Groove Armada

Soundboy Rock

Eager to shrug off their reputation as chillout bores, Groove Armada have stepped up their game with a couple of recent killer singles. ‘Get Down’ gives a spring-loaded platform to the awesomely elastic vocal talents of grime MC Lady Stush, and the brilliant ‘Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)’ is the best thing committed to wax by any current or former Sugababe since ‘Overload’. Groove Armada spoil their broth with a deluge of unnecessary collaborations – Candi Staton is only here for spurious soul credibility and who needs to hear the melodica skills of Hard-Fi’s Rich Archer? – but there are enough moments of peachy, cinematic electro-soul on ‘Soundboy Rock’ to make any dinner party seem like a survivable prospect.

Sam Richards
5 / 10

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