Rocks In The Attic #40: Various Artists – ‘At Home With The Groovebox’ (2000)

Rocks In The Attic #40: Various Artists - ‘At Home With The Groovebox’ (2000)I think I bought this album as it had a song by Bis on it – and probably because a lot of other decent bands / artists also contribute a song – Beck, Air, Pavement, Sonic Youth and Sean Lennon amongst others.

Essentially, this album is a celebration of the Roland MC-505 – or the Groovebox of the album’s title. In fact, I believe Roland coined the name ‘Groovebox’ for the 505’s predecessor – the 303 – but that’s probably one of the nerdiest things I know.

I wasn’t blown away by this album – the range of artists is so disparate that there’s no cohesion in style, although all the tracks have obviously got the same common denominator of a Roland synth as the driving force behind the composition.

Hit: Popcorn 1998 (Instrumental) – Gershon Kingsley

Hidden Gem: Insects Are All Around Us – Money Mark

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