[Groove] E-News 1266 19th December 2021
Hello All,

Well we here in the Netherlands are in a new lockdown until Jan. 2022!
Only essential stuf is open so "Yeeaaahhh" just one more week to go before the festive season is again upon us. All in all I only hope this will take place !!

HELLO 2022 - the Planetarium Bochum
Thursday, 30.12.2021 at 21:00. Concert "Hello 2022"
Steve Baltes
Harald Grosskopf
Ron Boots

Planetarium Bochum https://planetarium-bochum.de/de_DE/calendar/hello-2022.17054014

Thursday, 30.12.2021 at 21:00. Concert "Hello 2022"
with Ron Boots, Harald Grosskopf and Steve Baltes.
If you would like to use your original ticket for the new concert, however, a reservation is required:

Please send your reservation request for the event to the team of the Planetarium Bochum by e-mail to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Please be sure to indicate that you have tickets for the cancelled event.
You will immediately receive a reservation confirmation.
If you wish to cancel and refund instead, please use the following link: https://www.westticket.de/rueckabwicklung/
gr-324 - Dave Bessell and Liam Boyle - Imaginator

I am proud to announce a great new release on Groove Unlimited.

Dave Bessell and Liam Boyle first met on Facebook through an interest in Node. Liam has a very wide range of mu-sical interests and skills including the classical avant garde so Dave invited him to a performance of one of his classi-cal modernist pieces for orchestra at Plymouth University. The two hit it off and first collaborated on a track called Theme One from Dave’s solo electronic album ‘Black Horses of the Sun’. It was always on the cards that these two would collaborate further and in 2020 the opportunity arose which resulted in this latest album ‘Imaginator’ their first on Groove Records.
Liam has produced a number of film socres for american independent films as well as recording multiple electronic albums such as ‘Off World’ and more recently ‘Waveforms’ He continues to explore electronic sound design, visuals, guitar and classical compositions

Dave Bessell, founder member of synth group Node, has been releasing a series of fascinating solo and collaborative EM albums over recent years, mainly on DiN records. He also has a lengthy back story involving session playing programming and arranging for a variety of artists and labels including Killing Joke and Suede. Along the way he also picked up a Phd in classical orchestration from the Royal College of Music.

This latest collaboration is the first full album with versatile soundtrack and EM composer Liam Boyle. It is also the first release for these artists on Groove Unlimited. The musical emphasis here is on both melody and sonic explora-tion with an atmospheric soundtrack feel throughout. Not surprising really considering both artists have seperately worked on soundtracks - from independent films to TV. The music is detailed and multilayered repaying close and repeated listening and is realised entirely with analogue hardware, plus a little heavily treated and disguised guitar. Dave also uses an unusual instrument on a couple of tracks called an Aum guitar which is designed to be played with an ebow and sounds nothing like a guitar!

 79515 / Chuck van Zyl - Votive - cd 

Throughout Votive (70:10), the long-awaited studio album by Chuck van Zyl, he is heard continuously connecting with a profound love of sound. Across its three diverse tracks he realizes an exquisitely detailed Electronic Spacemusic. Each movement comes at you in a trek of tone, a hunt of harmony, a torrent of timbre. Yet, informed listeners will hear unity in the arrangement and the meaningful message it means to convey.

Votive ignites with the track The Western Gate (24:30). Building monumental musical structures from layers of mechanized motifs, this star synth-smith signals feelings of certainty, possibility and potential. In the headlong drive of spiraling sequencer runs ratcheting patterns ascend in a striding motor-motion of echoing notes. Settling into a subtle Berlin-School clockwork, questing melodic lines bestow a heightened sensitivity to the promises of life.

The composition Vigil (22:50) could not be more different. In a slowly unfolding ambient elsewhere each atonal shape shudders, then falls into place. In stirring sparks and charged currents this extended abstract wandering maintains a pristine musical surface. Negotiating a delicate balance between the questioning and the consoling, a secret sonic life is explored. Resounding in the resonance of memory, here the psychological terrain of the musician may be most truly felt.

