[Groove] E-News 1292 25th September 2022
Hi All,

Elive is running as planned, next week we will annoounce the time table for this years E-Live 2022 which is hold on the 12the of November in eindhoven in the CKE!! 

And we have a special act that will hold small concerts in the foyer which this year has a nice real stage!! 

Manorlogic are 2 musicians from the Netherlands, Dirk Nusink and Norman van Krimpen who surprised me with their very cool concert during the Dutch Electronic Masters festival in Hazerswoude Rijndijk. The music is modern, with real percussion and very alive. A great act to put on the stage for E-Live!!

CD News!!

And the new Perge CD came in and it is great, have a listen to dreamscape radio, it also has a fantastic track of the new Cosmic Ground album Isolate!! 2 outstanding EM Berlinschool albums among the best released this year.

Dreamscape Radio.
Check the new Edition of Dreamscape Radio!

On its way is the new Ramp, really looking forward to that too. 3 Great new albums from my favorite Berlin School artist!! So cool!
E-Live 2022 - 12th of November

We have sold already over 80 tickets for E-Live which is very good and with only 225 seats in the hall don't wait to long to get those tickets. Looks promising!

The Programm (The ACTS!!)

Wolfram Spyra - DE
Always a special act, among the best live acts you can think of.
A great substitute for Tiger Forest. 
Ron Boots and Rob Papen - NL
You asked for it so here it is.
Stephan Whitlan and Skoulaman - GB/NL 
 A new Dynamic duo, 2 of the finest Space musicians toghether in the unique concert!! This is going to be a floating in to space concert!
Elektronische Maschine - NL 
The most energetic act in the Dutch EM scene
Start 13.00 (Doors open at 12.00)
CKE - Eindhoven - The Netherlands
Pastoor Petersstraat 180,
5612 LW Eindhoven

you can  order again through the Groove Download shop!!
These products are NEW in our catalog.
Further in this newsletter are more details.

Cosmic Ground - Isolate  (INSTOCK)
Ramp - Happy days are here to stay
Beyond Berlin - Live at Awakenings (cd)  (INSTOCK)
Michael Brückner - Klaustrophilia Extended (2CD) (2-cdr)
Stefan Erbe - Distopia (cd)  (INSTOCK)
Ian Boddy & Erik Wøllo - Revolve (digipak) (cd)  (INSTOCK)
Patrick Kosmos - Visitor 1988 (cd)  (INSTOCK)
Perge - Mutually Assured Destruction (digipak) (cd)  (INSTOCK)
Projekt Gamma - Raum Patrouille 4 (2-cdr)
Steve Roach - What Remains (digipak) (cd)
Roger Universe - Earth Express (cd)  (INSTOCK)
Johannes Schmoelling - Iter Meum (cd)  (INSTOCK)
Tangerine Dream - La Divina Commedia (6 CD Box Set) (ltd. edition, special packaging) 

Thanks for your time.
Ron Boots
78640 - Roger Universe - Earth Express

When an album is presented to media and public by specifying that it sounds like Jean-Michel Jarre from the time of Oxygene and Equinoxe, it inevitably attracts the curious as well as the fans of the French synth wizard's glorious era. This is how the thinkers of the German label Spheric Music are promoting EARTH EXPRESS, a new album by a musician with a name strangely predestined for the genre, Roger Universe. Now, is it true that it sounds as presented? Yes! The 62 minutes of this album sound literally like Jarre. A Jarre indeed who goes back in time by reworking his early albums in a way that gives them a musical and sonic texture that will defy time.

Because this EARTH EXPRESS has quite a whole sound texture! Ulrich Mühl is the man behind Roger Universe. As a journalist and editor in the field of video games, he started dabbling in electronic music (EM) in the 80's with the C64 and Amiga computers. He gave up this option in order to devo t e himself to voice recordings for video games. He started to make EM again in the mid 2010's. He composed several tracks, all inspired by JM Jarre, before passing away in January 2022. Before his death, he asked his long-time friend Gerald Arend of Klangwelt to finalize the edit and mix EARTH EXPRESS for public release.

Arrival shows the musical magnificence of Ulrich Mühl's unique album from the start. The sound is rich, and the various sources intertwine in an intense dramatic vision. The offering begins with a long drone that travels sinuously between series of jerking keyboard chords. These chords already possess that harmonic tone of the famous French musician's early albums. Cosmic winds, sparse bass pulsations and a bass layer complete this cosmic setting where the intensity of the arrangements is as dense as the multiplication of the layers of sounds. Our ears are immersed in a universe that transcends those of Oxygene and Equinoxe. Cosmic winds, arpeggios twinkling like stars, evasive melodies, lunar arrangements, deaf bass impulses, electronic rhythms interrupted by atmospheric phases, and so on are all elements and/or musical textures that adorn each composition of this album. Sometimes we find all these elements within a single track, testifying to the monk-like work that Gerald Arend has done to make this album as immortal as possible. It's as if Jarre decided to remix his albums by injecting massive layers of music all around. Each track is interwoven with the other, creating a 62-minute mosaic of uninterrupted cosmic EM. Awakening carries the essence, the meaning of its title with a structure that hesitates to bloom in an atmospheric context jostled by keyboard chords. The different shades of the arpeggios organize a melodic, stop'n'go kind of fight that seeks to explore a rhythmic vision that will unlock with the dynamic Electrogravity. If there is a single, a commercial success to extract from EARTH EXPRESS, it is Electrogravity. An energ e tic track, an electronic rock built on the epicenter of Oxygen 4 with a dynamism that flirts with Rendez-vous 4. Far Away is a long atmospheric break built on a rhythmic movement that oscillates in suspension. Cosmic vocal layers, shimmering arpeggios, and pulsating bursts of a bass layer make up its cosmic setting that Gerald Arend keeps fatten to with the constant idea that the music can explode at any moment. Then, Mariana Trench reminds us how Jarre liked to end his albums with a kind of cosmic Rumba. A beautiful lunar ballad!

