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Groove: Lounge Volume 1
(TVP Records)

04/04/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



4/4/2013 - The New Hampshire seacoast does have a certain funk-chilly vibe that flies  in the face of all the Van Morrison-grubbing fedora-hat blues-folkies who dominate the live scene. If I’m reading this album’s unsolvable info-pack correctly, upstart local label TVP released this comp last year, with help from the Dover Brickhouse food-place/music venue, in time for the tourist rush, its mission to fill every laser-groove with downtempo/jazz/funk/indie-hiphop sounds from local artists. Yeah, I had the same reaction as you did when I read what the deal is, never expecting that a bunch of sheltered Portsmouth slackers could coordinate something that sounds like Compost Records put it out, if not Warp in the old days, but it’s a focused, consistent effort, not a set of random paid-up vanity appearances from nobodies. After some average-Joe chill and hazy funkadelic songs, local producer Andrew Riordan puts up some nice acid-jazz loops for L.A. diva Genevieve Going’s voice, at which point the whole record makes enough sense to feel right despite the on-again-off-again beat-matching connecting the songs. The first rap-fest shows up at track 6, with three different hiphoppers doing basic honky-underground flows, followed up by an ambitious attempt at Blackstreet/Bone Thugs filibustering (“Pocket Money”). A- 






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