Groove Armada

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Groove Armada
Groove Armada at Chi Dubai.JPG
Andy Cato and Tom Findlay DJing at Chi, Dubai
Background information
Origin London, England, United Kingdom
Genres Big beat, electronica, trip hop, house, downtempo, alternative rock
Years active 1996–present
Labels Columbia UK (1996–2008)
Bacardi (2008–09)
Cooking Vinyl (2009–present)
Jive Electro/BMG Records
Website groovearmada.com
Members Andy Cato
Tom Findlay

Groove Armada are an electronic music duo from London, England, composed of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay.[1] They achieved chart success with their singles "I See You Baby" and "Superstylin'". The group have released eight studio albums, four of which have charted in the UK Albums Chart top 50.

History[edit]

Groove Armada first formed in the mid-1990s after they had been introduced by Cato's wife and soon started their own club, also called Groove Armada, after a 1970s discothèque.[citation needed]

By 1997 they had released a few singles, including "4 Tune Cookie" and the song that first brought them minor fame, "At the River", which sampled "Old Cape Cod" by Patti Page (used in the film Die Hard 2). The song went on to be one of Groove Armada's best-known tracks and has been found on numerous chill out compilations.

Their first album, Northern Star, was released in 1998 on Tummy Touch Records, and was followed by their second album, Vertigo, in 1999, which had a more mainstream and more 'polished' sound, thus making the UK Album Chart's upper 20 and being certified silver in the UK.[citation needed] It also included "At the River" which was re-released as a full-fledged single. An album of remixed tracks from Vertigo entitled The Remixes followed in 2000, along with their contribution to the Back to Mine mix album series.

Their next studio album Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub) was released in 2001, and as its title suggests marked a move away from chill out to more upbeat music – as demonstrated by the Grammy-nominated single "Superstylin'". Another mix album followed, this time for the Another Late Night series, and in 2002, less than a year after Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub), Groove Armada produced Lovebox, which included a variety of genres including funk. Some tracks had a rock element to them, such as "Madder", while others were closer to Armada's traditional house music roots, such as the title track "Lovebox", and "Remember", which has vocals made up entirely of samples of Sandy Denny's singing for Fairport Convention. An additional bonus track was later released on their website entitled "Fairport".[citation needed]

A greatest hits album, entitled The Best of Groove Armada, appeared in 2004 – the last of their releases with Pepper Records – before their studio album Soundboy Rock was released in 2007. The album marked a notable departure from the multi-genre-influenced previous album, featuring tracks such as "Get Down" and "Groove Extracts", which follow the current UK garage trend, tracks with rock elements, and "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)" featuring the vocals of ex-Sugababes singer Mutya Buena, hailed by online music guide Popjustice as one of the best songs of 2007.[citation needed]

Following the successful Soundboy Rock singles, an updated best-of set titled Greatest Hits was released in October 2007. This was accompanied by GA10: 10 Year Story, a 2CD rarities collection released in November 2007 to celebrate their tenth anniversary as a band. The band have talked in-depth about the compilation, and cited it as an "emotional experience", selecting their personal favourite songs and mixes from their history.[2]

Groove Armada also released a collaboration[which?] with The Japanese Popstars through Strictly Rhythm, via Beatport, in April 2008.

In the same year, Groove Armada engaged in a deal with Bacardi to distribute their new 4-track EP using a file sharing platform called B-Live Share.

During 2009, Findlay and Cato repeatedly confirmed the existence of a pending new album. While on the Bacardi Express tour in Australia, Findlay said it will be called Black Light and "is going to be the darker side of Groove Armada, which is finally coming out after 12 years."[3] The first single, released on 23 November 2009, was "I Won't Kneel", featuring Groove Armada's new vocalist, SaintSaviour.[4] The album's second single, "Paper Romance", was released on 22 February 2010, and the album was released in Europe on 28 February.

In October 2010, Groove Armada released a remix album, White Light, which contained recent studio re-recordings[5] of alternative live versions of many songs from Black Light as well as other classic Groove Armada songs. Andy Cato stated on the official Groove Armada blog that "Ideas were flowing. Go, Not Forgotten, Look Me In the Eye Sister, Superstylin got even larger."[citation needed] Groove Armada headlined Uber Cool festival at Jersey Live on 3 September. The duo embarked on a series of secretive "living room" sets, performing intimately across the country for audiences of close friends. Little information surrounds these private performances, but the tour kicked off in Brighton in late January, 2011.[6]

To date,[when?] the group have collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including Neneh Cherry, DJ Gram’Ma Funk, Sophie Barker, Nappy Roots, Fudge Dog, Sunshine Anderson, Mutya Buena, Jeru the Damaja, Richie Havens, Will Young and Brodanse.

In February 2014 they released the EP Pork Soda. It includes three brand new tracks, "Pork Soda, "Hyde & Freak" and "Jack in Black".[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Other work[edit]

From 1995 to 2000, Andy Cato was part of the progressive house music projects Mother's Pride and Qattara, and produced solo efforts under the aliases Caia and Journeyman DJ. In 2002, Cato collaborated with Rachel Foster, producing the album Pursuit of Happiness under the name Weekend Players. He also co-wrote with Sophie Ellis-Bextor on her album Shoot from the Hip, and released his first solo single under his own name, "La Luna". Cato has also worked with Róisín Murphy on her album Overpowered, producing the singles "Let Me Know" and "You Know Me Better".

Tom Findlay makes up one half of Sugardaddy, with Tim Hutton, and has collaborated with Keeling Lee. In 2005, he set up Tunetribe, a music download store. Findlay has described working with Prince as his dream collaboration, although there are no plans for such at the moment.[8]

Andy and Tom have also recently worked with Ivy and Lil, 81 and 86, on a charity project to raise money for young and disadvantaged kids.[citation needed]

In 2011 Andy became the first musician to compose a ringtone specifically for a charity, WaveLength Charity, which gives TVs and radios to isolated and vulnerable people.

In popular culture[edit]

In PlayStation Home, in association with VidZone, beginning on 3 December 2009 and ending on 17 December 2009, there was an event in a special PlayStation Events Space, the Presentation Podium, for Groove Armada. The event featured a mini-game called Freezeball, rewards, and exclusive music content and interview footage from Groove Armada. The event is to celebrate the launch of Groove Armada's album Black Light. Their song Madder is featured in Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc. The song "But I Feel Good" is featured in Brian Lara International Cricket 2007,[9] "Paper Romance" is featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 11.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groove Armada Bio, Music, News & Shows". DJZ.com. Retrieved 7 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Groove Armada: 10 Year Story video interview with stv.tv[dead link][dead link]
  3. ^ Buck Johnson. "Groove Armada". Music Feeds. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "I Won't Kneel by Groove Armada". Songfacts. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Groove Armada Announce Release of New Album "White Light"". Queeried.co.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Hann, Michael (2010-03-04). "Groove Armada on dance music's new live age". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Music Mondays: Groove Armada Release Pork Soda EP". RoboticPeacock. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Tom Findlay. "Groove Armada chat to I Like Music". ilikemusic.com. (Interview). Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Linger, Elliot (30 November 2009). "3 December 2009 – Groove Armada Rock Into PlayStation Home". Sony Computer Entertainment. Retrieved 1 December 2009. [dead link][dead link]
  10. ^ Urban, Andrew L. "Teplitzky, Jonathan - Gettin' Square". Urban Cinefile. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 

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