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Groove Armada - GA10

Groove Armada, GA10

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

GROOVE Armada’s Tom Findlay and Andy Cato continue to celebrate their 10th anniversary by releasing this imaginative double album that features remixes of their personal favourites in uptempo and downtempo formats.

Findlay has created the uptempo mix and effortlessly meshes house, big beat and funk, while Cato drops the downtempo selections and creates an utterly delicious chillout compilation.

The selections are diverse and surprising and reflect the strength of Groove Armada’s rich back catalogue.

But highlights from CD1 include a Lightsonic re-rub that really helps to get the party started and an Out Of Control mix of most recent hit Song 4 Mutya.

Worth catching, too, are I See You Baby, featuring Gram Ma Funk, and Superstylin’, which brings CD1 to a close. But the whole CD succeeds in making you want to get up and dance and is a timely compilation as the festive party season approaches.

CD2 is equally perfect for nursing away the seasonal hangovers, or providing a classy background soundtrack to an evening dinner party.

It’s filled with sedate beats, dreamy R&B-influenced rhythms and cinematic atmospherics that serve to ease you into a relaxed and appreciative state of mind.

Highlights in this compilation include album opener Remember, the sublime Inside My Mind (Blue Skies), the achingly dreamy Edge Hill, the European-sounding Paris, the slightly more upbeat Drifted and the Presence Mix of At The River which brings things to a supremely satisfying close.

Groove Armada have been releasing influential albums since 1998 and several of their tunes and remixes have been used in TV spots on both sides of the Atlantic. Listening to this absorbing compilation not only provides evidence of why, but also a double album to suit any occasion.

It’s a musical gift that’s worthy of any 10th anniversary celebration.

Download picks: Lightsonic (Re-Rub), Song 4 Mutya, Superstylin’, Remember, Edge Hill, Blue Skies, Paris, Drifted, At The River, What’s Your Version

Track listing:
Disc One – Uptempo

  1. Eazy [GA’s Deep Shelf Revisit]
  2. Love Sweet Sound
  3. Save My Soul [Live Acid Remix]
  4. Lightsonic [Re-Rub]
  5. Song 4 Mutya
  6. I See You Baby [Original]
  7. Chicago
  8. Feel The Same As You [Japanese Version]
  9. Cuba By Black Island [GA Remix]
  10. Get Down [Alternative Club Edit]
  11. Final Shakedown
  12. Lovebox (Interlude)
  13. Drop That Panel
  14. Superstylin’

Disc Two – Downtempo

  1. Remember
  2. Think Twice
  3. Blue Skies
  4. Edge Hill
  5. Tuning In [Re-Edit]
  6. Lazy Moon
  7. Dusk You And Me
  8. Little By Little [Edit]
  9. Paris
  10. Language Lab Burning Disaster [GA Mix]
  11. Drifted [Re-Edit]
  12. What’s Your Version
  13. Hands Of Time
  14. At The River [Presence Mix]