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Video of the Moment #968: Groove Armada

 
By on Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Last week we gave away this remix of Groove Armada‘s new song ‘Pull Up’. Well well, there’s now a video for the original song, featuring Slarta John, via Noisey. While I think it’s kind of accepted that dance videos tend to be misogynistic, taking together the times I’ve witnessed this particular phenomenon (“yellow fever”) in university and even in my blogging life, I can only laugh. Watch it below.

 

MP3 of the Day #615: Groove Armada

 
By on Monday, 3rd September 2012 at 10:00 am
 

Groove Armada‘s brand new ‘Pull Up’ has been remixed by DJ Alex Jones, and it’s sounding like it’s ready for a sci-fi rave. Listen to and download it below.

 

Preview: Snowbombing 2012

 
By on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 at 9:00 am
 

To some people, snow not sun plus lots of sport is the way forward for music festivals. For those hearty souls, Snowbombing Festival in Austria is the festival of choice. Taking place next year on the 9th of April to the 14th of April 2012, the event will occur for the eighth time at the Tyrolean resort of Mayrhofen this year. Headlining this year will be the notorious Snopp Dogg. Other acts high up on the bill include Example, DJ Shadow, Groove Armada (DJ set) and the Vaccines. See the entire line-up on the official Web site here.

While the ticket buying process has been made very simple by the Snowbombing admin (the event wristband is included in the price of the accommodation you choose), the options are so numerous, you better head on over to the official Snowbombing page to decide for yourself what amenities are best for you.

 

Top Albums of 2010: Editor’s Picks

 
By on Monday, 13th December 2010 at 11:00 am
 

Another year has gone, which means with the whole load of albums released in 2010, your faithful editor has gone through and chosen what she considers the best of the year. Agree? Disagree? As always on TGTF, comments are welcome.

1. Delphic‘Acolyte’ (Polydor/Chimeric) – It’s always dangerous to say an album released so early in the year is wonderful, because you leave no room for anything else that comes after it. But after minimal internal debate, it was obvious which album I would choose as #1. The timelessness of this album wasn’t immediately apparent until I started listening to it, from start to finish and voraciously, for the first 3 months of 2010. It’s one of those debut albums that I know I’m going to look back in 10, 20 years and wonder how it was even possible for three guys to write such a sonic masterpiece in a cottage in the Lake District. (And later realised with producer Ewan Pearson, of course.)

The first time I heard ‘Submission’, still my favourite song on the album with its clean electronic sounds, the ever so funky bass and drums and crashing guitar, I was near tears. (As I wrote on the official Roskilde blog in May 2010, “…I consider [this] to be one of the best songs ever recorded. It’s that good. Should I run into them at the festival, I want to give them all hugs and weep on their shoulders.”) I’ll be honest, I’m a little scared about where the band is going for their sophomore album, but I’m confident in the band’s talent that whatever the three of them agree on for the new release will be great.

2. Two Door Cinema Club‘Tourist History’ (Kitsune) – It was a real struggle to figure out which of my top two albums would have to be the runner-up. The only reason why I put Two Door Cinema Club’s in at #2 is that there are two songs on here that feel like filler that I could do without. (I will say however that these two as live versions are a different story, because having seen the band twice this year, I actually liked the live versions a whole lot better than the ones committed to disc.) These are songs that will never leave your brain, because they’re so damn catchy. You can read my review of the album here. Definitely looking forward to the next album, bring it on boys.

3. The Hundred in the Hands‘The Hundred in the Hands’ (Warp) – Sleigh Bells? Overhyped. LCD Soundsystem? Good but ‘This is Happening’ pales in comparison to this. Sorry. The Hundred in the Hands: now this is the sound you should be listening to. This is 2010 synthpop with guitars, the way ’80s New Wave bands did it and did it right. This couple from Brooklyn have taken the best from New Wave and added emotional fragility with Eleanore Everdell’s beautifully expressive voice. Brilliant. You can read my review of the album here. I kick myself every time I remember I missed seeing them at teeny tiny DC9, headlining Liberation Dance Party.

