This UK electronica duo comprises Tom Findlay (b. Cambridge, England; bass, trumpet, keyboards, sampler) and Andy Cato (b. Yorkshire, England; trombone, keyboards, bass guitar). Cato grew up in Yorkshire, playing in a colliery brass band and listening to disco music, such as that by Earth, Wind And Fire, and he also won the UK’s Young Jazz Musician Of The Year award. He was introduced to house music by his cousin, Digs, a member of the cult house collective DIY.
He took up a DJing residency at the “Spectrum” night in Cambridge before relocating to London to establish the label, Skinnymalinky. Findlay grew up in Cambridge, listening to rare funk records before moving to Manchester, promoting club nights, DJing and playing in some of the city’s best funk bands. He then moved to London, where he continued to DJ and promoted a night with Cato, “Captain Sensual At The Helm Of The Groove Armada” before they decided to record their own music under a shortened version of the name.
Groove Armada’s music is an unusual blend of influences, spanning house, big beat, Balearic, disco and funk. It combines traditional instrumentation and influences with house rhythms and technology, and features samples of jazz as well as those from diverse artists such as the Chi-Lites, Platters and A Tribe Called Quest.