ALBUM REVIEW: Groove Armada “White Light”

Label: Cooking Vinyl
Release Date: 15/11/2010

Following the release of “Black Light” at the beginning of the year, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have quickly followed it up with this sister album – “White Light”.

It seems a distance age since “Vertigo”, “Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)” and “Lovebox” were released, and Groove Armada were at the pinnacle of multiple electronica genres that they seem to adapt to so well.

“White Light” seems to take the Cato/Findlay relationship and ability, spreading it across a wide variety of styles. That would seem to be an odd statement to make in respect of an album, but listening from start to finish no two tracks can be group together in any one mini-genre.

What do we mean? Opening track ‘Warsaw’ is pure electronica – it’s that simple. Imagine the mid-1990s (some of us can, unfortunately) with the distinct acid house sound of Josh Wink’s ‘Higher State of Consciousness’ without the crazy build up of speed, and you wont be too far of this track. As openings go, the distinct acidity we like, and the quick breakdown in the middle isn’t a bad thing.

The irony of a track named ‘History’ with Will Young on the vocals isn’t apparently lost on us, but don’t kid yourself, Young’s vocals make this track. It may have got to 167 in the charts, but the mix of electro-synth with Groove Armada’s own distinct house sounds, extracts a quality performance that beguiles the listener. Something which apparently not many appreciate, but certainly something dark and eery. Then there is the new track ‘1980’ which is a glitter ball, disco number in disguise. Something completely unexpected to be honest. Something which is more Hed Kandi, more sparkly, than this album would be expected to deliver.

For those that don’t know what Groove Armada are about this album is a blessing and a curse. It promotes their talents and their abilities, but there is no unity in some ways. It’s not any one genre, it is a reconsideration of the “Black Light” album, adding the energy and the direction which will drive the clubber all night long, but although this is the “classic” Groove Armada that we have all come to love and covet, this is certainly something which is worth consideration in a time where the electronica has changed so much beyond recognition.

Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Constantinos Kypridemos


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