Grooverider ‎– Mysteries Of Funk

Higher Ground ‎– HIGH6LP
4 × Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Album, Limited Edition, 180g
Box Set

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A01 Cybernetic Jazz 9:10
B01 Rainbows Of Colour
Vocals [Guest Vocalist] – Roya Arab
B02 Stay With Me 10:01
B03 Rainbows Of Colour (Heavens Breath)
Vocals [Guest Vocalist] – Roya Arab
C01 On The Double 8:45
C02 560° 5:40
D01 C Funk
Bass Guitar – Tom HarrisonVocals – Cleveland Watkiss
D02 Rivers Of Congo 6:58
E01 Where's Jack The Ripper? 8:07
F01 Time & Space
Bass Guitar – Tom HarrisonTrumpet – Andrew BlickVocals – Sophie Barker
G01 Imagination (Parts 1&2)
Vocals – Sophie Barker
G02 Imagination (Part 3)
Vocals – Sophie Barker
H01 Starbase 23 8:27
H02 Fly With Me 1:56

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On sticker:
Strictly limited edition
Supaheavyweight 4-piece
Vinyl box set

℗ 1998 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
© 1998 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
All tracks published by Chrysalis Music Ltd/Mute Song Ltd. Except track B01 and track B03 published by Chrysalis Music Ltd/Mute Song Ltd/Copyright Control.
Original sound recording made by Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

All tracks recorded at Instrument Studios except tracks A01, D02, E01 and H01 recorded at Prototype Studios and track C02 recorded at Optical Studios.
Management: Trenton Harrison @ NUR Management.

On backside:
This album is dedicated to Murray B - Dreamscape 1996 R.I.P & Stevie Hyper D - 1998 R.I.P.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 099749 165816
  • Label Code: LC 0162
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, stamped): 31 491658 20 1A 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, etched): Stu.
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, stamped): 31 491658 20 2B 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side C, stamped): 31 491658 20 1C 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side D, stamped): 31 491658 20 1D 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side E, stamped): 31 491658 20 1E 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side F, stamped): 31 491658 20 1F 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side G, stamped): 31 491658 20 1G 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side H, stamped): 31 491658 20 1H 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A center label, printed): HIGH6LPA
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B center label, printed): HIGH6LPB
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C center label, printed): HIGH6LPC
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D center label, printed): HIGH6LPD
  • Matrix / Runout (Side E center label, printed): HIGH6LPE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side F center label, printed): HIGH6LPF
  • Matrix / Runout (Side G center label, printed): HIGH6LPG
  • Matrix / Runout (Side H center label, printed): HIGH6LPH
  • Rights Society: MCPS
  • Rights Society: BIEM
  • Rights Society: SDRM
  • Other: CB283
  • Other: VX

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
491658 2 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Dance Pool, Sony Music Entertainment (Australia) Limited 491658 2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
758.504/2-491658 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Dance Pool 758.504/2-491658 Brazil 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69552 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Columbia CK 69552 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69552 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Columbia CK 69552 US 1998 Sell This Version
ESCA 7320~7321, ESCA 7320~1 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(2xCD, Album, Ltd) Epic Records, Epic Records, Higher Ground, Higher Ground ESCA 7320~7321, ESCA 7320~1 Japan 1998 Sell This Version


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November 27, 2018
Dark bitches brew jungle jazz from the future. The opening track ‘Cybernetic jazz’ says it all. A huge intro with star trek samples and horns leads into a heavy drop, but its not over - there’s more twists and turns into outer space. The Grooverider/Optical combo is just sonically perfect. Track after impressive track, this album still amazes me.


November 20, 2013
I have accidentally picked up two copies of this secondhand and I was just inspecting them to see which I would sell. I discovered that one of them seems to be pressed on 'superheavyweight' 180g (or maybe even 200g - it's pretty thick!) and the other seems like a lighter pressing more akin to 150g (or 180 is the first is 200). Does anyone know of the varied pressing weights for this? Is one a repress? There is absolutely no difference in serial numbers, runout grooves, the sleeves, barcodes, labels or anything else - just the pressing weight. I am guessing that it was repressed maybe to meet demand when it was released and the repress was sneakily pressed on a lighter weight but still marketed as the same 'superheavyweight'?


February 17, 2006
edited over 13 years ago

On The Double -
My particular favourite track on this LP is ‘On The Double'; the magnum opus of Grooverider and a giddy high point for Drum & Bass music showcasing the Seventies Afrofunk sound that Groove was so heavily influenced by. As the title suggests, a live double bass is plucked throughout in perfect percussive harmony with the warm muted drums, unhurried in tempo and providing a perfect lazy bed for the subdued brass and wind instruments interspersing throughout. The midway cadence, laced with subtle drum rolls, is deftly superseded by a new permutation of the double bass rhythm which rolls all the way to the end.

Credit too must go to Optical who seems to have really picked up on Grooverider’s vibe. Using his expertise in such masterful compression of the drums, the listener, on a good system, could almost be in the same room as the drummer and double bass player.