D.I.G. (Directions In Groove) - Curvystrasse (1999)




Directions In Groove (DIG) were a popular Australian acid jazz band originally from the suburb of Redfern in Sydney, who produced several distinctive acid-jazz / groove / funk albums in the 1990's.

DIG released several albums on the EMI Music Australia and Polygram labels, with "Speakeasy" and "Deeper" achieving double platinum status. DIG have also toured the world, playing alongside artists such Herbie Hancock and Bootsy Collins.

The original DIG lineup featured Tim Rollinson on guitar, Scott Saunders on keyboards and vocals, Rick Robertson on Sax, Terepai Richmond on Drums and Alex Hewetson on Bass. The band's most popular tracks include "The Favourite", "Reinvent Yourself", and "Hip Replacement".

DIG were also famous for their live performances at The Basement, a club situated in the heart of Sydney, near Circular Quay which has been a landmark of the Australian music scene since the early 1970s.

Please note that tracks 5 and 9 are missing. If anyone has them, I would love for you to get in touch with me.

1. Rumour Has It
2. Upside
3. Green T
4. Klikkety Klak
5. Sinbad (MISSING)
6. All Is Quiet
7. Aqua Temporal
8. Would We
9. X (MISSING)
10. Antimatter
11. O'Cumbayah


Speaking of Australian Acid Jazz, I am desparately after an album from a Sydney band called Bellydance. It's called "One Blood". There's not much about it on the net, the only details I can find on it are here. If anyone could hook me up I would be eternally grateful.

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15 comments:

acidjazzy said...

Speaking of Australian Acid Jazz, I am desparately after an album from a Sydney band called Bellydance. It's called "One Blood". There's not much about it on the net, the only details I can find on it are here. If anyone could hook me up I would be eternally grateful.

http://rapidshare.com/files/87711291/Dig_-_Curvystrasse__1999_.rar

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Anonymous said...

Hi acidjazzy,

thank you for filling my little request! Unfortunately I never saw them live ...

DIGdigger

Anonymous said...

Great Album, please share all DIG CDs, they are very hard to find.

CU.Tim

rdog said...

BellyDance one blood 1993 Regular Records / Festival Records (item D31043)

Fuzz said...

Hey dude,

I realise this is an old post, but I have a copy of this CD and can provide those missing tracks for you if you like. What format would you like them in?

Fuzz

ciraloke said...

Hi AJ. Like the previous comment, this may be a bit late, but ..
Used to see Bellydance live - great act. Have their 'Mixed Business' CD and was having a listen to decide whether to keep it and rip it to mp3. Bundled with it is 'One Blood'. Let me know if you are still after it. Can't find it anywhere for sale. I have it as "Roadshow Music - Cat 17502-2"
Oh, and I'm ripping both CD's - :)

Kim said...

Does anybody have a copy of d.i.g Live at the Basement? Came with the Speakeasy album as a double CD? I have lost my copy and its impossible to find here anymore.
Cheers.

gilesdeshon said...

I have the live CD. one of my favs. Gerard Presencer. What a talent!

Donak RV said...

DIG are playing in Sydney this afternoon at the Darling Harbour jazz festival...

(http://www.darlingharbour.com/sydney-Things_To_Do-Darling_Harbour_Jazz_and_Blues_Festival_2010.htm)

I'd love to know if they back together to record etc...

Kim said...

Ah, Gilesdeshon you lucky thing! Gerard Presencer is the soloist from US3's version of Cantaloupe Island I think. Amazing player. Still keeping an eye out to find a copy of the live CD. They were a really tight unit. ayotteboi@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Speakeasy
Curvystrasse
Dig in Deeper

MP3/AAC

Enjoy!
https://rapidshare.com/files/201374649/Directions_In_Groove.zip

What is Acid Jazz?

Acid jazz (also known as club jazz) is a musical genre that combines elements of soul music, funk, disco, particularly looping beats and modal harmony. It developed over the 1980s and 1990s and could be seen as tacking the sound of jazz-funk onto electronic dance/pop music.

The compositions of groups such as The Brand New Heavies and Incognito often feature chord structures usually associated with Jazz music. The Heavies in particular were known in their early years for beginning their songs as catchy pop and rapidly steering them into jazz territory before "resolving" the composition and thus not losing any pop listeners but successfully "exposing" them to jazz elements in "baby steps".

The acid jazz "movement" is also seen as a "revival" of jazz-funk or jazz fusion or soul jazz by leading DJs such as Norman Jay or Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge, also known as "rare groove crate diggers".