Groove Armada are one of our favourite electronic music acts of the past decade or so. Made up of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay, they have released eight studio albums. We got the rundown from Andy Cato on the music that has inspired their own distinctive sound.
Roxy Music / Re-make/Re-Model
A band that have had a great influence on us, particularly in the making of Black Light. Loads of Roxy tracks have been on loop on the tour bus, but this one stands out for me from their first ever eponymous album. It shows just how ‘out there’ they really were.
Richie Havens / Back To My Roots
Once I heard this tune, nothing was the same again. I was always a bit of a rare groove merchant, then I heard Richie’s KILLER version of the Lamont Dozier classic, with rave pianos to the fore, and knew this was the future.
Delphic / Doubt (Riton remix)
Delphic vs Riton, a match made in heaven. Delphic leading the new charge of British dance music, and Henry Riton taking it to places Toehrs can’t reach.
Chic / I Want Your Love
I’ve been a big fan of disco for years, and Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards are key to the whole scene. The rhythm section and writers of all the Sister Sledge, and Chic music, and Diana Ross’ Upside Down, this is New York disco at its very best.
The Police / Voices Inside My Head
I grew up with this band, and it’s amazing what they produced in such a short space of time. This is one of their more esoteric tunes, and almost sounds like Talking Heads.
Friendly Fires / Skeleton Boy
I think Friendly Fires have been briiliant for dance music and moved it all forwards. I love the sound of the band, but alongside that whole garage vibe, they’ve got a way with an anthemic chours. And this is right up there with Paris for me.
The Rapture / House of Jealous Lovers
I’ve always loved that angular New York sound. LCD Soundsystem were absolutely amazing, and these lot smashed it on their DFA label. This song reminds of very good times.