Mixing funky rhythmic phases with atmospheric and melodic ones that are guided by very musical synth solos, Under Ground Over Unity plunges us more into the genre of the Waiting for Cousteau album, particularly the Caribbean island rhythms portion. Sacrifice offers a cosmic atmospheric phase with latent bursts of rhythm that die on the spot. The first moments of Infinite Potential remain in this cosmic atmospheric texture with layers of arpeggios that make tinkling different sources of harmonies, some of which are even slightly rhythmic, underneath synthesizer chants, or Martenot waves, that take us back to the black and white days of the TV show The Outer Limits. A rhythm as explosive as Electrogravity shakes our speakers as soon as the 3rd minute is crossed. Wrapped in these alien chants, it beats on explosive sequences, solid bass-pulses and sequenced arpeggios that multiply the harmonic layers in the last third of the track. You can't get more Jean-Michel Jarre than in the opening of Memories of Past Futures. The waltz of the synth layers hangs on a pulsating movement of a bass-sequence line. It gives a cosmic rock turning in slow motion and zigzagging between slow lunar orchestrations. A fabulous organ layer injects a dramatic dose to this kind of cosmic procession that clings much more to the melodic vision of its arpeggio lines, even if percussive slams excite the senses towards the finale. Cosmic winds return to haunt EA R TH EXPRESS in its finale with Epilogue: Far In. In fact, they dominate this long structure while sweeping away the derailed vocal effects coming out of what seems to be a vocoder.

One can't be Jean-Michel Jarre who wants to imitate him or pay homage to him, so much he was influenced by his music! Although this EARTH EXPRESS is the album closest to the true essence of Jarre, except for the superb Music from France by Frédéric Mercier, it lacks the depth, the vision of spontaneity of the famous French musician. On the other hand, it is a very beautiful album of EM that Roger Universe (Ulrich Mühl) offers us as an ultimate artistic testament. Let's also underline the excellent work of Gerald Arend who completes a more than interesting vision of what Jarre could have created after Oxygène 7-13.

Sylvain Lupari (August 20th, 2022)
49400 - Kellerkind Berlin - Musikkonstruktionen

A melancholy-tinged synth layer opens Lied für Cara. The approach is very emotional and develops into a light rhythm, dominated by sober percussions. Keyboard chords imitating those of a guitar begin the melodic vision of the track, while a line of sequenced arpeggios flutters on the spot while following the slow astral waltz of the the introduction's cinematic orchestrations. Flirting with Otarion's dark and melodic universe, Christian Gorsky uses his electric piano to flavor Lied für Cara with a vision where tenderness, affection and gratitude merge on a first track that proves the Way Out album is not a course incident regarding Kellerkind Berlin's composing ability.

MUSIKKONSTRUKTIONEN follows the prestigious Your Own Way award from the 2019 Schallwelle Awards that the German artist received. Giving him thus the money he needs to record and produce his own manufactured cd. Built on 7 tracks composed in the spirit of narrative electronic music (EM), this cd is in the line of those intense and poignant works that are tinted with dark melancholy from Rainer Klein, the one who year after year throws Otarion's moving opuses at us. Covid 19, the pandemic and the global containment are at the heart of this album, whose work was constantly supported by Christian Gorsky's wife, hence the title Lied für Cara. A series of bass pulsations quietly develops Zukunftsvision which from the first seconds takes on an orchestral texture with violin arrangements. A synthesized language croaks in this ambient setting where charming and discreet flute riffs emerge. The title deploys an intensity, as much in its slow rhythmic evolution as in its arrangements, in this introduction which makes think of good Broekhuis, Keller & Schönwälder music. The percussion that bursts in a little before the 5th minute, disturbs the ambiences in order to structure a heavy procession shaded by the jerky salvos of the violins. The synth controls a pensi ve and harmonious fluty texture that dominates these orchestrations. Highly emotive with high notes, this enchanting flute moves Zukunftsvision towards a more electronic texture in a livelier finale that rejects any form of overflow. A heavy, slow, and very emotive EM is the characteristic of this album. And a track with a contemporary classical music feel such as the cinematic Intermezzo confirms this trend. Having worked closely with Manikin, it is not surprising that the influences of Mario Schönwälder and his label's artists are present on this Kellerkind Berlin opus. The percussive elements and the orchestrations that dictate the minimalist cadence of Frisch vom Dach are faithful indicators. The mellotron flute is ear-splitting at this point over a bed of sequences that is teeming like a swarm of percussive maggots. We're in pure New Berlin School with orchestrations as jerky as the nervous keyboard riffs that espouse this static sequencer movement while the rhythm, always mor e neurotic-static than driving, is clothed in a layer of intensity in a poignant ascending structure. The mellotron is intense and captivating on this track!

