Reviews & Highlights
"Groove Lounge x Bria Ansara" named one of the "Top 5 Albums of 2016"
Each repeated listen to “Flush”, the new release from TVP Records, enhances appreciation of its comic funk and soulful hip-hop musicology. Part Sly Stone and Parliament Funkadelic, part Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, part R. Kelly and Gangstarr, the music on “Flush” pays tribute to the genres of soul and hip-hop with contemporary takes on 1970s fare.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The triple-entendre of the "Play" title is working throughout the album's juicy variations on the theme of goofin' around and getting down. Like a good lover, the rhythm section lays it down long, slow and firm, while various members of the vocal front line cuddle up to the spotlight, topped by Silla (the Thrilla) Mosley's slinky man-watching jam "Peep Show". Elsewhere, the Ian Jones/Scott Ruffner songwriting team approaches Gamble & Huff-style greatness on the sweet, symphonic "Love's Decay".
"Groove Lounge Vol 1 is one of the most ambitious and interesting releases of the year.. the record celebrates the melting pot of the Seacoast music scene".
The City Pages
"Good God" from "Play" named one of the "10 All Time Twin Cities Funk/R&B Classics NOT Recorded by Prince".
"Groove Lounge" offers near equal doses of chill ambient grooves and danceable rhythms.. Some feature soulful singing, while others are entirely instrumental, bringing to bear a range of musical talents and styles.
Minnesota Music Awards
"Play" from Vanguard nominated in 1998 for "Best R&B Album" along with Prince, Mint Condition, Next and Johnny Lang.
Like DJ Shadow with a gentler touch, or Thievery Corporation with a more domesticated vibe, the TVP Records crew’s newest release, “Groove Lounge x Bria Ansara” is a manifestation of the fun, funky music of the ’70s, with drops of acid jazz, R&B, and electronica.
Extracting elements of pure acid jazz from the likes of the Brooklyn Funk Essentials and Thievery Corporation and melting it into a pot of trip-hop built from the Nightmares on Wax sound, "Groove Lounge" bumps the beat for the head as much as the feet. From smooth psychedelia (“Intro”) to soft bossanova (“Keep Up”) to full-on funk (“S.N.L”), “Groove Lounge feat. Bria Ansara” is the go-to soundtrack for those late-night hours.
The City Pages
"Vanguard" named "Best R&B Band" by both the critics and the reader's choice.
TVP Records' "Groove Lounge / Vol 1" is a mix of soul, R&B, hip-hop, and dance, but regardless of genre, the bottom line is that this compilation is impossible not to bob your head to. Andrew Riordan's "I'm Gone" features killer vocals from Genevieve Goings and a punchy bassline, while Flush's "Love $ Interest" is pure high-class smooth jazz. Elsewhere, The Duke's "Forty Fare" (featuring Undu, NobodyCares & Ape the Grimm) showcases three diverse MC's over the tastiest of beats and the TVP remix of The Royal Family's "Must Have Been The Music" delivers unapologetic French disco.