Get down. I mean it. Get down. Get down off that high horse that keeps you from diggin something that has an old flavor. I came across this song not too long ago. Michael the man I’d been conversing with in the band Groove Bucket let me know they were working on getting onto iTunes. Well, I checked last night and sho’ ‘nuf it was there so here it is for me presenting it to you.
In case you couldn’t tell, or maybe this is your first day checkin’ out Single of the Day, I’ve got a few facets to my personality. Most of the time people take me pretty seriously with my music. As much as I attempt to inject some humor it never seems to shine through. So it kinda filtered over into my official website. The current incarnation came from me attempting to do research in to what fans wanted out of a site. Why? Well let’s say that I used to go way overboard with attempting to make it a multimedia feast, before that was popular.
People would complain they wanted certain things quick and also to be somewhat easy to print out if necessary. So I scrapped all my fancy stuff and put together a very clean (somewhat boring) website that loads very fast as it’s most text based with a few pictures. Well, I’ve gone through an image make over and it’s high time I translate it to the website. In an effort to make it more colorful and funky I’m changing things up. I’m going more towards the high tech side of things, but working on retaining some of the loading speed, if I can. It will become essentially one page utilizing AJAX to load the information that someone clicks on. The page itself will be of true CSS with PNG images and a very cool Flash based futuristic iPod (that I’m creating). Thus once the page is loaded, there won’t be a need to reload all the heavy graphics that will make up the eye candy of the site.
it will certainly be a shock to the system when fans see it. Hopefully it will provide a cooler surfing experience and help to pull in additional traffic and fans. The ultimate choice I’ve decided to make is that I will code the site to CSS open standards, which means the site will look and act mostly the same in all browsers except for… You guessed it – Internet Explorer. In an effort for me to not have to hack into my site to make sure it’s viewed properly, I’m simply going to have a piece of code that informs IE surfers that the site will not likely look or run as intended. It’s a bold move on my part as half of my traffic comes from IE browsers. But I’m tired of supporting a company that can’t get with the times and render sites properly, or that deliberately disables functionality of Flash. I’ll let you know when it’s finished.
Because I’m getting into the game eye candy game again and since I’ll be having a cool media device to play with on my site, I was feeling a bit groovy! Thus here comes Groove Bucket. What I first thought of was a hip modern combination of The Time and Prince, then you can sprinkle in some P-Funk. What caught my ear is the productive use of Autotune in a way that is now known as the ‘Cher’ effect. Very few artists that attempt this effect with Autotune ever make it sound cool. I think Groove Bucket has done it. I think I hear the Autotune trickery being run through a vocoder or something so it fleshes it out in a cool way. If that isn’t what they did, well then I’ve just come up with something to try production-wise on my next CD.
Tight is how I’d describe the musicianship. You can tell there was a lot of time spent on getting these parts to fit together like clockwork. It’s cool, because it doesn’t have the Pro-Tooled vibe to it. You’re probably wondering what the Pro-Tooled vibe is. Well, here’s a great example: Maroon 5. Song’s About Jane. Absolutely fantastic songwriting, but you can hear it was assembled with Pro-Tools. I’m quite sure Groove Bucket recorded with a computer workstation, but they didn’t let it control their vibe. I’d actually be interested in knowing their process. Maybe Michael will grace the comments section with a detailed run through of it.
In the meantime, shake your booty, and part with that buck to get the song of iTunes. I recommend checking out the rest of the album as well. But definitely make this song a part of your collection.
p.s. – there’s more than one Groove Bucket out there. Yikes. Just so you know, my thoughts are that this particular Groove Bucket is groovier than the ones listed at groovebucket.com.