Leeds based Scot Graeme Shepherd, better known as Grum, seems to have settled into his niche as one of the UK’s finest purveyors of uplifting progressive dance music. Having started his career with a bit of a Dreamwave slant to his is music; Grum has run the musical gauntlet of SynthWave, Euphoric Trance, Electro-House and finally ended up in a place where all those styles can merge together into one glorious big-room sound. As one of our favourite producers in the country we always rely on Grum to deliver those kind of big dance tunes they make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and have you reaching for the lasers.
Having released his début, Builder, the legendary Anjunabeats label back in May of this year, Grum is now following that up with his brand new double A-side release. The two tracks, Something About You and First Contact, were released last week and both are some of his most immediate work to date.
Something About You is an energetic flurry of razor sharp synths and arpeggios. With pitched down, and up, vocal snatches riding a wave of swirling leads and rapid-fire drum rolls powering the tracks energy, Grum delivers a perfectly timed like the breakdown that elevates of the track’s tension until it crashes back in with a cavalcade of mesmerizing melodies. Definitely one for the hands-in-the-air crowd.
A deeper side to Grum is displayed on the flip-side, First Contact. Utilising his Dreamwave roots, First Contact brings nostalgic hooks and shuffling beats, perfect for losing yourself on the dancefloor too. A crisp digital baseline gives the track a mechanized groove that nicely contrasts with the Balearic leads for some romantic sunrise funk. First Contact would probably be our favourite of the two tracks.
Early next month one of our favourite producers of the finest euphoric tunes, Mr. Grum, makes his début on the legendary Anjunabeats. This incoming EP is called Trine, a three track juggernaut of which our pick of the pack is Builder. Annie Mac premièred the track earlier this month and it kinda’ slipped on out ‘things to write about’ list; but seeing as how we don’t really give a toss about being ‘first’ to write about stuff and whatnot, here it is in all it’s hands-in-the-air glory.
Grum pours all of his big-room talents into this one. A crisp and clean progressive track that owes much to the man’s love of 90s euphoric tunes but also brings a contemporary UK neo-Deep House sound. The track’s a nice mix of machine grooves with a human, soulful sheen. As the robotic bassline leads to ever onward toward the breakdown it’s easy to see Builder going down a storm in the early hours.
In a true Bristolian meeting of minds Progressive pioneer and Way Out Wester Jody Wisternoff has enlisted the help of Sian Evans, from the amazing Kosheen, for his new single. Out this week on Anjunadeep, it’s titled The Bridge; his first single in 2015. As you’d expect from Wisternoff it’s classic and timeless Dance music that’s fit for summer revelry.
The Bridge is a rock solid Balearic slice of chilled jubilation. Adding a modern twist to a truly pioneering sound, Jody serves up something that will appeal to both fans of his, and Way Out West’s historic releases and contemporary dancefloor groovers. Sian Evans instantly recognisable vocals take on an ethereal tone, adding an air of enigma to the tune as Wisternoff builds the tune to it’s euphoric finale.
Straight To Your Heart is the forthcoming new single from Scottish Londoner Grum that got it’s première at the weekend on Annie Mac’s show. It’s been a long time coming, but Grum has now jumped head first into the waters of Euphoric Trance it seems, always on the cards, his latest is pure sunrise goodness. Can you hands get any higher?
Rolling on a big hypnotic piano hook, Straight To Your Heart wields it’s big room credentials like a proggy weapon.. Assaulting you with rumbling bass, huge vocal hooks and that unrelenting funky piano. Grum always knows to get right to the emotional core of dance music, and Straight To Your Heart is no different; featuring all the big rushes you’d want on the dancefloor. While you’re here, check out his new reMix for Prides too. A massive, swirling Trance tune, that would have feel right at home of the likes of Platypus records back int he day, with a tiny Dreamwave twist.
