Roots to Grooves

Roots to Grooves

"Roots to Grooves" explores the music, life and careers of musical artists from their earliest beginnings through to their most recent releases. Join musicians Jay Purcell and Jesse Quigley as they discuss a different artist each week, and share their own perspectives on the subject matters at hand. "Roots to Grooves" is a production of SIGNL.

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May 17, 2022 67 min

Tom Misch is a producer of downtempo, beats who incorporates his own vocals and jazz infused guitar playing into his tracks. Tom rose to prominence as a teenage bedroom producer in the 2010's, uploading his beats to SoundCloud. It wasn't long before his creations were catching the ears of DJ's and listeners across the globe.

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    Flying Lotus is Steven Ellison, a progressive electronic music producer fusing hip hop, jazz, and dubstep, into tasty cocktails of novel vibration. A descendant of the famed Coltrane family, Flying Lotus continues to supply high quality, inventive sound, pushing the boundaries of popular music.

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    May 3, 2022 62 min

    Eli Keszler is a New York based producer, performer, and percussionist, known for grand art installations and inventive compositions. Informed by improvisation and experimental noise, Eli Keszler utilizes unique techniques to create inventive motions of sound.

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    April 26, 2022 63 min

    Mount Kimbie is Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, an electronic duo from South Bank, London.

    Arguably responsible for popularizing the term ‘post-dubstep’, Mount Kimbie expand on the tenants of dubstep, anchored by drowsy electronica, bathed in hazy ambience.

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    April 19, 2022 77 min

    Joywave is a New York electro-pop indie band formed in 2010. After seeing success releasing collaborations with coincident artists, Joywave paved their way to acclaim with their own heavy hitting dance grooves and post-punk edge.

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    April 12, 2022 70 min

    Richard Ashcroft is Britain’s spiritual successor to the forefathers of English alternative rock. As lead songwriter and frontman for the renowned project, the Verve, Ashcroft’s mysterious and tortured soul entices you into his musical world via charismatic charm, emotional intensity, and sheer fervor for rock music.

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    April 5, 2022 66 min

    Kaytranada is Haitian born, Canadian raised, Louis Kevin Celestin. Finding a love for DJing and producing in his teens, Kaytranada released digital EPs, albums and remix compilations where he honed his skills with musical frills. Working with pillars of the industry, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Gorillaz, Kaytradana has woven his way into the hearts and minds of music contemporaries across the globe.

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    March 29, 2022 74 min

    "Zero 7" is the legendary European downtempo pop group with releases spanning 3 decades. Beginning as tea boys at a London recording studio, producers Henry Binns and Sam Hardeker began releasing their own pop influenced electronica and ambient jazz. "Zero 7" continues to explore the likes of acid jazz, funk, and laid-back soul as they expand their collection of enduring style, and music worthwhile.

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    March 22, 2022 74 min

    "Hauschka" is the solo project of German pianist, composer and producer Volker Bertelmann.

    Volker's approach to music is described as "Prepared Piano", a technique which sees him experiment with the piano by placing objects between the strings to create new and unique sounds. It is a technique which he discovered completely by accident, before he found that other pianists have been doing the same thing, going bac...

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    March 15, 2022 83 min

    "Unknown Mortal Orchestra" is the musical project from singer, guitarist and songwriter Ruban Nielson.

    Ruban was born in Darwin Australia, but moved to New Zealand when he was a child. His first artistic inclinations were towards illustration, being influenced by comic books ranging from Spiderman to Spawn. Despite having parents that were heavily into music, it wasn't until Ruban turned 19 that he finally decided to lea...

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    March 8, 2022 69 min

    Leon Michels grew up in New York, picking up the Saxophone while he was in high school. His teachers introduced him to early jazz from artists such as Benny Goodman and Duke Ellington.

    It was his encounter with the musicians that would go on to form "Budos Band" that introduced him to the world of deep funk and afrobeat, and from there Leon would go on to experiment with his own recordings, initially on a multitrack reel-to-...

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    March 1, 2022 62 min

    "Deerhunter" are an American rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, originally formed in 2001 by frontman Bradford Cox (vocals, guitar, keyboards) and drummer Moses Archuleta.

    Bradford prefers an organic approach to writing and recording, which means he favors a sound that doesn't sound too planned or orchestrated. This was most evident in their early releases where a punk rock, lofi garage sound fused with meandering arrangem...

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    February 22, 2022 54 min

    This week we are doing a special listener suggestion episode, from Kyle Brown, who releases music under the name "Kite Vendor".

    "DIIV" are a four piece indie rock band based out of Brooklyn, New York.

    The project originally started after lead songwriter and frontman Zachary Cole Smith left the band "Beach Fossils", for whom he was playing drums for. Cole started by writing and demoing material in his bedroom, ...

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    February 15, 2022 60 min

    "Django Django" are a British art rock band based in London England.

    The four piece originally met while studying in Edinburgh. The genesis of the project came from drummer/producer David Maclean, who approached music from a DJ background, primarily beat juggling hip hop before getting into other genres of dance music. When David discovered the drums he would initially record short live loops to incorporate into his DJ sets....

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    February 9, 2022 63 min

    "Jordan Rakei" is a multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter and producer based in London.

    Jordan was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia as a child. He got into music via his parents record collection which included artists such as Stevie Wonder and Pink Floyd. As a musician it was the music of Stevie Wonder that would inspire Jordan to tech himself the piano, originally studying Stevie's chord progressions.

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    February 1, 2022 49 min

    "Angus & Julia Stone" are a brother and sister indie folk duo originally from Sydney, Australia.

    These siblings grew up with music in their veins, given the fact that their father, John Stone, was a fledgling musician throughout their childhood. In fact some of Julia's earliest musical memories were that of hearing the bass vibrations coming from their household basement as she was falling asleep, and as her father w...

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    January 25, 2022 57 min

    "Beach House" are a dream-pop duo formed in 2004 by singer/keyboardist Victoria Legrand and guitarist/keyboardist Alex Scally.

    The duo came together over a mutual interest in similar musical tastes, with influences ranging from Neil Young to Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys. At the time Victoria was already in a band and recruited Alex to play bass, but the project became frustrating for Victoria since it wasn't going anyw...

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    January 18, 2022 47 min

    On this edition of Roots to Grooves, Jay and Jesse discuss the sonic world of elusive producer/artist "Bastien Keb". We say elusive, because despite putting out 3 full length albums since 2015, he hardly gives any interviews and most press coverage is limited to reviews of his releases. Whether this is intentional on Bastien's part or not, it's certain to say that his music speaks louder than any other supplemental ...

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    January 11, 2022 45 min

    Formed in 2011 "Alvvays" are an indie pop band currently based in Toronto.

    The five piece have actually known each other since childhood. Lead singer Molly and her best friend keyboardist Kerri were next door neighbors, while the three other members grew up separately but were introduced after guitarist Alec met Molly at a show. 

    Molly comes from a large family were music was always present, "The Rankin Family" being ...

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    January 4, 2022 51 min

    The four piece Brooklyn indie rock band "Grizzly Bear" originally started out as a collection of songs written and recorded by frontman Ed Droste, however feeling that he didn't want to release a solo project, or shine the light on himself, he ended up recruiting fellow musicians Christopher Bear, Chris Taylor and Daniel Rossen in order to bring his project to the live stage, and for a debut US tour.

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