)
Filterkaffee(DE)
Erbe/Baltes (DE)
Pieter Nooten (NL)

More info very soon!!

We received some very good new releases this week.
Faber - Stories
Moonbooter - Cosmoromantics   
Andreas Hack - Pieces (cdr)
Lunar Synth - Future City (cd)
Polaris - Way Out (ltd. edition) (cd)
Przemyslaw Rudz - Back to the Labyrinth (cd)

And a lot of albums that where out of stock (sold during the Holiday season)
are now again in stock and ready for you to order.

And we have about 80 CD's left of the GR-215.
Ron Boots & others - Awakening at Booth's Palace
The special "give away" CD for the concerts in December and January.
These are the last copies and it will not be reprinted.
So if you would like this one then be quick!
Awakening at Booth's Palace was recorded on a Multi track machine so I could
make a good mix of the music we played there!! So this is not the Stereo mix all got who
bought a virtual ticket or attended there!
It also features both encores that where done on this evening with
Rene Splinter, Rene de Bakker and Martin Peters!

If you order this CD with my new release "Standing in the Rain" (GR-214)
you even get it at half price!!

NEW PRODUCTS
These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.
Alpha Wave Movement - System A (cdr)
Fratoroler - Nano (cdr)
Andreas Hack - Pieces (cdr)
Lunar Synth - Future City (cd)
Polaris - Way Out (ltd. edition) (cd)
Przemyslaw Rudz - Back to the Labyrinth (cd)
Godfried Stockman - Part of the Industry (cdr)
Yarek - Berlin Ratusz (cd)

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This was for years a small item in E-News where I could reflect on some
of the things that happens around me and Electronic music.
I haven't made one in years but this week I received a CD release with remarks
in a booklet on which I can not resist in commenting on!!

"it said that the entire music on the CD was made: With out "Coputers" (yes
that was really what was written down!) and Sequencers.
And that al was done with just musical skills in the traditional way!

As if Computers (if he had used correction software on a Computer!!
it might have prevented the :Coputer error!!) and Sequencers are a bad thing!
They are not, they are mainly tools to make music. Be it bad or good!!

Put a "bad" musician (and as a matter of fact what is a bad musician??)
behind a computer and it still could be horrible music!!
Give a "bad" musician a sequencer and it can still be rubbish!
These remarks on certain EM CD's are so lame IMHO because it means nothing.
If a bookkeeper where still using a pencil and a piece of paper to do his calculations
I think I would go for a modern one with good software and computer skills!
I am sure that the error margin using software and a computer would greatly improved
the book balancing for many accountants!! (or typing errors on booklets!!)
I know it is Apples and Oranges (okay Mac's and PC's) between bookkeepers and Musicians
but both can benefit from the same modern technologies available!!

Computers and Sequencers are just tools, a means to an end!!
It is still the individual musician that will make music that one will like or dislike!
And even that is a discussion on its own. What is good music!!
So please all you great Virtuosos out there that are looking down
on us Sequencer and Computer users, take your time to delve into
that world and you might discover that even YOU!! can benefit from them.
It might even broaden your views on how you can make and produce music.
Because these "Traditional means" that are always hallowed where once also
new and despised by the so called genius musicians of that time!!

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Thanks for your time!!
E-News is made by Monique/Ron Boots.
Thanks to all who contribute news.

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     NON-GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL                                             
 1: Javi Canovas - Somewhere (cd)                                           
 2: Klaus Schulze - Stars Are Burning (2-cd)                                
 3: Yarek - Berlin Ratusz (cd)                                              
 4: Erik Wollo & Berhard Wostheinrich - Weltenuhr (cd)                      
 5: Polaris - Way Out (cd)                                                  
 6: Spyra - Staub (cd)                                                      
 7: Tangerine Dream - Supernormal - The Australian Concerts 2014 (3-cd)     
 8: Tangerine Dream - Booster VII (2-cd)                                    
 9: Phobos - Sector Four (cdr)                                              
10: Airsculpture - Graveyard Shift (cdr)                                    
                                                                            
