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Groove Armada - Greatest Hits

Groove Armada, Greatest Hits

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

GROOVE Armada remain one of the most consistently thrilling British dance acts of recent years and to celebrate their 10th anniversary they have released a pair of new albums: a Greatest Hits album and GA10, a double-CD collection of rarities spanning their career mixed by the duo themselves.

The Greatest Hits – an update of a similar best of package that features choice selections from their most recent Soundboy Rock LP – drops on October 29, while GA10 arrives on November 12.

And to properly celebrate a decade of being at the top of their genre, Groove Armada will also play a full UK tour in November, including three nights at Brixton Academy on 15th, 16th and 17th.

For anyone who doesn’t already know, Groove Armada are based around the instrumental and production skills of Tom Findlay and Andy Cato – and their longevity is a tribute to their ability to be eclectic.

Hence, they have proven themselves equally adept at churning out tunes for the club-crowd as they are at providing something for the chilled out sofa brigade.

Most, if not all of the tracks on the greatest hits collection will be familiar in some way, whether it’s putting you in a relaxed frame of mind, as you recall the dream-like pleasure of first listening to At The River, or shakin’ your booty to dance-tastic tracks such as the Fatboy Slim remix of I See You Baby (which got adopted for a recent advertising campaign).

Other Greatest Hits highlights include the Morcheeba-inspired My Friend, which features a tremendously sassy female vocal, and the funky If Everybody Looked The Same, which just about egdes out I See You Baby in terms of dancefloor energy.

The down and dirty Purple Haze is a blues-laden, sultry, dance classic, featuring Status Quo-infused guitar riffs and a real humdinger of a beat, that kicks in about one minute in, and features alcohol-drenched lyrics such as ‘my recipe is Jack Daniels’.

You can almost smell the cigarette smoke from the underground bar this was inspired by.

Of the newer material, Song 4 Mutya (featuring ex-Sugababe Mutya) is a cheesy blend of pop and dance that borrows from the ’80s and girl power, whilst retaining a much classier vibe.

And Lightsonic, one of the choice cuts to be taken from Soundboy Rock, and the sort of offering that looks set to become a timeless anthem for them.

Of the 14 tracks, you’re guaranteed to find plenty to dance along to, and some just to kick back and relax with. And take it from us, the Greatest Hits provides a wonderful taster to the double CD remix package that follows in two weeks’ time, and which looks set to become an essential companion to the approaching party season.

Download picks: I See You Baby, Superstylin’, Purple Haze, My Friend, Lightsonic, If Everybody Looked The Same, At The River

Track listing:

  1. Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)
  2. Get Down
  3. I See You Baby
  4. Superstylin’
  5. Purple Haze
  6. My Friend
  7. The Girls Say
  8. Chicago
  9. Love Sweet Sound
  10. Easy
  11. Lightsonic
  12. If Everybody Looked The Same
  13. Little By Little
  14. At The River