The underrated tag isn’t easily attributed to Detroit names, considering how highly-rated most of them are, but you’d be hard pressed to argue against Scott Grooves. He’s been making house music with feeling since 1993 that bridges Detroit’s soul and techno heritage, has collaborated with Roy Ayes, George Clinton and Daft Punk, and even enjoyed a brief stint in the UK charts. His skill and credentials can go toe-to-toe with the city’s most famous exports, but prefers to operate more in the shadows, on his own terms and at his own pace.
This pace is uncharacteristically serene on his Advent Calendar donation. “A cool down period is highly recommended after a vigorous exercise workout, the same can be true for me in the DJ realm,” Scott poses, introducing the headspace that inspired ‘BlueBlack’. “After a heavy set I like to decompress with my own private collection of ‘cool down’ music to slow the heart and breath rate to a nice calm.” Like a thick fog rolling in, ‘BlueBlack’ is a dense yet tranquil soundscape which cools, calms and engulfs. The murmuring bass swells like deep water while shimmering synths ripple on the surface. A contemplative piece which offers respite from today’s chaos, it is “just one of a collection of cool down creations I plan to release”, he tells us.
Preferring the physical format over full online listening, Scott rarely uploads full clips of his music to Bandcamp, so it’s a considerable honour he’d take part in this year’s Calendar. “I’m inspired to be part of this charitable cause. Had I not been involved, this composition may have never seen the light of day!”
Scott Grooves reinterprets Manuel Göttsching’s classic on E2-E4 Reframed.
Our 2018 Advent Calendar is in aid of Julie’s Bicycle, a non-profit that supports the creative industry to take action on climate change. All money raised through Bandcamp sales goes directly to Green Riders, a new campaign that will help will create more sustainable collective practices in the music industry. If you’re a DJ, artist, venue, promoter or just curious, join the Green Riders campaign here.
More info about Green Riders
The Green Riders campaign will provide tools, resources, and a community for artists and their teams to exchange advice, ideas and experiences, working alongside venues, festivals, labels and promoters to take action on climate change. It will launch in full in 2019, Sign-up on the website to join the campaign and get more information from Julie’s Bicycle.
More info about Julie’s Bicycle
Julie’s Bicycle is a London-based not for profit that supports the global creative community to take action on climate change and the environment. We believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to drive positive change that can transform our world. Founded in 2007 from within the UK music industry, Julie’s Bicycle has established itself as an internationally trusted source of guidance supporting creative businesses to embed environmental sustainability into their work.
Artwork throughout the series is made by Emily Evans.