     GROOVE UNLIMITED LABEL                                                 
 1: Ron Boots - Standing in the Rain (cd)                                   
 2: Ron Boots & others - Awakening at Booth's Palace (cd)                   
 3: Lamp - Three Towers (cd)                                                
 4: Rene Splinter - Frames (cd)                                             
 5: MorPheusz - Tantalizing Thoughts at the Dawn of Dreams (cd)             
 6: Rene Splinter - Modern Ruins (cd)                                       
 7: VoLt - Circuits (cd)                                                    
 8: Gert Emmens - An Artist's Stroke (cd)                                   
 9: MorPheusz - Days of delirium & nocturnal nightmares (cd)                
10: Ron Boots - Screaming whispers (cd)                                     
 
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12124 Yarek - Berlin Ratusz

Here is the perfect example of an album that it is necessary to listen
carefully before throwing it to stinging nettles. Not that “Berlin
Ratusz” is difficult to access. Quite the opposite. Faithful to his
style, Jaroslaw Degórski proposes a wide musical range with a vision
of a more balanced electronica which bubbles in a delicate hint of
Berlin School with these floating synth layers which interlace in
delicate orchestral arrangements and huge trolls' rustles. And when
the whole thing is tinted by dreamlike aromas of the world of Aladdin,
it can only give a result that surpasses the expected. We loved Last
Train to Berlin? We shall like this album which doubtless has draw the
main lines.
And that starts on hubcaps. A mixture of breaths and hummings, which
remind the uncomfortable tones of gigantic Trolls on a foot of war,
sweep the introduction of "Minaret". The chirpings of a line of
sequences with organic ions are deeply oscillating. One would say a
strange ride in unreal territories. Especially with these Gregorian
voices layers and these vampiric waves which crisscross and wrap a
rhythm which takes more and more tonus with the addition of big nasal
riffs and electronic percussions which couple their strikings to a
troop of flickering sequences. The rhythm is heavy and incisive. Very
just like what we shall hear on “Berlin Ratusz”, its jerks are taken
by a delicious mixture of sibylline vibes where hoarse voices hum some
black airs. The riffs breaks out in a continuous mode and bite the
feverish beatings of the electronic percussions, while the sequences
continue to oscillate violently. Set apart for the starved riffs, the
e-guitar also throws nice solos. Mo ving thus a little the violence of
the movement which refutes the brief caresses of some more seraphic
voices and the peace of mind of a brief more moderate passage. It's
with a hard and pure e-rock, dipped into Mephistophelian ambiences and
encircled with an electronic veil to the thousand hearing pleasures,
that Jaroslaw Degorski invites the spectators to an electronic Mass,
rich in sound colors, for this concert performed at Rathaus Schöneberg
within the framework of the 40th anniversary of the Berlin School
movement. But in spite of the event, “Berlin Ratusz” has little to see
with the Berlin School genre. Except for these ambiospherical synth
layers which enclose a host of rhythms very near to electronica, the
music of “Berlin Ratusz” glitters in a kind of crenel of a World Music
prepared in a technoïd sauce. Bang-bang it hits hard, flap-flap it caresses!
If "Minaret" is throning in absolute master on this collection of
tracks, "Ultrabas" is not too far behind. The rhythm is curt, nervous
and is stoned to death by good resonant riffs, ploughed by bass
sequences and hammered by percussions which deeply swirl in another
violent up-tempo. Here, as almost everywhere on “Berlin Ratusz”, the
music is strongly soaked by an approach of the Middle East and the
voice of Lukasz Kolakowski is very feminine. The rhythm, always
knotted of nervous jerks, of "Black Water" is a good mid-tempo with an
approach a bit bicephalous; with an electronica sneaking in spaces a
little softer. The synth pads, rather ambiospherical, remind that we
celebrate on the 40 years of the Berlin School. Except that I find
that it is closer to World Music, to Arabic techno. Suffice to hear
the tribal hymn which is "Carima" to be convinced. Otherwise, the
beautiful and very ethereal ballads which are "Dream" and "Ocean" will
erase all the doubts. If at the beginning th e voice of Lukasz
Kolakowski annoys, because she's rather omnipresent, we eventually get
bewitched because shes sounds very oniric and the music of Yarek
abounds in a wealth such as what we found on Last Train to Berlin.
"Imagination" is a kind of drum'n'bass a bit groovy which is filled of
resounding hoops and by curt, abrupt movements. The approach is always
rather melodious, Yarek having emptied his gall on "Minaret" and
"Ultrabas"."Moon Walk" offers a nice structure of bouncing rhythm with
a superb synth which spreads an attractive Arabic veil. That reminds
me moreover Jean Michel Jarre and his collection of ethnic rhythms in
Zoolook. A perception which is rather present all over “Berlin Ratusz”
by the way. "Nostalgia" is a good FM piece of music and a beautiful
down-tempo, very Jarre, with a slow rhythm shimmering of slamming
percussions which is painted of beautiful synth veils as floating as
orchestral and above all very melodious. Just to remind us that
“Berlin Ratusz” is a festive event which surrounds the celebration of
the 40th anniversary of the Berlin School, "Serce Lasu" fills our ears
of a soft ethereal music. It's an ambient track which rests us a bit,
as much as the voice of Lukasz Kolakowski, and which concludes an
album disconcerting certainly (if we look for of real Berlin School
EM) but of which the roots are not really that far.
Sylvain Lupari (November 28th, 2014)

