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The Grooves go back to their roots
on 10 April 2000
What a surprise! A pleasant one, I might add. Pulling in every style under the sun, the Groove Armada duo deliver a fine selection of blissed-out summery grooves. One can immediately see where they draw their inspiration from, and anyone who has listened to 'Northern Star' and 'Vertigo' will be pleased to get such an insight. The beach towel is laid out in fine style with Groove Armada's fine remix of A Tribe Called Quest's classic "Description of a Fool", followed by the sublime tones of Barry White. As the mellow chill slides along lazily, we up the tempo slightly to Sir Raymond Mang's now-classic "Number 1", a much underrated track coming out of the Idjut Boys's Noid stable. Stand up and salute this man, he has a real talent. The Al Green/Mica Paris section may distract a little from the general landscape, but things finally come to a fitting end with Chaser and Tears for Fears, the latter perhaps surprisingly appearing to roll up the beach towel and go home for a sangria. All in all, a well-thought out, touching and often groovy selection.