At the beginning of this review, I made a parallel with Otarion's music. And it couldn't be more obvious than with Bittersüsse Quarantäne. Harp-guitar-like chords collide with a menacing synth shadow in its opening. Immutable, they tinkle harmoniously under this rumbling wave that percussions start to peck at very early. These last ones structure a static rhythm finely dynamic under a transformation of the synth which launches in parallel floating layers with an essence of Tangerine Dream in the timbre. The percussions and the reverberations constitute the core of intensity of this title which is quickly exceeded by this melody interpreted in this fusion of false guitars and harps. Playing wonderfully on its 10 minutes, Bittersüsse Quarantäne develops with a slowness more cinematographic than rhythmic that stirs the fire of our soul with this splendid melody that will haunt us many hours after its last listening. I would say that we are in the den of MUSIKKONSTRUKTIONEN's emotional intensity because a track like Winterspaziergang bei Sonne fills our ears with a beautiful harmonic approach à la Peter Baumann, Trans Harmonic Nights album. Bass pulsations and Teutonic drums structure its driving rhythm while the mellotron reveals one of its melodious perfumes which remains intact in the dense orchestrations. The best is at the end! It's the very long Schmetterling im Schneegestöber that informs us of it. Arched over sober percussions and slightly jumping bass pulses, its slow rhythm is as bewitching as the dance of a snake bewitched by its charmer. And the parallel depicts quite well the Middle Eastern atmospheres that perfume its slow progression. The orchestrations, as well as that cozy fluty bed, entrench this perception as the slow evolution of Schmetterling im Schneegestöber unveils those melodious s trands beneath those fascinating bursts of sound effects that weave a surreal backdrop. Dark, almost chthonian, and hypnotically melodious, this last track of MUSIKKONSTRUKTIONEN can only be this last act which concludes an astonishing album which does not deserve to remain in its anonymity. There are still some cd's left!

Sylvain Lupari (June 1st, 2022)

NEWS and Additions
*new in stock *
Beyond Berlin - LIVE AT AWAKENINGS (cd) gr-335
2022. By now Beyond Berlin is a household name in the Berlin School scene this is a great live registration of their first UK performance..
$ 18.49 / UKP 12.99 / EURO 14.75
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*(back) in stock *
C-Jay - BACKSLIDER II (cdr) 11168
2022. C-Jay now continues in 2022 where the original Bedrock album left off, with BackSlider II - placing the Dutchman squarely at the forefront of pioneeri.
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
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*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Cosmic Ground - ISOLATE (cd) 57442
2022. Berlin School in the style of Rubycon and Phaedra. Highly recommended!! Best in his kind!!.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
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*new entry / track listing and cover added *
Cosmic Ground - ISOLATE =DOUBLE VINYL VERSION= (2-lp) 85691
2022. Berlin School in the style of Rubycon and Phaedra. Highly recommended!! Best in his kind!!.
$ 44.99 / UKP 31.49 / EURO 35.90
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David Wright + Stephan Whitlan - REFLECTING SKY (cd) 78685
2020. A wonderful new release by David Wright and Stephan Whitlan..
$ 17.49 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.90
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*new in stock *
Ian Boddy & Erik Wøllo - REVOLVE (cd) 22014
2022. Revolve is the fourth collaborative project between DiNlabel boss Ian Boddyand the acclaimed Norwegian composer and guitarist Erik Wøllo..
$ 18.25 / UKP 12.75 / EURO 14.50
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*new in stock *
Kosmos, Patrick - VISITOR 1988 (cd) gr-334
2022. Together with Patrick brother Philip Groove plans to release his vast musicand here is part 4 of the journey with our Cosmic Courier. The Visitor 1988 is a mesmerising musical journey..
$ 17.25 / UKP 12.25 / EURO 13.75
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*new entry / track listing and cover added *
$ 19.99 / UKP 13.99 / EURO 15.90
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*new in stock *
Schmoelling, Johannes - ITER MEUM (cd) 31168
2022. The music returns to the years 1980-1985.
$ 23.75 / UKP 16.75 / EURO 19
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Schulze, Klaus - DEUS ARRAKIS (cd) 36115
2022. A new Schulze is always excited!!.
$ 27.49 / UKP 19.25 / EURO 21.99
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Spyra - MY LITTLE GARDEN OF SOUNDS 2022 (cd) 86288
2022. Space music.
$ 18.75 / UKP 13.25 / EURO 14.90
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