Sungrooves

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When a listener insists that he/she dislikes electronica in general, the listener might be speaking the truth -- perhaps he/she really does have a distaste for all forms of electronica. Period. But in many cases, those who claim to dislike all electronica actually do appreciate some forms of electronica; someone who doesn't care for techno might like chillout or downtempo music, but associates the term electronica with the harsher forms of rave music which, like free jazz and death metal, is definitely an acquired taste. The point is that electronica is quite vast and diverse -- and someone who doesn't care for one type of electronica might have a much easier time ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When a listener insists that he/she dislikes electronica in general, the listener might be speaking the truth -- perhaps he/she really does have a distaste for all forms of electronica. Period. But in many cases, those who claim to dislike all electronica actually do appreciate some forms of electronica; someone who doesn't care for techno might like chillout or downtempo music, but associates the term electronica with the harsher forms of rave music which, like free jazz and death metal, is definitely an acquired taste. The point is that electronica is quite vast and diverse -- and someone who doesn't care for one type of electronica might have a much easier time getting into another. Those who fancy the smoother side of electronica will have an easy time getting into Sungrooves, which focuses on downtempo, house, and chillout, and sometimes incorporates Brazilian and Caribbean elements. This CD finds DJ/producer Mark Riva providing a nonstop 78-minute dance mix, and the ambiance that prevails is smooth and sleek yet consistently rhythmic. Riva uses repetition wisely; musical hypnosis was obviously the goal, and the grooves that he chooses -- which range from Russ Gabriel's "Second Summer" to P'taah's "Staring at the Sun" -- tend to be dreamy and exuberant at the same time. Sungrooves is a perfect example of congenial, feel-good escapism for the dance floor, and what Riva does on this release is arguably an early 2000s equivalent of the dance-and-be-happy aesthetic that club hounds expected from Chic in the late '70s, or Inner City and Soul II Soul in the late '80s and early '90s. Those who are intimidated by the more abrasive forms of electronica needn't be fearful of Sungrooves, which is a pleasing -- if rather predictable -- example of how lush electronic club music can be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2003
  • Label: Kriztal Records
  • UPC: 610205300524
  • Catalog Number: 3005
  • Sales rank: 349,562

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Staring at the Sun - Sylvia Gordon (6:53)
  2. 2 Isabella Sunshine - Cassady (4:55)
  3. 3 Shine On - Carol C. (5:10)
  4. 4 Awakening - Bárbara Méndes (5:39)
  5. 5 Feeling - Kevin Yost (5:24)
  6. 6 Como Um Sol - Mr. Hermano (7:59)
  7. 7 Mar - Wagon Cookin' (4:48)
  8. 8 Second Summer - Russ Gabriel (2:57)
  9. 9 Felicidad Nova - John Beltran (4:48)
  10. 10 Dedicado - Rivera Rotation (4:51)
  11. 11 Haitari (6:07)
  12. 12 Natural High - Ive Mendes (5:39)
  13. 13 Nights Over Vauxhall - Cuica (5:24)
  14. 14 Brazilou (1:50)
  15. 15 Natural, Pt. 2 - Afro-Mystik (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mark Riva Primary Artist
Facundo Cabral Vocals
Don Freeman Keyboards
Phil Owen Guitar
John Beltran Vocals
Russ Gabriel Bass, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer, Peruvian Flute
Ben Mitchell Percussion
Mark Edwards Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Carol C. Vocals
Bárbara Méndes Vocals
Jeff "The Funkmaster" Walker Bass, Classical Guitar
Ive Mendes Vocals
Mario Infanti Guitar
Luis Garavado Bass, fender rhodes
Javier Jr. Geravalde Flute, Percussion, Drums, Saxophone, fender rhodes
Ludovic Beier Accordion
Anna Bresnic Cello
Elmar Schubert Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards
Erika Koberlein Vocals
Sarah Lalande Vocals
Robin Lurie Percussion
Technical Credits
Peter Herbert Composer, Producer
Robin Millar Producer
B. Mitchell Composer
François K Producer
Kevin Yost Arranger, Composer, Producer
John Beltran Composer, Producer
Russ Gabriel Composer, Producer
Chris Brann Composer, Producer
Dave Warrin Composer, Producer
Ben Mitchell Producer
T. Burrus Composer
Chris Frazer Smith Producer
Chris Fleming Producer
Cassady Producer
Ive Mendes Composer
Lars Bartkuhn Producer, Remixing
Marek Bartkuhn Producer, Remixing
Simone Serritella Composer, Producer
Seb Bertrand Producer
Luis Garavado Programming
Javier Jr. Geravalde Programming
Sylvia Gordon Composer
Ludovic Beier Arranger, Composer
Gilles Cardoni Composer, Producer
Peter Hennecke Composer, Producer
Elmar Schubert Composer, Producer
DJ Léonard Arranger
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