Ground Level

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Ground Level
Head shot of two people. At left is a red-brown haired woman looking to her left. She wears a very large circular earring in her right ear lobe. At right is a dark, curly-haired man who is staring forward. He wears a dark top and has side-burns.
Ground Level: Jean-Marie Guilfoil (left) and David Walker, in Melbourne, 1996.
Background information
Origin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Genres Electronic
Years active 1990 (1990)–1996 (1996)
Labels Vicious Vinyl, Pulse 8, Intercord Tontrager GmbH, Sonic, Instinct
Associated acts Lisa Maxwell, John Kenny
Past members Jean-Marie Guilfoil, David Walker

Ground Level was an Australian-based electronic music performance and production duo: David John Walker (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) and Jean-Marie Guilfoil (Madison, Wisconsin, United States). Their single, "Dreams of Heaven" was an underground dance club release which peaked at No. 54 on the mainstream UK Singles Chart in January 1993. They released an album, New Moon in 1995.

Background[edit]

Ground Level formed in Melbourne as the electronic duo of David John Walker[1] and Jean-Marie Guilfoil. In 1990, they issued their first single, "Deputy of Love", as a 12" three-track under the name, Ground Level featuring D J Walker, on an independent label. By 1992, they had signed with Vicious Vinyl and released "God Intended" in January, which was written and produced by Walker. "Out of Body" appeared in June, followed by Ground Level's fourth single, "Dreams of Heaven", which peaked at No. 54 on the UK Singles Chart in January 1993.[2][3] According to Vicious Vinyl label owner, Andy Van (aka Andy Van Dorsselaer see Madison Avenue), the single was one of their biggest successes "[it] was a very, very big hit. It got to No. 3 on the dance charts in the UK."[4]

The group released six singles and an album, New Moon (1995), through Vicious Vinyl in Australia. Their singles were released in the UK and Europe through Faze 2 on the Pulse 8 record label, Intercord Tontrager GmbH (merged with the EMI Electrola roster in 2000) and Sonic Records, part of Instinct Records. Ground Level's singles also appeared on compilation albums in Europe, Japan, and the United States, where "God Intended" was featured on Sonic Records' Killer Techno US compilation.[5] Their sixth single, "Searching for the Truth" was performed with co-writer John Kenny (ex-Rockmelons).[6]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Deputy of Love" (1990) Independent vinyl release
  • "God Intended" (1992)
  • "Out of Body" (1992)
  • "Dreams of Heaven" (1992)
  • "As We Journey" featuring Lisa Maxwell / "Lucid" (1993)
  • "Searching for the Truth" featuring John Kenny (ex-Rockmelons) (1995)
  • "Pray" (1996)

Album[edit]

New Moon (1995), Vicious Vinyl VVLP003CD

All tracks written by David John Walker unless otherwise shown.

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "Audible LightStream" 2:18
2. "Three Wishes" 6:53
3. "Pray" 6:36
4. "Dreams of Heaven" 5:25
5. "New Moon" 5:54
6. "Calibration" 8:42
7. "Still Searching" 6:12
8. "As We Journey" 6:49
9. "Lucid" 5:30
10. "Searching for the Truth" (Traffic Mix) (Walker, John Kenny) 6:12
Total length: 60:31

Personnel

  • Jean-Marie Guilfoil – performer, producer
  • David Walker – performer, producer
  • David Briggs – mastering (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7) at The Production Workshop
  • Tony Espie – engineer (tracks 2, 4, 7, 9, 10) at EMI 301 studios
  • Lisa Maxwell – vocals (track 8)
  • John Kenny – vocals (track 10)

References[edit]

  1. ^ ""Dreams of Heaven" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 237. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Ground Level | Artist | Official Charts". UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Cheng, Vivien (19 March 2001). "Andy Van, Producer for Madison Avenue, Richmond, Australia". Song Quarters. HitQuarters. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Ground Level at Discogs
  6. ^ ""Searching for the Truth" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 18 November 2011. 

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