Posted: May 4, 2010 in Hip Hop, Uncategorized
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It’s hard to find sisters representing their own uniqueness especially as a producer in an industry dominated by men. We see more and more female emcees rockin’ mics, female DJ’s taking on the profession, female entrepreneurs, but what about producers? I can think of a handful of female producers from Lauryn Hill, Nigerian artist Nneka, Erykah Badu, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Missy Elliot to name a few. Beats I love, more so than lyrics depending on what I hear, one always out weighs the other when listening to music.

I came across this composer of all things rhythmical, lyrical and visual (yes, she’s an artist too!) whilst randomly checking out blogs in the wee hours of the morning last week sometime. One name kept popping up: PURSUIT GROOVES. I read blog after blog, short blurb after blurb, then decided to investigate this producer from downloading mixtapes, listening to releases, albums and watching youtubes interviews. I came to one conclusion: Vanessa Smith aka Pursuit Grooves can hold her own!

Being in the game for over 15 years, this Brooklyn native beat maker, DJ, singer/rapper is definitely one we’ll be hearing more from. Pursuit Grooves produces music that stretches over several genres from broken beat, dubstep, experimental hip hop to down tempo groove. It’s soulful, melody driven, atmospheric, sweet, mechanical, broken, dirty and heavy depending on which track you listen to. It’s music that you can use as a musical landscape to a movie scene in your head. I like that. Live performances often entail her behind turntables, a mic, banging on an MPC and on a loop machine – I won’t even pretend to know what kind!

Pursuit Grooves makes noise like her life depended on it.

In 2006, she released her first instrumental album ‘Fun Like Passion’ which gave her a small global following predominately from DJ’s and producers. In 2008, she released an album called ‘Wild Art Forestry’, in the same year was handpicked as a candidate for the infamous Red Bull Academy in Spain. Pursuit Grooves’ third album entitled ‘Sustainable Movements for A New Age: An Environmental Beat Tape’ dropped in April of 2009 which was produced in support for global sustainable living, released on Earth Day.

With three albums under her belt through her own label ‘What Rules Records’, her fourth album entitled ‘Fox Trot Mannerism’ is out now (April 2010) on UK Tectonic Recordings – an unusual departure from their strict dubstep releases. Her production quality is tight, challenging those already in the game with long standing status behind them, so if you’re after electronica with the vocal essence and consciousness of Georgia Anne Muldrow, post Dilla, Flying Lotus, dirty and euphonious at the same time, check the link below for a 7 track sample of her new album “Fox Trot Mannerism” out now!


7 tracks off her album \’Fox Trot Mannerism\’ out on Tectonic Recordings.


Be Happy – Mary J. Blige (RMX by Pursuit Grooves)


“PRESSURE” by Pursuit Grooves off her new album Fox Trot Mannersim. Dooppee!


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  2. Spare Hands says:

    the pursuit grooves album is bloody tops

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