Grooverider ‎– Mysteries Of Funk

Higher Ground ‎– HIGH6CDX
2 × CD, Album, Limited Edition, Gatefold Sleeve

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1-01 Cybernetic Jazz 12:18
1-02 Rainbows Of Colour
Vocals – Roya Arab
1-03 On The Double 8:45
1-04 Time & Space
Bass Guitar – Tom HarrisonTrumpet – Andrew BlickVocals – Sophie Barker
1-05 Where's Jack The Ripper 9:15
1-06 Fly With Me 1:56
1-07 C Funk
Bass Guitar – Tom HarrisonVocals – Cleveland Watkiss
2-01 Starbase 23 10:19
2-02 Time & Space (Heaven Mix) 3:03
2-03 Rivers Of Congo 8:29
2-04 Imagination (Parts 1 & 2)
Vocals – Sophie Barker
2-05 560° 7:22
2-06 Imagination (Part 3)
Vocals – Sophie Barker
2-07 Stay With Me 10:01
2-08 Rainbows Of Colour (Heavens Breath)
Vocals – Roya Arab

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Strictly limited edition double CD set with longer versions and two more tracks.

All tracks recorded at Instrument Studios. except tracks 1-01, 1-05, 2-01 and 2-03 recorded at Prototype Studios and track 2-05 recorded at Optical Studios.

℗1998 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
©1998 Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.
Original sound recording made by Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd. The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd.

All tracks published by Chrysalis Music Ltd./Mute Song Ltd. except
tracks 1-02 and 2-08 published by Chrysalis Music Ltd./Mute Song Ltd./Copyright Control.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 099749 165892
  • Label Code: LC 0162
  • Rights Society: MCPS/BIEM/SDRM
  • Other (Distribution Codes): DCF CB811 2CDC
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1): DADC Austria A0100251885-0102 13
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2): DADC Austria A0100251885-0202 13
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L553
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 1): IFPI 942P
  • Mould SID Code (Disc 2): IFPI 9440
  • Other: 31-491658-11

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
HIGH6CD Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Higher Ground HIGH6CD UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Z 066 Grooverider Mysteries of Funk(Cass, Album) Muzik Z 066 UK 1999 Sell This Version
HIGH6CD Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Higher Ground HIGH6CD UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
CK 69552 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Columbia CK 69552 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
none Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk Edited Version(Cass, Album) Higher Ground none UK 1998 Sell This Version


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January 18, 2013

Grooverider's only album, MYSTERIES OF FUNK, came while he was at the top of the drum'n'bass world, and from "Cybernetic Jazz," you can hear why: the thick beats and deep jazz bass that transforms into tech-step halfway through then back again. Roya Arab's vocals on "Rainbows of Colour" intersects with the beats in an unexpected way, which makes for an interesting track. "On the Double" is all about the detective funk, while "Time and Space" dives further into the jazz . If you want more aggression, "Where's Jack the Ripper" fits the bill (with Optical perhaps showing more of his hand here), and "C Funk" maintains the roughness while adding a scat vocal. "Starbase 23," on the other hand, starts out more mellow and spacey before the beats come in force, and "Time & Space (Heaven Mix)" maintains the mellowness throughout (with bongos!). But if you're expecting tribal sounds on "Rivers of Congo," there are a few, but they're certainly secondary. The horns go crazy at the start of "Imagination (Parts 1 & 2)," but it's the bass that keeps things steady (on "Part 3," however, the beat goes downtempo and mysterious). "560 Degrees" edges into skittery darkness, and "Stay With Me" has a touch of whispery menace. With this album, Grooverider manages to find some of the clues to solve the mystery.


January 31, 2012

it took an ertinity to come out & all the tunes were being battered on plate for ages by all the inner circle of the scene back then. Showcasing the immense talents of a certain Optical on production & engineering, this is a masterpiece, as good if not better than Goldies Timeless imo. The quality of the production is second to none & as the title suggests, oozing with funk but still with that darkside that the Rider championed back in the late 90's. It has to be said he was the DON back then so where did it all go wrong for him??? Anyway, highlights include on the double, C funk & imagination & of course the huge anthem that is where's Jack the ripper, try to get hold of the limited digi doublepack for longer versions plus extra tunage.