In one of the most enterprising moves in EDM, Worldwide Groove Corporation are ending their "Year of the Groove" with a sonic bang. Their final installment in the 12 month series is a heterogeneous maxi-single of their new song "Make Me Free". But this isn't your typical remix project where various producers rework track elements from an original release. Four of the 5 completely unique mixes were actually done by the very busy hands of Worldwide Groove Corporation themselves, and the 5th version was programmed by emerging EDM producer Portarius. The only common element between the mixes is the vocal performance by Ellen Tift, songwriter and producer for WGC.
"It can be challenging to reinvent something that you've become so familiar with in one form,” says Kurt Goebel, programmer and producer for Worldwide Groove Corporation. "But early on we felt this song could both exist as an upbeat electronic track, and also at half tempo in a chillout style, and from there we branched off into other interpretations."
Reinvention is something Worldwide Groove Corporation became known for with their reconstructions of well loved jazz standards on their debut downtempo electronic album "Chillodesiac Lounge, vol.1: Fever,” which topped the charts on the XM Chill channel after its release. They also showcased this skill in their imaginative chillout remixes of classic country songs like "Ring of Fire".
Worldwide Groove Corporation's own renditions of "Make Me Free" are the "Black Orchid Deep House Mix", "Hot Azalea Electro Mix", "Water Lily Chillout Mix", and contrastingly the "Sweet Jasmine Acoustic Mix" featuring a unique vocal performance over piano and solo cello. Rounding out the collection, up and coming EDM producer Portarius adds the "Portarius Melodic Dubstep Mix".
"The Year of the Groove has been a monumental challenge for us," says Ellen Tift. "We've been constantly busy, always preparing the next release and promoting the last one on top of our regular music production work we do for clients, so I feel a tremendous sense of both accomplishment and relief to be at this point." As well they should. In all, Worldwide Groove Corporation put out 22 new tracks in the Year of the Groove, much to the delight of their growing fan base. "It's been a satisfyling labor of love," says Tift. "I'd do it all again in a heartbeat."
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ABOUT WGC: Worldwide Groove Corporation are Kurt Goebel and Ellen Tift, specializing in electronic pop and downtempo chillout music production, string arranging, and remixes. Their music has been featured on national television shows, in independent films, and used in major brand advertising campaigns in the U.S. and Europe. Both members of WGC have a Master of Music degree in Media Writing and Production from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. See their full bios on their website.