United Grooves of Lounge, Jazz, Funk, Trip-Hop, Dub and Reggae
The name of this band is the name of the game: A solid rhythm basis of powerful bass lines and tight drumming, artistically complemented by keyboard pads, skillfully applied samples and scratches, tastefully decorated with improvisations by excellent soloists. Trance Groove is obviously inspired by bands like Can (the band members knew each other quite well), and at the same time a mothership for bands like Nighthawks, Bassculture and Trance Club - among others.
Founding member Stefan Krachten (drums, percussion) is well known through Dunkelziffer, Walk of the Elephants and The Unknown Cases which had a major hit in 1984 with the dance classic „Masimbabele" - one of the first Worldmusic hits (remixed 1989 by Adrian Sherwood). Krachtens drum playing is based on the unique drum technique developed by Jaki Liebezeit (Can, Jah Wobble, Bill Laswell, Brian Eno) in order to avoid usual stereotypes and play rhythms according to their origins (perfectly demonstrated on “koan” on the actual album).
Co-Founder and bass player Dal Martino’s other projects include Nighthawks and Phoenix. Trance Groove is completed by: Helmut Zerlett – keyb (The Unknown Cases, Dunkelziffer). Thomas Kessler - synth (Dissidenten), DJ Heli - turntables (Klaus Doldinger, Jean Park), Jrgen Dahmen - p, g, congas (Propaganda) and Bernd Winterschladen - sax (Talking Horns).
Being a big-name act in Germany since the release of their first album in 1994, Trance Groove soon gained worldwide recognition. The band became more than a welcome guest at festivals – Summer Jam, Bizarre Festival, the Spanish BAM in Barcelona among others. Their second album "Paramount" even achieved a nomination for the US-Indie Award of the local AFIM 1998 (in the field of alternative dance floor). Outside of Europe the albums of the band have been released in the US accompanied by massive airplay on collage radio.
“Orange” is the sixth album of the band and proves why a unique mixture of stylish club sounds, downbeat dance material, straight drive and atmospheric surroundings has become the synonym for Trance Groove. Guests on “orange” are: Dominik v. Senger – g (The Unknown Cases, Dunkelziffer, Phantom Band), Sheldon Ancel – voc (Holger Czukay, Phantom Band), Reiner Linke – perc. (Dunkelziffer, Drums Off Chaos) and Marion Rubina Klask – voc (known through Walk of the Elephants and the highly successful album “Monchique”).
2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Nico (voice of Velvet Underground). As a bonus, her recording “Reich der Trume” is included on the “orange”-album as special Trance Groove-remix version from 2000: Trance Groove vs. Nico.
The name “Trance Groove” is a tribute to the Ghanaian-Swedish percussionist Anthony „Reebop“ Kwaku Baah (Traffic, Can, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Free ...// Solo-Album “Trance”, 1977 // died 1983). He played with Krachten and Zerlett in the early Eighties after the split of Can in the band Dunkelziffer (Can’s Damo Suzuki joined this band as well) and Reebop,Krachten and Zerlett recorded as The Unknown Cases the clubhit “Masimbabele“ re-released in July 2008 on a compilation record of the Rolling Stone-magazine and as 25th anniversary jubilee edition on 12 inch
vinyl on the „sound leger“ label.