Groove Armada are a big beat duo Andy Cato and Tom Findlay from England. They are now primarily based in London, and continue to produce and record music as well as hosting semi-regular club nights in London and an annual London festival under the Lovebox banner.
The group has 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 and Richie Havens. Tom Findlay has described working with Prince as his dream collaboration, although there are no plans for such at the moment.
Groove Armada is probably best known to the music listening public for producing music that have featured in numerous media including advertising campaigns, movies and computer games (see below).
Groove Armada first formed in the mid-1990s after they had been introduced by Cato’s girlfriend and soon started their own club, also called Groove Armada, after a 70’s discothèque.
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. The song has gone on to be one of Groove Armada’s most well-known tracks and has since been found on numerous chill out compilations.
Their first album Northern Star was released in 1998, and was followed by their second album Vertigo in 1999, which had a more mainstream and more 'polished' sound, thus making the British chart's upper 20 and being certified silver in the UK. 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 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 and was noticeably sassy and brought a new type of funk to Groove Armada. Some tracks had a rock element to them such as "Madder", while others were closer to their traditional house, 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'.
A Greatest Hits album appeared in 2004, the last of their releases with Pepper Records, before their latest 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", "Groove Extracts" which follow the current UK trend of electric hard-house 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.
Following the successful Soundboy Rock singles, an updated best-of set titled Greatest Hits will be released in October 2007. This will be accompanied by a 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 of the 2 cds, and cited it as an "emotional experience", selecting their personal favourite songs and mixes from their history.
In 2008 Groove Armada engaged in a deal with Bacardi to distribute their new 4 track EP using an innovative filesharing platform called B-Live Share. Inviting your friends earned free downloads and the platform went viral, spreading out across blogs and social media all over the web. However, on March 16th 2009 was B-Live sharing system turned off.
Tom Findlay recently 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 it is going to be the darker side of Groove Armada, which is finally coming out after 12 years.”
|Year||Album||UK Albums Chart||U.S. Top Electronic Albums||Australia
|2001||Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)||5||7||8|
|2004||The Best of Groove Armada||6||—||26|
|2007||GA10: 10 Year Story||—||—||—|
|2009||Black Light (Forthcoming)||—||—||—|
- 2000 Back to Mine (Groove Armada)
- 2002 Another Late Night (Groove Armada)
- 2002 The Dirty House Session
- 2004 Doin' It After Dark Vol 1
- 2004 Doin' It After Dark Vol 2
- 2004 Essential Summer Groove
- 2008 Late Night Tales (Groove Armada)
- 2008 Groove Armada Presents Lovebox Festivals & Fiestas
|Year||Single||UK Singles Chart||Italian Singles Chart||U.S. Dance||IRE||AUS||Album|
|1997||"At the River"||19||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|1997||"Four Tune Cookie"||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album 12" vinyl|
|1997||"Captain Sensual"||—||—||—||—||—||Northern Star|
|1999||"Innocence is Lost" (featuring Boy George)||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album 12" promo|
|1999||"If Everybody Looked the Same"||25||—||—||—||—||Vertigo|
|1999||"At the River" (re-release)||19||—||—||—||—|
|1999||"I See You Baby" (featuring Gram'ma Funk)||17||—||12||—||11|
|2001||"Superstylin'"||12||37||40||—||49||Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)|
|2003||"But I Feel Good"||50||—||—||—||—|
|2003||"Fireside Favourites EP"||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2004||"I See You Baby" (re-issue)||11||—||—||16||—||The Best of Groove Armada|
|2007||"Get Down"||9||22||—||48||33||Soundboy Rock|
|2007||"Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)" (featuring Mutya Buena)||8||49||—||26||24||Soundboy Rock and Real Girl|
|2008||"Love Sweet Sound" (download-only)||—||—||21||—||—||Soundboy Rock|
|2008||"Feel the Same" (featuring Angie Stone; download-only)||—||—||—||—||—||Non-album single|
|2009||"Drop the Tough EP"||—||—||—||—||—||Bacardi B-LIVE Promo|
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 new album Overpowered, producing the singles "Let Me Know" and "You Know Me Better".
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