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Playlist: Groove Armada

By | Published on Saturday 17 July 2010

Groove Armada was formed by Tom Findlay and Andy Cato in the mid-nineties. They first found fame with their single ‘At The River’, taken from second album ‘Vertigo’, when it was relased for a second time in 1999 (it was originally released as their debut single two years earlier). Ten years on they have now released six studio albums, which have spanned a variety of genres and cemented them as one of the biggest names in UK dance music.

Their most recent album, ‘Black Light’, was released in February and features guests including Bryan Ferry, Will Young, Empire Of The Sun’s Nick Littlemore, Fenech-Soler and Saint Saviour.

As well as all this, Tom and Andy are the men behind the Lovebox Festival, now in its seventh year, which kicks off in London’s Victoria Park today. Headlining tonight is Dizzee Rascal, with Roxy Music topping the bill tomorrow and Grace Jones closing what will have been an incredibly eclectic weekend of music on Sunday.

Ahead of that, we asked Tom to put together a Powers Of Ten playlist for us.

Click here to listen to Tom’s playlist in Spotify, and then read on to find out more about his selections.

01 LCD Soundsystem – I Can Change
For me, this is the outstanding tune off the new LCD album. It’s a step away from James Murphy’s normal declamatory vocal style to something incredibly moving – annoyingly he can really sing.

02 Todd Rundgren – I Saw The Light

Todd’s a bit of a songwriting hero, I’ve always been a sucker for that 70s, freewheelin’ Carole King sort of a sound. Whenever I’m having a bad day, this tune gives me a lift.

03 Bombay Bicycle Club – Always Like This

I saw this lot at Glastonbury last month and they were brilliant – I can’t wait for them to play Lovebox. They’ve just put a new album out, but this is the highlight of their last album. I think they’re going to be massive.

04 Yeasayer – Ambling Alp

Saw this band live in Poland last month and they were utterly brilliant, the best live performance I have seen this year. They dropped this track as the last tune, and the place went off. No wonder.

05 Michael McDonald – I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)

I’m a sucker for blue eyed soul, it’s my guilty pleasure. Hall & Oates, Boz Scaggs, I’m uttterly shameless. People’ll recognise this sample from a big Warren G tune back in the day, but the original is even better.

06 Hurts – Wonderful Life

There have been some brilliant bands emerging this year. They all sound great, and look even better. This bands Hurts made my favourite song of the year, and here it is.

07 Groove Armada – Fall Silent

It’s my birthday as I write this, so I had to put this song in, because it makes me feel really nostalgic. ‘Black Light’ was a pretty tough record to make, but we came through it, and this one really reminds of some of the mayhem around it.

08 Al Green – Simply Beautiful

Whenever I’m feeling a little exhausted the morning after the night of a big gig I reach for Al Green. I just love the way he sings this track, it’s almost like he’s whispering in your ear.

09 Boy 8 Bit – Cricket Scores

I’m playing a lot in Ibiza this summer, so I’ve never been too far away from house music for a while now. I felt I had to give some props to my favourite dance producer of the moment, Boy 8 Bit. He’s done so much good shit, but this one really stands out.

10 Andre 3000 – Roses

‘The Love Below’ blew my mind, and having played it to death I’m coming back for a second helping. I think it’s sounding even better this time around.