4. Broken Bells‘Broken Bells’ (Columbia) – James Mercer’s voice couldn’t be beat. He’s just cool. And Danger Mouse? Put two cool cats in the same room with their ‘toys’ (all those wonderful instruments they can play and electronic gizmos aplenty) and let them go to town. The instrumentation is chill, dude. This is lounge music for the masses with a touch of sci-fi thrown in there for good measure. Good stuff to relax to. I hope this is one of those ‘side projects’ that turns into something more permanent, because not only are their recordings great, they’re pretty good live as well.

5. Villagers‘Becoming a Jackal’ (Domino) – The UK market has been saturated with indie folk pop acts. Some of them will be one trick ponies, never to be heard from again. And then there’s Conor J. O’Brien. You can’t teach someone how to write a good song. You either have it or you don’t. And without a doubt, O’Brien has it. He sings with the experience of someone decades older yet he’s not even 30 yet. After leaving me near breathless live this summer, I’m expecting great things from this ‘kid’ from Malahide.

Under the cut: albums that almost made the top 5…as well as some albums that disappointed.
Continue reading Top Albums of 2010: Editor’s Picks

 

Album Review: Groove Armada – White Light

 
By on Tuesday, 23rd November 2010 at 2:00 pm
 

A couple months ago, Groove Armada made the announcement that they would never tour again. While this prospect is pretty upsetting, especially to someone like me who has never seen them live, as they only ever seemed to play in the major music markets (New York and Los Angeles), it made me wonder what Andy Cato and Tom Findlay would be doing in their free time. ‘White Light’, released last month, may be one answer to this question – spending more time in the studio, plugging away at new and exciting material. I’d like to believe this means many Groove Armada releases in the future. Oh, to be a fly on the wall…

While it seems ridiculously redundant for a electronic dance outfit to put out an album of remixes (more beats! more synths!), in Groove Armada’s case, they can completely forgiven with respect to what ‘White Light’ is and represents. ‘Black Light’, its predecessor, was released in early 2010 and featured some amazing collaborations, like ‘Shameless’ featuring the legendary Bryan Ferry, ‘History’ featuring Will Young and ‘Paper Romance’ featuring SaintSaviour and Fenech-Soler. ‘White Light’, touted as an album of remixes and reinterpretations, is not so much a repeat of ‘Black Light’ jumped up on E or acid but instead a nice counterpoint, a disc two if you will.

The new album includes a brand new track, ‘1980’. I guess Cato and Findlay, like Ash in their ‘A-Z’ series, think 1980 was a pretty good year to be immortalised in song. Nice song to get your body grooving. Interestingly, there are two versions of ‘History’ on here, one called just plain ‘History’, and then you’ve got the ‘Love remix’. The latter is smoother, likely to make you slink around the house listening to it on your high quality speakers (unless of course, you’re at your favourite dance place and you’ve slipped a copy of it to your friend, the DJ).

What I really like with what they’ve done with ‘White Light’ is that they haven’t gone the usual route for remix albums: tacking on needlessly long and repetitive instrumental intros or outros that are fine when you are buzzed but you quickly get bored of when you’re in daylight. More likely, they had been knocking about with alternatives to the ‘Black Light’ versions and said, what the heck, we like these a lot too, let’s release them!

Case in point: they’ve managed to take the radio-friendly ‘Paper Romance’, my favourite off ‘Black Light’, and make it even better. As the pre-chorus builds with “I feel your heat / I never wanna let you go”, then the track shoots straight into the stratosphere, with the anthemic words, “yeah, you can write me a love letter / but there’s nothing to say / don’t wanna take a chance on your paper romance anyway”. You can just imagine club-goers, hands in the air, going mental over this track and its mad beats as multi-coloured lights flash in gaiety. I don’t think you need ‘Black Light’ to appreciate ‘White Light’, but I’d argue this is the better one to start with if you don’t have its ‘earlier incarnation’. For a taste, watch/listen to the taster video below.

8/10

‘White Light’ is available now from now from Cooking Vinyl.

 

MP3 of the Day #220: Groove Armada

 
By on Friday, 30th July 2010 at 10:00 am
 

Groove Armada‘s next single, ‘History’ featuring Will Young, will be released on 30 August. In anticipation of the single being dropped, we can offer you this groovy remix today. Grum should be a familiar name to you if he isn’t already: he’s remixed the likes of Friendly Fires (‘Skeleton Boy’), Lady Gaga (‘Bad Romance’) and Marina and the Diamonds (‘OH NO!’)

MP3: Groove Armada – History (Grum remix)

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