Groove Armada - The Best Of
As the pr tactfully suggests, the name Groove Armada is more familiar than most of their tracks. The work of the British duo, active since the mid-90s, falls broadly between Air-style chill-out and the sort of dance music peddled by Basement Jaxx and Leftfield.
In fact, At The River, arguably their best known tune, is something of a downtempo classic. Few can be unacquainted with its evocations of the seaside and soothing trumpet part. My Friend is less instantly recognisable perhaps, but should click with anyone whose CD collection includes more than a couple of chill-out compilations.
Groove Armada's familiar upbeat output includes I See You Baby, as used in a certain car ad, and Superstylin', a mean, infectious slice of dance via dub. You may well also have heard the similarly catch-all If Everybody Looked The Same, possibly without knowing it.
Of the lesser known tunes, two stand out: Chicago and Easy, the latter a swirling disco track replete with strings and diva vocals. The rest tend towards underwhelming, amongst them Purple Haze and Madder, both showcasing a rockier side to the band, Think Twice with Neneh Cherry on vocals, and a couple more pleasant, though nondescript, chill-out items.
If you're missing Groove Armada's key output, this is a recommended purchase. However, if you're investigating their past on the basis of owning some of the better singles, then you'd be wise to tread more carefully. While half of this collection is excellent, half is distinctly average, making for a slightly disappointing 'best of'.
Last updated: 19/04/2018 11:41:37