G IS FOR GROOVE ARMADA

Hardly unknown but I thought I might as well tick them off the list. Smooth downtempo for the masses. They came to prominence in the downtempo boom around the millennium but have continued to today, their music getting more interesting and funky as time passes.

London dance duo Groove Armada consists of Tom Findlay and Andy Cato. The group formed in the mid-’90s after being introduced by Cato’s girlfriend and soon started their own club, also named Groove Armada (after a ’70s discotheque), which featured their spinning. By 1997 they released a handful of singles, including “4 Tune Cookie” and “At the River”; their debut album, Northern Star, followed the next year. 1999 saw the release of Vertigo, which made the Top 20 of the British charts and silver status in the U.K. The album’s singles achieved similar heights, including “I See You Baby,” which was remixed by Fatboy Slim. The group followed this success with a stint as Elton John’s opening band and with the U.S. release of Vertigo in early 2000. An album of remixes followed shortly after, featuring post-productions by DJ Icey and Tim “Love” Lee. After releasing a mix album, Back to Mine, the duo returned with a sophomore production effort, 2001’s Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub). Two years later, Lovebox highlighted a new kind of funk for Groove Armada, with kitschy vibes and collaborative efforts coming from Neneh Cherry, Nappy Roots, and R&B chanteuse Sunshine Anderson. Soundboy Rock continued the emphasis on catchy hooks and became the fourth straight GA album to reach the British Top Ten. ~ Heather Phares, All Music Guide

‘At The River’ was the track that really brought them to public attention, insinuating its way into public consciousness by 1999. It then took over as a soundtrack to gardening programes everywhere. I never liked it. Annoying lyrics and that bloody trumpet. Despite that, their work did acquire a bit of funky backbone over time. And you can’t fault their work on the Lovebox festivals and events.

Groove Armada – At The River (English Riviera Mix)

Groove Armada – Chicago

Groove Armada – My Friend (Dorfmeister Vs. Madrid de los Austrias Dub)

Groove Armada – At The River (Presence Mix)

Groove Armada MySpace

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~ by acidted on July 11, 2009.

One Response to “G IS FOR GROOVE ARMADA”

  1. […] corruption of Elizabeth I but there you go. In honour of two Groove Armada remixes landing in my in box at the same time. Kav Verhouzer takes on My Friend and Eat More Cake […]

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