groove armada//superstylin & at the river

My friend Max got me into Groove Armada a few summers ago when we were f***ing around in Berlin, and I literally couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard this album earlier. The album, released in 2001, is called Goodbye Country, and most people consider it Armada’s switch from a chiller to a more upbeat sound. The group itself is just two weird dudes from London, and this turned out to be their most famous track, that was actually somehow nominated for a Grammy in 2003.

The song takes a second to pick up, but is so damn good when the *beat drops*. It reminds me of driving really fast along this kinda spooky, cliff-lined road in SF alongside the Pacific Ocean…probably because I did that really recently while listening to this song, so yeah. The samples are fun, the beat is quick, and it’s characterized by a dancehall sound that, as much as I hate myself for saying this, is truly the best shit to listen to in the summer.

While we’re on Groove Armada, I have to throw this other song out there, which is technically my favorite of theirs and mos def in my top 10 of all time. I love this song so f***ing much that I don’t really have much to say about it, except I will ask one question that literally plagues me every time I listen to it. Who in the world can pull off a song this unbelievable with just one lyric and a creepy trumpet solo? Groove Armada can, apparently.

If you’re fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there…

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