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Veteran London dance duo Groove Armada was founded by Tom Findlay and Andy Cato. Emerging during the late-'90s electronica boom, they scored period hits with big beat/house anthems "I See You Baby" from 1999's Vertigo and the Grammy-nominated "Superstylin'" from 2001's chart-peak Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub). The pair maintained their momentum until the end of the decade, during which time they issued their two highest-charting singles to date, the disco-funk hits "Get Down" and "Song 4 Mutya (Out of Control)" from 2007's Soundboy Rock. In 2011, Groove Armada received their third Grammy nomination, this time for Best Dance/Electronic Album, for Black Light. The group formed in the mid-'90s after Findlay and Cato were introduced by the latter's girlfriend and soon started their own club, also named Groove Armada (after a '70s discotheque), which featured their spinning. By 1997 they had released a handful of singles, including "4 Tune Cookie" and "At the River"; their debut album, Northern Star, followed the next year. Issued in 1999, Vertigo made the Top 20 of the British charts and silver status in the U.K. The album's singles achieved similar heights, including "I See You Baby," which was remixed by Fatboy Slim. The group followed this success with a stint as Elton John's opening band and with the U.S. release of Vertigo in early 2000. An album of remixes followed shortly after, featuring post-productions by DJ Icey and Tim "Love" Lee. After releasing a mix album, Back to Mine, the duo returned with a sophomore production effort, 2001's Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub). The set produced the hit single "Superstylin'" and was their highest charting to date, peaking at number five in the U.K. Two years later, Lovebox (Columbia) highlighted a new kind of funk for Groove Armada, with kitschy vibes and collaborative efforts coming from Neneh Cherry, Nappy Roots, and R&B chanteuse Sunshine Anderson. Funky fifth album Soundboy Rock, released in 2007, continued the emphasis on catchy hooks and became the fourth straight GA album to reach the British Top Ten. The Grammy-nominated Black Light, a darker affair featuring vocals from Saintsaviour, Bryan Ferry, and Will Young, was released three years later. A remix album, White Light, followed it near the end of 2010, adding the previously unreleased track "1980." Before the release of their next full-length, the duo issued a series of EPs, including No Knock, No Ejector Seat, and Pork Soda, while Findlay released the '80s-flavored mix album LateNightTales Presents Automatic Soul in 2014. Their official eighth album, Little Black Book, arrived in the summer of 2015. A year later, they released a mix album, blending songs from Tiga, Chez Damier, and Josh Wink onto Fabriclive.87, which was issued through the Fabric label. ~ Heather Phares & Neil Z. Yeung
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