Groove Armada

Groove Armada

Groove Armada have been created in England in 1996 from the natural talents of Andy Cato and Tom Findlay who have both been gifted beauty and musical competence.

Cato played the trombone in his beginning and won the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award in 1996. They met soon after and the band is still running with success. They are perhaps best known for the singles “I See You Baby” and “Superstylin'”. And they released many albums that have charted in the UK top 50.

In 2011 Andy became the first musician to compose a ringtone for a charity which gives TVs and radios to isolated and vulnerable people. The 2013 album ‘El Chiringuito’ follows this guideline.

El Chiringuito, the creation of Olivia and Jonathan has, over the last five years, become part of the establishment of quality ‘must visit’ venues on the glamorous isle. Situated on the shores of the Mediterranean at Es Cavallet Beach, El Chiringuito prides itself on the quality of food, drinks and above all vibe. “We strive to create simple, honest, great tasting food in a warm, soft loving environment. We use the finest ingredients, locally sourced where possible…” states Jonathan. However the reputation of El Chiringuito has grown not just as a result of its consistent strive for quality but as a result of a partnership between a great restaurateur and great musician in Andy Cato and Groove Armada that this winning combination has ensured that the Closing Party and other charity events have been such smashing successes. We are very lucky to be able to release an album with mixes, recorded live at one of these events and able to give you more than just a taste and hopefully transporting you to one of Ibiza’s most loved beach clubs…    El Chiringuito

Groove Armada and the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. Groove Armada need little in the way of introduction. Since their explosion on to the scene in 1996 with the seminal track At The River, they have gone on to release 7 albums, notching up 3 gold discs and 3 Grammy nominations in the process. The GA live show headlined festivals around the world and played the longest run of sold-out nights at Brixton Academy before they retired the band in 2010. Their vision for a Londond festival became London’s biggest, with Lovebox now into its 11th year. But against this success, Andy and Tom have always been rooted to the free party and warehouse underground where it all started. There have been long running residencies at NY’s Tunnel, Fabric, Sankeys, the Space Terrace (this is their 12th year), plus nearly 2 decades of nights in most of the world’s best Dj booths. Less well known are the dozens of free parties on hills and beaches wherever and whenever they can get away with it. Throwing up a sound system and spreading the love is what defined dance music for them, the Chiringuito sessions are a part of the GA free parties that try and keep the spirit alive. This CD is an extract from one of those famous Chiringuito beach parties, full of unreleased GA material and reedits. Turn it up.”

“Groove Armada are dedicating the proceeds of London and Ibiza parties to The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. This remarkable organisation is the vision of one man and responsible for the life changing musical education of thousands of youngsters since it was founded in 1973. Through music and jazz education, the young musicians leave with a sense of self and a feeling of community. Many of them go on to become some of the UK’s finest. In the words of John Ellis, the founder, “There is something magical about the way in which a group of young people can be brought together with a common purpose and it never ceases to amaze as to how much they can accomplish when, with single-minded dedication, they apply themselves to projects set before them.”

It’s a charity that is close to Andy’s heart. Like hundreds of others, it was this association that put an instrument in his hand and taught him to play. But now, with all government funding cut, it’s only through endless fundraising that the DYJA can stay alive and bring its magic to the next generations of youngsters. This CD is part of the ongoing GA efforts to hel out. The boys asked for no fee on the condition that we give £1 for each CD sold to the DYJA. So when you buy the CD you get a perfect day and night soundtrack whilst keep the lights on for UK music”.

Groove Armada: “thanks to all the dancing girls and goodtime boys that make the GA dance floors happen. And to Jonathan and Olivia for helping us keep the dream alive.”

Mr Doris: “Firstly, I’d like to give heartfelt thanks to Olivia and Jonathan for giving me my musical home on the island. Not many people can say that they thoroughly look forward to going to work each day and that is what you have given me, I truly cherish my time here. Massive props go to Jérome, Javi and all the staff at El Chiringuito for helping to make the restaurant, in my view, the best on the island and an absolute pleasure to play music in.  Big ups to the other El Chiringuito residents Andy, James and Mina without whom the musical outlook would not be complete. Thank you to the Doros clan, George, Elaine and Sophie for supporting me in my little journey through life. Finally, thanks to my Ibiza family, friends old and new, with us or looking over us. You all know who you are and you will always be close to my heart. Hope you enjoy the sounds.