04 Nov 2010
in Music, Reviews Tags: album of the week, black light, Groove Armada, white light
This week I have been getting into Groove Armada. After seeing them a couple of weeks ago and already having the Black Light album I have been listening to it more and more. One of the favourite tracks being ‘Shameless’, but the whole album is definitely worth a listen. They have released White Light to accompany the original album, which I have to admit I am yet to listen to but when I get my hands on it I will be sure to let you know what I think.
14 Oct 2010
in Music, Reviews Tags: 02 Academy, Groove Armada, Leeds, music, Review
An explosion of light, music, base and one of the best gigs I have been to all year. Groove Armada raised the roof last Thursday (7th October) at the O2 Academy with an amazing performance from start to finish.
The band, formed in the mid 90s are well known for collaborating with various artists and have had numerous successes from their beginning to now, with the recent release of their new album, Black Light (and soon White Light to be released on the 18th October to include live studio re-workings of tracks from Black Light). On Thursday night the band brought scenes of Ibiza to Leeds with some of their classic dance tunes such as Superstylin’. The whole crowd were caught in the music, the on stage dancing and light show creating a true rave right inside Leeds O2 Academy. Renowned for trying different things, their new album is no different and on Thursday night they played a mixture of the old and new music. Both had the same effect on the crowd with everyone enjoying the classic dance tunes.
Towards the end of the evening the trumpet came out and took centre stage during a few of their famous tunes such as Whatever Whenever creating a real eerie atmosphere until the base kicked in. Throughout the whole performance the main focal point was the leading lady who had an impressive change of outfits as well as some wacky dance moves. She set the tone for the audience to get involved and join her in a bit of dancing. This was all supplemented by an awe inspiring light show, with flashing lights to simulate guns and lasers creating a great feeling inside the Academy.
This is rumoured to be one of their last tours for a while and for anyone that was thinking of going I would definitely recommend it. When they left the stage for the final time the crowd were shouting ‘more’ and it just summed up the whole evening and the buzz they had created whilst on stage. Combining the lights, music, flashing outfits, crazy dancing and mix of old and new songs the whole show was a complete hit.