Grooverider ‎– Mysteries Of Funk

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HIGH6CD Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Higher Ground HIGH6CD UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
none Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk Edited Version(Cass, Album) Higher Ground none UK 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
HIGH6CDX Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Gat) Higher Ground HIGH6CDX UK & Europe 1998 Sell This Version
HIGH6LP Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(4x12", Album, Ltd, 180 + Box) Higher Ground HIGH6LP UK 1998 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
CK 69552 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Columbia CK 69552 US 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
491658 2 Grooverider Mysteries Of Funk(CD, Album) Dance Pool, Sony Music Entertainment (Australia) Limited 491658 2 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
Z 066 Grooverider Mysteries of Funk(Cass, Album) Muzik Z 066 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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Moonbass1

Moonbass1

November 27, 2018
referencing Mysteries Of Funk, 4x12", Album, Ltd, 180 + Box, HIGH6LP
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.
EvilRoger

EvilRoger

January 23, 2015
referencing Mysteries Of Funk, CD, Album, HIGH6CD

wow, what a nice neuro bassline in 560 degrees. pure class !
joegarlick

joegarlick

November 20, 2013
referencing Mysteries Of Funk, 4x12", Album, Ltd, 180 + Box, HIGH6LP
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'?
scoundrel

scoundrel

January 18, 2013
referencing Mysteries Of Funk, 2xCD, Album, Ltd, Gat, HIGH6CDX

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.
jonnyh179

jonnyh179

January 31, 2012
referencing Mysteries Of Funk, 2xCD, Album, Ltd, Gat, HIGH6CDX

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.
LIFELINE

LIFELINE

February 17, 2006
edited over 13 years ago
referencing Mysteries Of Funk, 4x12", Album, Ltd, 180 + Box, HIGH6LP

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.