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23105 Polaris - Way Out

It's been a while since we heard new music of Polaris and of its
purveyor in sounds; Jakub Kmiec. The one who has literally surprised
the EM planet with the amazing Collision, released in 2011 and
stemming from a memorable evening of sonic improvisation with his
fellow countryman Krzysztof Horn, comes back with a logical suite to
his Background Stories, his last real studio album realized in 2008.
If “Way Out” is a new release, the tracks which inflate its rhythms of
a honeyed synth-pop approach melted to a soft and morphic IDM are
written between 2009 and 2013. Tracks which pour towards a kind of
smooth and coll Electronica with influences of Jarre (well his modern
twist) and Spyra which can be heard on structures where sequences,
percussions and pulsations are the only ones dependent on rhythms,
while the synths subdivide their tasks by taking care of the harmonies
which are as diversified as attractive and lively with some rather
avant-ga rdist nuances.
"Entrance" sets the table with its rhythm as heavy as sharp. Isolated
arpeggios spit rhythmic resonances with keys which stagnate in
ambiences fed by a synth and its layers of mist. A synth flavored in
the fragrances of a good old Berlin School and whose moods, as
harmonious as floating, are being modernized by more contemporary
perfumes. Heavy reverberations snore at the same time as the
percussions fall. And the rhythm of "Entrance" intensifies its
presence and diversifies its race between a nervous up-tempo, a kind
of break - beat, with jerks and gusts, as well as a melodious
synth-pop with a synth which evaporates constantly its contagious
harmonies. The tone is given! Polaris will put in our ears a pallet of
rhythms which swarm and teem nervously inside their nuances. The
electronic envelope and its ambient shadows remain very present.
Moreover it's with this approach that "White Horizon" finds a room in
our ears. The intro is relaxing with synth lines which float in tones
of cosmos all above spirals of sequences, dreamy arpeggios and echoes
of metallic percussions. Little by little the percussions pound in a
form of a clanic approach while "White Horizon" refuges its harmonies
in a mixture of Lounge and a quite relax Chill-out with muted
pulsations which resound and pound under a thick cloud of sonic
shooting stars. "Unstoppable" follows with an also long structure
where the rhythm is playing tricks from by its unstable phases. Soft
and melodious, in particular with the harmonies of synth which coo in
loops, like the chants of lunar nightingales, it sparkles and shivers
by the jingles and the strikes of metallic percussions very Jarre
before melting in stroboscopic strands with very silvery outlines.
It's never violent and it's a very Berliner EM pattern with very
beautiful synth solos. The singings of synths hail to you? You like
these rotary loops which warble in the colors of serenity? They will
fill your desires with the soft and nostalgic "Stain ed Glass". The
rhythm is smooth and cool. A mixture of down-tempo and IDM a la Bowie
on Let's Dance stuffed with stroboscopic serpentines which interlace
in muted pulsations of which the magnetic resonances crumble the coat
of arms of ambient electronic music. "Maps, DNA and Spam" is in the
same style whereas "Three Suns" is the track which shines the most in
this collection of smooth Electronica. The introduction breathes of
these intergalactic tones which made open wide our ears at the
beginning of the 70's. In fact, one would say a mixture of Kraftwerk,
for the radioactive waves, and Software, for the cosmic approach. The
structure of rhythm settles down with metallic jingles which peck at
two lines of sequenced percussions from which the militarized debit of
one reminds of the soft creative madness of Richard Pinhas in his
sublime East-West. The percussions which strike a soft pace are
locking-up an ambient approach subjected by some slow synth pads
perfumed of black. Although l imping more than skipping, this rhythm
remains very fascinating with a pleiad of elements which interlace to
create a pattern as imaginative as these sequences which are panting
and choking in dense and enveloping cosmic fog floes. The title-track
feeds also of these percussions / sequences a bit organic which
decorated the structure of "Three Suns". It's a beautiful lascivious
down-tempo which exploits a bit the style of psybient, while
"Taklamakan" is more incisive, more danceable with a flow jerked by
silvery lines.
“Way Out” is a beautiful album of Chill, or something like soft
down-tempos, perfumed by rather scents of Berlin School. It's an
unpretentious album which flow in our ears with all the wealth of its
harmonies. If the structures remain sober, they attract nevertheless
this taste of ambient, of lunar dances. Jakub Kmiec wanted absolutely
to present “Way Out” in a format of manufactured pressed CD that he
also presents with a beautiful inner notebook. An initiative backed by
the Ricochet Dream label which aims to be a kind of recognition, of
gratitude to these fans of EM who really care about the physical
conception of the music.
Sylvain Lupari (January 6th, 2014)