Where the Woodbine Twineth (22:50) leads us into a soft cosmos. Spare, but expressively pointed, a substantial atmosphere hovers. Progressing into stretches of luxurious chords and spacey, shimmering accents we encounter a tranquil zone for drifting and thinking. The poetry of its sustaining themes and expressive shades of sound sanction a magical release of thought. With a firm grasp of tonal organization and musical structure, craft, artistry and hidden cognitions are revealed.

Reveling in what he has made, Chuck van Zyl remains sensitive to the promises of the Kosmische Musik genre – and shines brightly within his music. A work such as Votive asks the genre to go further, and is an enormous gift to the discipline. Navigating the trackless void of space as thoroughly as it does the inner realm, Votive explores ideas of proportion and scale. As creative energy moves from the artist’s interior to that of the audience, in this action both spheres may find their peace, beauty and meaning.

from the Press Release – 4 December 2021

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

Dave Bessell and Liam Boyle - Imaginator (cd)
Bertrand Loreau - Let the Light Surround You (cd)
Chuck van Zyl - Votive (digipak) (cd)
Dreamscape Radio show 609 is online.
This Dreamscape Radio with the Groove CD-r releases of 2021 from the GR-10004 until the GR-10007 for the Schallwelle Elections !!
And new releases by in the catalog!!

You can find Dreamscape here.

We will have a E-News later this week just before X-mas for you all until then stay safe!! 
Thanks for your time!
Ron Boots
79916 Erbe, Stefan - Serbenity

It seems to be Stefan Erbe's first real ambient album!!!

This is the first phrase we read on his Bandcamp site to promote Stefan Erbe's last and 3rd album in 2020. WOW! I can tell you from the start that this promotional phrase is simply wrong. SERBENITY is anything but ambient. On a musical canvas of 49 minutes, the German musician-DJ weaves a mosaic of rhythms that borders down-tempo. In fact, I've been listening to this album in loops for 4 days and each time the degree of my obsession goes up to the ceiling. Do you know this feeling of being certain that you have already heard what you are listening to without remembering it? It becomes haunting! And suddenly the answer came to me last night!

Shoot Out begins with a percussive tumult. A duel between sequencer and percussions is organized around an undulating line of sequences which does breakdance in a musical arena surrounded by the garish colors synth streaks. The perc ussions are falling from everywhere, like the sequences and these arpeggio's necklaces which flow in convulsive flows, creating a mass of ambient rhythm which does slalom on a frozen pond of which the texture moves all the time. But how? Rusty Barrels follows with an overture, that I would describe as melancholy, adorned with an evasive melody from the percussive arpeggios. The orchestrations and the arrangements make me shed those tears from my soul, as these arpeggios ring jumping from one ear to the other. And it's at this first bridge that finally (After what! Something like a dozen times of hearing it), that I understood where I was! I see myself in the domain of I Remain, turning on myself wondering where these percussive elements are coming from forming this rhythmic texture which will feed in a harmonious way the 10 chapters of SERBENITY. I'm thinking of those layers of melancholy drizzle and those weeping hugs of The Glimmer Room when Rusty Barrels spreads its oneiric memb r ane. Stormy chords orchestrate their bass tones which roll like wavelets among the smooth spills of percussive elements. Although built on a reed of percussive elements, of percussion and of bass pulses, the track pulsates in the setting of I Remain while flirting with the psybient effects of bands such as Solar Fields and Carbon Based Lifeforms. It's around organic effects that the deluge of arpeggios awakens the up-tempo of Fireflies. The bass line is exhilarating and slows down the pace a little, allowing the keyboard to reveal a melody whose incompleteness becomes haunting. The rhythm always between two phases, Fireflies gets more intense, thus delivering the second secret of SERBENITY: its emotional growth. From now on, each title following Shoot Out comes with the soul and imprints of the titles that precede it. As a result, each title knows that it will have to sacrifice a piece of its soul to survive even more in our ears. Windows' tinkling, hollow and troubled winds, semi- c omposed chords, our ears drift in the opening of Glassbird which hands the baton to Fallen. After a slow opening with scents of Blade Runner, the forcefully strummed arpeggios establish its hopping rhythm. Its yoke of high-sounding arpeggios, Electronica-style snapping percussions, resonant bass and sequences hopping on the same spot, Fallen deploys a level of energy that is as much rhythmic as melodic and whose drama is blown away by these synth alarms à la Vangelis, we also find its scents in the arpeggios, which brought us to another level in Blade Runner. And there, the more it goes and the more we say to ourselves, it's the best track on the album!

