CHARITY SHOP CLASSICS (52)

A US import single from 1999 by Groove Armada, featuring remixes by Futureshock and Fatboy Slim. Last time I covered them, I called them, perhaps a bit unfairly, “smooth downtempo for the masses”. This single certainly isn’t that. This single has been to funky town.

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

From 1999’s “I See You Baby”:

Groove Armada – I See You Baby (Futureshock Main Shake)  

Groove Armada – If Everybody Looked The Same (DJ Icey Arctic Mix)  

Groove Armada – I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim US Guitar Edit)  

No links to product today. Instead, if you download you could give something to the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust (UK) by donating here or Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (USA) here or to a children’s cancer charity in your own country.

~ by acidted on December 21, 2009.

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