Groove Theory (2xLP)

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The neo-soul movement of the late 1990s, which fused classic soul sounds with contemporary elements, heralded the arrival of some of the greatest R&B recordings of the decade. Albums like Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill, D'Angelo's Brown Sugar, and Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite were all born of this trend, while artists such as Mos Def, The Roots, and Common whole-heartedly embraced the sound, creating some of their most timeless material in the process. These are some of neo-soul's great successes, but a slew of underground acts were what set the initial blueprint for their more pop-friendly acquaintances to follow. Acts such as R&B duo Groove Theory.

The New York pair, consisting of singer/songwriter Amel Larrieux, and producer Bryce Wilson, (A veteran of the legendary 80s electronic group Mantronix) helped set the tone for neo-soul via their lone studio release, the self-titled Groove Theory. The nearly hour-long record features 14 tracks of Wilson's smooth soul arrangements and atmospherics merged with golden era boom-bap beats, and Larrieux's siren-quality vocals, inspired equally by a combination of Native Tongues, peak Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading, Soul II Soul, as well as elements of breakbeat, jazz fusion, and even trip hop. It's a definitive, but often overlooked classic of the 1990s, which helped expand contemporary R&B's sound, render Billboard hits out the tracks "Tell Me" (Which peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100), "Keep Tryin'", and "Baby Luv", and even found the time for a Todd Rundgren cover.

Get On Down is proud to bring you this vinyl reissue of an underrated 90s gem. We reissued this album in 2019 for the first time on vinyl since its original release in 1995 presented here with fully remastered audio and a full-color insert with complete lyrics and liner notes.


A1 10 Minute High
A2 Time Flies 
A3 Ride 
A4 Come Home 
B1 Baby Luv
B2 Tell Me 
B3 Hey U
C1 Hello It's Me
C2 Good 2 Me 4
C3 Angel 
D1 Keep Tryin' 
D2 You're Not The 1 
D3 Didja Know 
D4 Boy At The Window


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