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Groove Armada: Best Of


Review: Jack Foley

GROOVE Armada have remained one of the most consistently thrilling British dance acts of recent years and this timely Best Of collection is evidence of why.

Based round the instrumental and production skills of Tom Findlay and Andy Cato, the Groove Armada success story lies in 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.

What's more impressive, is the fact that the outfit has only really been doing it for the past five years - because they seem like they've been doing it for ages.

Other Best Of 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 (and which crops up on the Gone in 60 Seconds soundtrack).

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.

Strong too, and more melancholy than most, is the pensive Think Twice, which expertly demonstrates Groove Armada's ability to branch out from the dance genre, as does Inside My Mind (Blue Skies), with its slinky beats.

But then being a Best Of collection, this does represent a tour-de-force of all things Groove Armada related, so it is little wonder to find that this represents the cream of what they have to offer.

The fun is in the licking!

* As a bonus the ‘Best Of’ will come packaged with a previously unreleased ‘Live At Brixton’ DVD.

The show was recorded on Groove Armada’s infamous ‘Lovebox’ Tour, where they played three sold out nights at London’s Brixton Academy.

Click on the box below for an album sampler.

Click here to find out more about Groove Armada!

 

Track listing:
1. Superstylin'
2. If Everybody Looked The Same
3. I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim remix)
4. At The River
5. My Friend
6. All Of Me (Lovebox Sessions)
7. Inside My Mind (Blue Skies)
8. Easy
9. Chicago
10. Purple Haze
11. Blame It On The Sun
12. Madder
13. But I Feel Good
14. Think Twice

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