(電気グルーヴ, Denki Gurūvu
?, "Electric Groove") is a Japanese techno-pop group influenced by Kraftwerk and YMO, founded in 1989. It is a part of Sony Music Japan's Ki/oon Records sublabel. Current members are Fumitoshi Ishino (Takkyu Ishino) and Masanori Taki (Pierre Taki). Former members are Yoshinori Sunahara and Jun Kitagawa.
Its works are particularly popular in Germany, where a handful of singles as well as solo releases from Ishino have been published, and Denki Groove is regularly booked for live performances and DJ sets for the Mayday festival. The duo performed in front of 15,000 people dancing in the rain on the Green Stage (mainstage) at the 2006 Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, Niigata.
Early works have a focus more on pop sensibilities. With later releases the style evolved through several types of electronic dance music, though often with many asides in unrelated genres. Recent work has largely been composed of German-style techno. The group's lyrics are often tongue-in-cheek and sometimes quite bizarre. They did the opening theme "Mononoke Dance" (モノノケダンス, Mononoke Dansu
?) for Hakaba Kitarou
, the 2008 adaptation of the same named manga. Their popularity and recognition of their work increased significantly after 2006, when one of their songs was selected as the ending song for the award-winning anime, Eureka Seven. The song, "Rainbow" (虹, Niji
?), is one of several reasons why the anime has gained a cult following throughout the world, and is featured on the official soundtrack for the show.
In 2008 Denki Groove, who celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2009, resurfaced with "Shonen Young", their first new single in 8 years. The single acts as a teaser for the album "J-pop" which is already out in Japan.
Denki Groove will be performing live in Japan on 08.30.08 @ WIRE08 http://www.wire08.com/