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.


May 23, 2023 76 mins

"Muzi" is a South African singer, songwriter, DJ and producer who has released 4 studio albums since 2016, and who mixes traditional sounds with a new electronic approach.

On this episode we discuss everything from his background, to his creative approaches and how fatherhood fundamentally changed his outlook to a career in music.

"Roots to Grooves" is a production of SIGNL.

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"MØ" is the stage name of Danish singer, songwriter and electronic pop artist "Karen Ørsted".

MØ started her musical career in mid-2000's Copenhagen where she wrote and performed in a number of acts in the city's punk scene. From there her network grew and she started to make featured guest appearances on a number of EDM tracks from the likes of Avicii and Major Lazer. In fact it was her break-out track with Major Lazer, "Lean On" w...

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April 25, 2023 52 mins

MisterWives are a 5 piece indie pop/rock band originally formed in 2012 in New York, when lead singer Mandy Lee wanted an 80s cover band for her prom themed 18th birthday party. Guitarist William Hehir stepped up to help, enlisting a few of his musician friends and before long the whole group were writing original music together.

After a few initial shows around New York, the band were signed at one pivotal show at the now closed Ca...

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April 19, 2023 54 mins

Wu-Lu is Miles Romans-Hopcraft, a music producer from South London who defies genre categorization.

A lot of newer listeners may be familiar with his punk infused 2nd album "LOGGERHEAD", his debut release on the legendary Warp Records. But Wu-Lu's history goes back further than that, incorporating numerous collaborations, singles and EP's, each one with a unique sound.

Join us as we discuss the sounds and creative approaches of "Wu-L...

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April 4, 2023 44 mins

Originally born in Jamaica, and relocating to Virginia USA at the age of 8, Masego is a multi-talented solo artist, saxophonist and music producer who has coined his own genre, "Trap-House-Jazz".

Masego is the stage name of "Micah Davis" who, by all accounts, grew up in a traditional and religious household. He was however surrounded by music growing up. At home his bedroom was also the place where his parents kept their large colle...

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March 28, 2023 45 mins

Cleo Sol has kind of had two careers in music so far.

In the late 2000's she had a major label deal with Island Records, and put out a few singles which gained moderate mainstream success in the UK. After recording an entire album which should have been her debut, Cleo decided to shelve it and go on a hiatus that would last over 5 years.

When Cleo decided to return to music, she did it on her own terms, with all new material that is ...

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March 21, 2023 45 mins

At only 24 years old, Steve Lacy has managed to rack up an impressive list of credits. Not only was his first ever music project the album "Ego Death" by The Internet, he has also performed, featured and produced for the likes of Tyler the Creator, Solange Knowles, Kendrick Lamar and many others.

What is even more striking is that this young singer-songwriter also produced and released a lot of his early work solely with the use of ...

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March 14, 2023 48 mins

At only 24 years old, Joy Crookes has already achieved what many artists dream of. An appearance on "Colors" which reached millions of viewers across the world, performing live at the Glastonbury Music Festival, and selling out her own debut European tour.

Joy's lyrics are full of narrative, and she certainly has opinions on modern day Britain.

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March 7, 2023 41 mins

With four full length albums under the belt, this Chicago five piece have been described as a mix somewhere between Tame Impala, Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd, and also count Joe Keery (aka Steve Harrington from "Stranger Things") as a founding member.

Join us as we dive into the sound and creative approaches of this still underground band.

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February 28, 2023 29 mins

"Shooting Stars" is a track that has been out in the wild for many years and you've probably heard it via the TV or, more likely, on a meme.

Despite the catchy track, there is more to the story of this Australian indietronica duo known as "Bag Raiders". Join Jay and Jesse as we discuss their creative approaches and spin a few of our favorite tunes.

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February 21, 2023 44 mins

This week we discuss controversial Sydney rockers "Sticky Fingers".

At one time this group described themselves as the "guinea pig for cancel culture". But was their cancellation justified and their own fault? As well as diving into the music Jay and Jesse discuss how this band might not have been prepared to deal with the negative media attention that came their way a few years ago, and how they bounced back to continue releasing n...

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February 8, 2023 40 mins

Amber Navran, Max Bryk and Andris Mattson originally met while studying jazz at USC, but it wasn't until Amber was going on a solo West Coast tour that the trio came together, originally to play her music for the tour, they soon bonded over a shared love of Neo Soul artists such as Erykah Badu and D'Angelo.

Since then "Moonchild" have seen steady, organic rise to their fan base. And it doesn't hurt that they have picked up a few fam...

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January 31, 2023 46 mins

Kele Okereke had been working on his band for quite some time before landing on a dedicated 4 piece line-up. After a year and a half of road testing their songs at clubs and pubs across London, it was a chance meeting at a Franz Ferdinand gig that Kele was able to hand over a demo CD of his band's material to a couple of the Franz members, as well as influential British radio DJ Steve Lamacq. From there, radio play and single relea...

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January 10, 2023 39 mins

"Biig Piig" is the stage name of Irish singer and rapper Jessica Smyth.

Her music has been described as "candlelight hip hop" by one reviewer, and others have compared her to Erykah Badu. But the reality is that Jess doesn't feel ready yet to put a label on her sound, or make a bold statement about the sonic direction she is going in. She has also yet to release a debut album, with only a back-catalogue of one-off singles and a few ...

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January 3, 2023 51 mins

"Local Natives" are a 5 piece indie rock band originally from Orange Country, now based in Los Angeles.

The group originally got together in high school, doing the traditional thing of rehearsing in their parents garage, and it was early on that they made a decision to harmonize all their vocals in a similar vein to their inspirations, "The Beach Boys" and "Crosby Stills and Nash".

After some members graduated college, and some dropp...

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December 20, 2022 48 mins

"Franc Moody" is an electronic/dance/funk duo made up of Ned Franc and Jon Moody.

The pair began their musical journey in separate bands, often playing what they call "Swamp Pop", a big-band style fusion of traditional rhythm and blues and country. They would play this music together with a collective of other musicians in a warehouse venue they dubbed "The Arch", where late nights and a rave-like atmosphere were common.

From those e...

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December 6, 2022 50 mins

"Fitz and The Tantrums" are a six piece pop outfit co-founded and led by singer Michael Fitzpatrick.

Usually for most pop groups, the formation of this band came about after Michael purchased an old church organ and was instantly inspired to start writing new music. Five phone calls and one rehearsal later, they were performing their first live show in LA.

Everything about this group seems to have happened instantly and spontaneously...

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November 22, 2022 42 mins

"Wombo" are a three piece band from Louisville, Kentucky.

Despite only being on the scene since around 2017, they have already released 3 full length albums and toured around the USA. But they are definitely still underground and on the tour grind.

Join us as we discuss their music and spin a few of our selections.

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November 1, 2022 37 mins

"Slow Pulp" are a four piece indie rock band from Madison, Wisconsin, now based in Chicago, Illinois.

The current line-up has only been officially around since 2017, but since that time they have released a slew of increasingly impressive EP's, leading up to their debut LP "Moveys" which was released in 2020.

Join us as we discuss this new and rising group.

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October 25, 2022 51 mins

"The xx" are a three piece electronic indie rock band based out of London.

This band started super young, releasing their debut album in their late teens which led to awards, critical acclaim and their own headline world tour. That might be a lot to take in for musicians of any age, let alone a teenager. But this group have managed to stay leveled headed and humble as they explore their very own unique personal sound.

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