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