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GRUM RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA THIS SUMMER FOR SELECT DATES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO FOR ‘THROUGH THE NIGHT’ COMING SOON (ULTRA RECORDS)

GRUM RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA THIS SUMMER FOR SELECT DATES NEW SINGLE & VIDEO FOR ‘THROUGH THE NIGHT’ COMING SOON (ULTRA RECORDS)

“If Grum is what the future of electronic music sounds like (and we’re pretty sure he is), save us a spot on the dancefloor” NYLON

UPCOMING GRUM TOUR DATES
Thu Jul 22 – Dallas @ PM
Fri Jul 23 – New York @ Webster Hall
Sat July 24 – Toronto @ Wrongbar
Thu July 29 – San Francisco @ Popscene
Fri July 30 – Los Angeles @ Avalon

Download GRUM’s Exclusive 1 hour Summer Mixtape here

“Goes between classic nods to unforgettable ’80s new-wave melodies and thumping 21st Century Disco House bass kicks; while bringing crowds together into a collective ball of musical fury”
SUP Magazine

“If you’ve been on Hype Machine lately, then you probably already know that Scottish import GRUM wants you to dance.”
URB

“Heartbeats encompasses this complex valley of sound, each track layering a different vibe on top of the other with decidedly A+ results.”
ACED MAGAZINE

GRUM “HEARTBEATS” ALBUM TRACK BY TRACK:

‘Through the Night’
This song actually sat on my hard drive for a long time before I decided I liked it enough to send it off to my label. I wanted to write a real ‘driving music’ track, taking influences from 70s/80s soft rockers Toto and Fleetwood Mac but adding a modern disco twist with breezy synth riffs and a driving italo bassline. This is going to be the next single after ‘Cant Shake this Feeling’.

‘Cant Shake this Feeling’
This originally started out as a heavily cut-up filtered disco style tune, and was almost an ode to old Crydamoure and Roule classic French house but updated with more current disco production. I really liked the vocal which is a sample from Klique’s 80s track of the same name. So I got someone to re-sing it and wrote new music to go with it. This is my current single, out now.

‘Runaway’
‘Runaway’ is a real Giorgio Moroder inspired, epic italo disco journey. This was actually my first attempt at something like this so I’m really glad it features on the album! This was my debut single and really helped to get me noticed.

‘Fashion’
This song originally started out as a remix for an act called The Death Kit who did a more electro house style cover of Bowie’s ‘Fashion’. I had this idea to combine the vocal with an adaptation of the big synth hook from Stevie Nick’s ‘Stand Back’ and this is the result. My label really liked it so it ended up on the album; I’ve grown to love it.

‘Power’
I have always loved electroclash, and this is heavily inspired by old skool Felix da Housecat and Fischerspooner. It also has a cheeky vocal sample from Romanthony’s ‘Wallflower’ which is a nod towards my heroes Daft Punk, which Romanthony featured on their biggest hit, ‘One More Time’. We are also releasing an extended mix of this track, which has even bigger build-ups and has been featuring heavily in my DJ sets.

‘Cybernetic’
Bizzarely, the inspiration for this actually came while I was trying to get to sleep one night. So, I jumped up and got straight on my laptop and wrote the main squealing synth riff. I had this idea to write an electro track that was very “cock rock” inspired….perhaps what Whitesnake would make if they used synths instead of guitars, and collaborated with ELO. I have a dream of playing this on keytar in my live show…

‘Heartbeats’
This is one of the first tracks I wrote, and its popularity has helped me get on my way as an artist. I actually produced this in its first incarnation about 3 years ago. Since then I reworked it for the album; in fact, the album is named after it as this is what kicked things off for me. It has been described as a mixture between disco and electro, with a heavy synth bassline but funky 80s drum machines and a big hooky chorus.

‘Turn it Up’
Around halfway through writing my album I really got into the early 80s music produced by people like Jellybean Banetez. This originally started out as an instrumental but I wanted it to be bigger than that. I asked Georgie Dennis to write lyrics for it, which I loved, and asked Canadian duo Electric Youth to provide the vocal as the girl has got a real cutesy Madonna vocal style. The sounds and production style are very 80s disco inspired, with Linndrum samples, Moog bass and analogue synths.

‘Want U’
Although I love writing club music, I also really enjoy writing more balearic and disco influenced stuff, and from this point the album mellows a little. ‘Want U’ is inspired by 80s disco act Imagination, but also by the modern nu disco movement and artists such as Aeroplane.

‘The Really Long One’
As the title suggests, this is the longest track on the album. I wanted to write something hypnotic and groovy, and this is perhaps inspired by sunny poolside days in Ibiza. There is a big old skool house and techno influence running through this, with Roland tr-808 drums, atmospheric synths and a phasey vocal sample.

‘LA Lights’
As with ‘Turn it Up’, this also started life as an instrumental, inspired by 80s movie theme tunes. I really felt that it could be taken up a level with a featured vocal, so after discovering US based Feathers on the blogs I enlisted them to help out. This resulted in probably my favourite song on the record.

‘Someday We’ll be Together’
I love French music, and this is influenced by more chilled out acts such as Air, crossed with 80s Trevor Horn style production. I wanted to finish the album on a beautiful high, and this love song fitted perfectly.

Scotlands’ own GRUM, DJ and producer extraordinaire needs no introduction. In a span of just a few months, he has gone from ruling the underground club scene overseas to dominating the blogosphere and selling out shows across the US this Spring when promoting the release of his critically appraised debut album Heartbeats (Ultra Records). Reigning supreme on the Hype Machine through out 2010 with his top notch remixes for the likes of Lady Gaga, Goldfrapp and Friendly Fires and earning glowing comparisons to the likes of Mylo, The Chemical Brothers and Justice, being championed by an army of supporters ranging from taste-maker blogs like Discodust, BBC Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe, Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Rob Da Bank and a host of fans from artists like Aeroplane and Pendulum. Things aren’t looking too shabby for this 24-year-old Edinburgh-born DJ and producer Graeme Shepherd, brimming with a box-load of influences from Daft Punk to Human League and Stuart Price, “Can’t Shake This Feeling” , GRUMS debut single solidified his knack for creating incredible cross-over dance floor smash hits.

Tracks from his killer debut full-length encapsulates what he refers to as “an endorphin rush of disco-house, ’80s pop, Italo-disco and FM rock” and combines the soaring synths and vocals of the ’80s with the energy and arrangement of 2010. Be sure to check out GRUM this summer in a hot sweaty venue near you where he’ll be spinning tracks from his hit album and rallying the masses to the dancefloor this July.

“Maximum dancefloor efficiency”
Stereogum

“fantastic productions and remixes”
Asian Man Dan

“It encompasses, with ease, the exact notion of nostalgia and fun that every note of the Leeds-born producer infers.” The Culture of Me

“sweet melodic disco house stormer”
Discodust

“keeps up the fine tradition of Euro house music”
Groove Effect

“unbelievable disco beats.”
Metrowize

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