GruuvElement’s – Enters/Power

February 3, 2015 in Singles

GruuvElement's Enters/Power Groove OnRomanian duo GruuvElement’s (yes, that’s how they’re spelling it) serve up a dark, techy two-tracker for George Morel’s Groove On label here.

On the A, Enters is a bottom-heavy chugger with indecipherable snatches of heavily treated and downpitched male vocal, and understated yet nonetheless firin’ percussion. On the flip, Power is a more sprightly and house-ified affair, with something of an ‘early 00s tribal’ air about it and a neat line in wobbly synth sounds as well as sampled Afro-chant vox.

Always good to see house veterans moving with the times and George doesn’t disappoint with this latest signing.

Out: Today

About: You can find Groove On on Soundcloud and Facebook.

Frank Donner – I Know What You’re Thinking EP

April 19, 2014 in Singles

Frank Donner I Know Groove OnA cool three-tracker here from George Morel’s Groove On imprint.

I Know What You’re Thinking itself is up first, an atmospheric, techy groove with stop-start drums, one hell of a bass drone and a half-sung, half-whispered male vocal. So Many Days is a more melodic, almost proggy affair with bursts of sax and snatches of quite poppy vox, but the track that caught my ears the most is This Brother, which starts out as a jackin’ tech groove, adds sumptuous, euphoric keys and then teases in a two-line vocal bite from Tone Loc’s 80s hiphop party classic Funky Cold Medina.

On paper, This Brother sounds like a right old mish-mash. On the soundsystem, though, it sounds like an end-of-night anthem in the making…

Out: This week

About: You can find George and chums grooving on Soundcloud and Facebook.

DJ Dextro – We Can Make It

August 19, 2013 in Singles

DJ Dextro We Can Make It Groove On RecordsSomething of an oddity here from George Morel’s Groove On imprint.

Rolling along on a simple crisp, hip-swayin’ riddim and a lolloping two-note bassline, taking centre stage on We Can Make It is the Linda Clifford vocal from Akabu’s Ride The Storm, pitched down till it sounds like a rather camp male voice. For those of us that remember the original, the effect is disconcerting in the extreme! But in a good way.

Just the one mix promo’d so I needn’t detain you any longer…

Out: This has been on Beatport for a couple of weeks but it’s out everywhere else from Wednesday

About: You can find Groove On on Facebook or at their own website.

George Morel ft Joi Cardwell – I’m Lost

March 15, 2013 in Singles

George Morel feat Joi Cardwell I'm Lost Groove OnThe very welcome return here of a voice that hasn’t graced too many releases of late (that I’ve come across, anyway)… the mighty Miss Joi Cardwell, who here teams up with fellow NYC veteran George Morel on his Groove On label.

Miss Cardwell, of course, was the voice of one of my all-time favourite records, Joi+Jorio’s I Won’t Waste Your Time. Used to rinse the Jorio’s Dark Garage Feeling rub of that in particular, and with booming drums, menacing bass throb and sweet, sweet vox, the Morel’s Deep Mix of I’m Lost is almost like a return to those mid-90s glory days! The original, meanwhile, has a little less of the big room drama, but long on warbling Jersey-ish organs and with more of Miss Cardwell herself.

Classy stuff from two artists deserving of some serious respect.

Out: This week

About: You can find Groove On on Soundcloud, on Facebook or at their own website. This isn’t the week’s only Groove On release, either – look out also for the Mercato District EP from Andrew Wickes, featuring four more cuts in a tuff, big room style of which Jazzed Up stands out for me by far.