That's without having heard Lost Windmill and its Solar Fields vibes in Until we Meet the Sky. An ambient but very intense title where we subtly embrace the Cosmos. The start of The Light in Between is a bit laborious? Wait until the first minute to hear a strange chord banging a linear rhythm from which escape effects of pa rasitic echoes, percussions and these bass sequences pounding a rhythm which rather serves as den for prismatic elements which escape through pretty sinister synth lines. But the level of intensity has reached a point where our emotions are now linked to the growth of SERBENITY. The din of atmospheric elements, thunders and horizontal rain guide us in another introduction stitched of ambiences in Aflutter. An alarmist synth wave whirls in decomposition, while a strummed melody somewhere in the album seems to find its bearings in this purely ambient-static-atmospheric title which serves as a springboard to the pinnacle of the album. Walls of Stories is the kind of title that sticks to our emotions! Its flow is slow, mesmerizing our senses with an increasing rhythm in its rubbery imprint. We had heard, but not often, of those heavenly voices that want to divert our attention as the rhythm settles firmly. There are echo and ricochet effects between the strobe lines in this melodious s t roll towards a skyless field. The juice of tension comes out of our ears in this long prelude to Final Arena.

Following the precept of this album, Final Arena is Fallen's other side of mirror. It polishes its rhythm which skips with an effect of stroboscopic jerks under the cries now identified as those of crows. Having 9 souls and imprints of SERBENITY that the German musician always exploits with a little more emotion and intensity while adding new sound effects, it's not for nothing that Final Arena is the zenith of this astonishing and brilliant Stefan Erbe's album which in my opinion is the most beautiful album of 2020.

Sylvain Lupari (February 3rd, 2021)
Additions and changes from December 1 2021 till December 19 2021

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Dave Bessell and Liam Boyle - IMAGINATOR (cd) gr-324
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=gr-324

*track listing and cover added *
Erbe, Stefan - SERBENITY (cdr) 79916
2021. Cool new album by Stefan Erbe, very energetic..
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79916

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Loreau, Bertrand - LET THE LIGHT SURROUND YOU (cd) 29916
2021. The new CD by Bertrand Loreau is a delight for fans of vintage sound of the seventies..
$ 18.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=29916

*new in stock *
Schonwalder, Mario & Rothe - FILTER-KAFFEE 105 (cd) 46246
2021. 2020/2021 von Frank Rothe & Mario Schönwälder im "The Room", Berlin..
$ 13.75 / UKP 9.75 / EURO 10.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=46246

*(back) in stock *
Tangerine Dream - OFFICIAL BOOTLEG SERIES 2 (4-cd) 75091
2016. 4CD DELUXE : LIVE PARIS 1978 & EAST BERLIN 1980 Official Bootles Series 2.
$ 61.99 / UKP 43.49 / EURO 49.50
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=75091

*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Zyl, Chuck van - VOTIVE (cd) 79515
2021. A nce tribute to the 70's Electronic music in Germany. Chuck at its best. Limited to 300 copies!!.
$ 24.99 / UKP 17.49 / EURO 19.90
Details/ordering: http://www.groove.nl/jump2.php?artnum=79515