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EP Reviews

Groove Armada

No knock

Groove Armada, aka Tom Findlay and Andy Cato will follow up last year’s Red Light, with a new EP titled, No Knock, due at the end of March 2012. Surprisingly, we see this release on the relatively underground label, Hypercolour, featuring a different sound than usually expected of the group. The Armada have maintained their legacy as the release fits the new label like a glove. Thus they are again proving their expanded knowledge and experience of the scene, as well as showcasing their diverse production skills. No Knock delivers a sound that is not as lustrous as past GA-stamped releases, due to the presence of more classic drum patterns and analogue sounding rhythms.

No Knock opens with the first track LUV 91, a nod to the old school deep house sound, with heavy 808 samples, sustaining pad rhythms, and catchy vocal snippets. The second track There Was Rhythm is one that long time Armada fans will enjoy, as it resembles past work, booming with funky affects, bright piano riffs, and vocal hooks. The third track, Stevie Latenight is one for a darker dance floor with heavy kicks, rolling bass patterns, and 90’s inspired samples that have become synonymous with present day techno. Finally, the fourth track, Oh Tweak Me delivers yet another classic sounding beat, this time more Chicago influenced.

Already signing some of the top names in underground house, Groove Armada will add yet another bit of charm to Hypercolour’s already select artist list. With the likes of Huxley, Maya Jane Coles, and Tom Demac, this new Groove Armada sound could very well be the future of the underground’s evolution. With four original tracks each able to satisfy any dance lover’s taste, we can’t help but cross our fingers for some future remixes.