♫ Grum – Straight To Your Heart (Radio Rip)
♫ Prides – I Should Know You Better (Grum reMix) (Radio Rip)
Working Miracles is one of two B-sides to Hercules And Love Affair’s new single Do You Feel The Same?, released ahead of Andy Butler and crew’s forthcoming The Feast Of The Broken Heart album. The A-side is a spacious funky Acid Disco monster, so H&LA deliver something deeper for the flipside.
After a shaky piano and sample intro, Working Miracles drop and thumping, almost Psy Trance, beat. Undulating and hypnotic, the groove builds and builds into an ecclectic and bassy House juggernaut. Taking cues from their Industrial roots and their Warehouse DNA, Working Miracles moves in both dancefloor and avant-garde circles.
♫ Hercules And Love Affair – Working Miracles
Hercules And Love Affair’s Do You Feel The Same? single is released 14th April.
If you want a way to start you week big, then look no further than the latest reMix from the man like Grum. Taking on Drum ‘N’ Bass superstars Sigma’s latest single, Nobody To Love, Grum engages the duo in a competition to see who can make the most massive sounds, and who can drive the energy levels though the roof. Game on!
With his new album’s release finally on the horizon, Grum gets the anticipation going with this onslaught of huge synths and irresistible beats. Seriously blurring the boundaries between big room House and Euphoric Trance, Grum just delivers tracks to give you chills. Swelling pads, rapid twisting leads, growling basslines, this one has it all. And with that soaring vocal on top it’s a guaranteed floorfiller. If anyone is going to bring back hands-in-the-air Trance, it’s Grum, but this time with a retro flair.
OK kids, pencils down and pay attention, there’s a new reMix from Mr. Grum on the scene. This time around Grum’s subject matter is young Dutch producer Martin Garrix, who in suitably Dutch producer fashion is a purveyor of all things big room, Prog Housey, Trancey, and cheese filled. Taking Garrix’s ‘hit’, Animals, Grum proceeds to make things a bit slicker, a bit more sophisticated, without loosing any of the dancefloor euphoria.
Grum loads up on big swirling synths for this one. By this time Grum has amassed enough experience with a wide variety of dancefloor styles that he can effortlessly meld them into one monster whole. Crisp lead lines, burbling basses, and the perfect build, all lead into a 303 tweaking finale that sees Grum in new Acid-Techno territories. A massive floor destroyer that we fully expect is going to get caned over the coming months.
Dreamwave heroes Futurecop!’s new tune, featuring retro ElectroPop’s man of the moment Patrick Baker on vocals, starts off sounding like Shiny Toy Guns. It’s doesn’t keep sounding like Shiny Toy Guns, but those opening few bars are enough to hook you in to this massive ElectroPop epic.
In fact, there’s a lot about Living In A Daydream that throwsback to that certain crop of early-to-mid 2000’s electronic Emo bands, but with added big room synths and Progressive House sensibilities. Big leads and rousing pads fill the track to bursting point while Baker eschews his usual soulful vocal take for something a little more energetic and Poppy. The end result is fun, youthful, slightly nostalgic, but utterly optimistic. Power ElectroPop at it’s finest.
♫ Futurecop! (Feat. Patrick Baker) – Living In A Daydream
Futurecop!’s new album, Hopes, Dreams & Alienation is released 31st August.
It’s been a long time since we heard an original tune from Germany’s finest digitalfoxglove. Mostly, the man has had his attention focused on his work as part of Dreamwave superheroes Ride The Universe, but he still gets the occasional moment to get his solo groove on. He’s gearing up to release a new EP under the digitalfoxglove moniker and last night he dropped our first taste of what’s to come, Daytona.
Daytona is surprisingly SynthWave for producer with some of the slickest Nu-Disco skills on the planet. With not a Disco lick in sight, digitalfoxglove stands shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Mitch Murder and Miami Nights 1984 as he delivers a blistering Outrun tune, a frantic synthesizer speedway loaded with rolling arpeggios and soaring leads. digitalfoxglove takes his pin-sharp production and applies it to the euphoric, emotional rush of a cracking SynthWave tune to soundtrack all your clichéd night drives.