- - - NEW and CHANGED entries - - - -
Additions and changes from January 9 2015 till January 18 2015

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Alpha Wave Movement - SYSTEM A (cdr) 27843
2015. A new AWM with a toutch of Schulze in it..
$ 19.25 / UKP 13.49 / EURO 15.40
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=27843

*track listing and cover added *
Boots, Ron & others - AWAKENING AT BOOTH'S PALACE (cd) gr-215
$ 11.25 / UKP 7.99 / EURO 8.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-215

*review added *
Canovas, Javi - HIDDEN PATH (cd) gr-208
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-208

*new in stock *
Faber - STORIES (cdr) 43105
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=43105

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Fratoroler - NANO (cdr) 13218
$ 18.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=13218

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Hack, Andreas - PIECES (cdr) 61272
$ 18.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61272

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Lunar Synth - FUTURE CITY (cd) 22124
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=22124

*track listing and cover added *
Moonbooter - COSMOROMANTICS (cd) 31127
$ 18.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=31127

*new in stock *
Nattefrost - HOMELAND (cd) 61695
$ 19.75 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.80
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=61695

*new entry / review added *
Polaris - WAY OUT (cd) 23105
Limited edition of 300.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=23105

*new in stock *
Remember Green - AFTER SHOCK (cd) 80562
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=80562

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Rudz, Przemyslaw - BACK TO THE LABYRINTH (cd) 57848
Sequential electronica and eclectic sounds by my Polish favorite Musician!.
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=57848

*new in stock *
Serrie, Jonn - DAY STAR (cd) 14639
$ 19.75 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.80
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=14639

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Stockman, Godfried - PART OF THE INDUSTRY (cdr) 33218
$ 18.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=33218

*new entry / review added *
Yarek - BERLIN RATUSZ (cd) 12124
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=12124

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