Seriously, Billy Ray Martin’s voice could end wars its so buttery smooth. Another classic from the Electribe 101 folks with heavy basslines and breaks taking a second place to the 8th Wonder of the world, Billy Ray Martins vocals. No messing, she makes what would otherwise middle of the road downtempo loungecore track and makes it absolutely incredible. Sorry about the gushing but come now, its justified and you know it.
Named after a Soviet refrigerator and the Roland SH-101 synthesizer, the band was composed of four electronic composers and producers from Birmingham (Brian Nordhoff, Joe Stevens, Les Fleming, and Roberto Cimarosti) and a female vocalist from Hamburg, Germany (Billie Ray Martin).
Before signing with Mercury/PolyGram Records in 1988, the group released its first single, “Talking With Myself,” without much success. However, before its next single release, Martin guested with Eric Robinson of Eric and the Good Good Feeling on the S’Express record “Hey, Music Lover.”
The Top 10 success of “Hey, Music Lover” sparked interest from the music press in Martin’s band, although Eric and the Good Good Feeling’s album flopped. Electribe 101 signed with Mercury/PolyGram Records, and its single “Tell Me When The Fever Ended” was issued. It reached number 32 in the UK Singles Chart.
In 1990 Electribe 101 released its debut album, Electribal Memories. The group also re-released its single “Talking With Myself,” which reached #23 on the UK Singles Chart. In late 1990, the band released its version of the Jesse Rae song “Inside Out” (a hit for Odyssey).
Not wanting to carry on under the Electribe 101 name without Martin, the band renamed itself The Groove Corporation and signed with the Network Records subsidiary label Six6.