Groove Armada

Ritz Ballroom, Manchester 02/03/2010

By Craig Nelson

 

Manchester will be ‘shakin’ its ass’ to one of the first live performances of tracks from Groove Armada’s latest album on Tuesday night (March 2).

Andy Cato and Tom Findlay will be stopping off at the Ritz Ballroom as part of a whistle stop tour of Europe and North America to promote the release of Black Light.The duo’s highly anticipated sixth studio album is due out on Monday (March 1) on Work It recordings, in partnership with Cooking Vinyl. The release follows hot on the heels of the first single from the album, Paper Romance, which was released on Monday.

Generous souls that they are, the lads are streaming all 12 tracks from Black Light on their MySpace page this week to give fans a sneak preview. With a reputation for invention, Andy and Tom had stars queuing up to give them a helping hand on their latest recording, which includes collaborations with stars as diverse as Bryan Ferry, Will Young and Nick Littlemore (Empire of the Sun/PNAU).

The result is a big nod to the 1980s dance and house scene, so it is probably only right that Manchester bagged one of only three dates planned in the UK. Tuesday’s show at the Whitworth Street West venue will include DJ sets from Urchins and Doorly, who have both produced remixes of Paper Romance. There will also be a live performance from Fenech Soler, who provided vocals on the single alongside Saint Saviour, Groove Armada’s live front woman.

For tickets details call the Ritz 0161 832 1111. Visit www.myspace.com/groovearmada before the end of the week to listen to the new tracks.

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