Leeds-based Scottish born Grum aka Graeme Shephard can stand along side the few that have achieved what he has with his debut album Heartbeats.
His charming take on house, disco and funk has seen him rise from underground star to someone who is talked in the same breathe as Mylo and Daft Punk – lofty suggestions. But it’s not hard to be swayed by his take on nu-disco.
He credits Discovery as one of his favourite albums and it’s not hard to draw comparisons with the ubiquitous French duo.
Tastemakers Pop-justice went as far a saying that the title track was the “greatest song of the 21st century” so it’s well worth investigating.
If we were to sum up his sound it would be a cocktail of Mylo, Rex the dog and Daft Punk. Call it dumb if you want, but the album has one aim – to make you dance.
In the right context this album will blow your socks off Grum gets away with wearing his influences on his sleeve, as the album runs through a series of powerful and uplifting nuggets that defy the listener to raise a smile.
Mylo may need to hurry up his next album, as Grum proves to be a more than satisfactory diversion, every bit as colourful as the cover of his record. Providing you leave musical preconceptions at the door on your way in to his club, you can be sure a night on the dance floor awaits you.
The album too is extremely well constructed with an eye toward making it the kind of record that works as party fodder and as something that stands up to repeated listens they way the song are arrange. So while there are long stretches of the album that play like the moments during a DJ set that dial the crowd up to “bananas” mode (i.e. the triple shot of adrenalin “Power,” “Cybernetic,” and “Heartbeats”). It also breaks up the listen with synth-tastic electro pop – it so similar to Destroy Rock n Roll – it’s uncanny, but since when has that ever been a bad thing ?
It’s all here as Heartbeats shifts its shape to accommodate all forms including Italo-disco, Justice bangers, DP synth magic and Rex the dog nostaligia – Grum is as exciting as they come and is don’t be fool by the name because Heartbeat is anything but Grum – it full of emotion, disco balls, high heals, neons and 80’s cheese.
HBF Rating 10/10
Grab here.01 TV Rock featuring Rudy “In The Air” (Grum Remix) 02 Grum “Can’t Shake This Feeling” (Grum Club Mix) 03 Grum’s Together/Forever Mashup 04 Scissor Sisters “Invisible Light” (Grum edit) 05 Chris Lake & Michael Woods “Dominos” (edit) 06 Owl City “Umbrella Beach” (edit) 07 Chelley vs Hall & Oates “Took The Night/Out of Touch” (Grum Remix) 08 Ajello “Moody Bang” (Tensnake Remix) 09 LCD Soundsystem “Drunk Girls” (Holy Ghost Dub) – Edit 10 Grum “Whoa!” vs Buggles “Video Killed The Radio Star” (Grum Version) 11 The Human League vs Lady Gaga “Don’t You Want To Gag Me” (Grum Version) 12 Pirupa “Get Funky” (Edit) 13 Saints & Sinners “Pushin’ To Hard” (Nic Fanciulli Remix) 14 The Human League “Open Your Heart” vs Felix da Housecat “Elvi$” (Grum Version) 15 Grum “Power” (Extended Edit) Mini-mix [podcast]http://www.mediafire.com/file/7tklu1r1041orvx/Grum%20Minimix.mp3[/podcast] Grab here. 1. Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
2. Duran Duran – Girls On Film
3. Donna Allen – Serious
4. Foreigner – Urgent
5. B.W.H – Stop
6. The Flirts – Passion
7. Digital Emotion – Dont Stop
8. Toto – Africa
9. Moroder – Im Left Youre Right
10. Thomas Bangalter – Turbo
11. Fischerspooner – Get Confused
12. Grum – Woah
13. Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star
14. Telex – Moskow Diskow
15. Robbie Williams – Lovelight (Soulwax Remix)
16. Daft Punk – Aerodynamic
17. Kenny Jammin jason with Fast Eddie Smith – Can U Dance
18. Justice – Newjack
19. Human League – Dont You Want Me
20. Go West – Goodbye Girl
21. Expose – Come Go With Me
22. Orbital – Lush 3-1
23. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
24. Pointer Sisters – Dare Me
25. Le Knight Club – Soul Bells
26. Styx – Mr Roberto
27. Kano – Another Life
28. Felix da Housecat – Control Freq
29. Company B – Fascinated
30. Grum – Sound Reaction
31. Doctor’s Cat – Feel the Drive
32. Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Grum Remix)
33. Outrage – That Piano Track
34. Grum – Runaway
35. Fleetwood Mac – Never Forget