DANCE

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Michael Sains­bury

DANCE mu­sic, a sin­gles- based genre if ever there was one, has been no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to get right over a full- length album. Like its cousin, rap, it has a bower bird approach, grab­bing bits and pieces here and there, us­ing sam­ples of old mu­sic to cre­ate new sounds. Five al­bums in, Groove Ar­mada can’t de­cide what they want and so try to cover all bases: disco, reg­gae, rap and bal­lad. There are de­cent tracks and the pro­duc­tion is sub­lime, but the pac­ing is all wrong, like an old car tape that dips into the slow stuff too early. Vet­eran DJ Ar­mand Van Helden’s approach is far sim­pler and, in the case of Ghet­to­blaster , fab­u­lously ef­fec­tive. This is a wildly suc­cess­ful paean to the hal­cyon days of house mu­sic, the late 1980s and early ’ 90s. It’s go- go- go from the start and tra­verses the sounds of Chicago, Detroit, Manch­ester and New York’s Par­adise Garage. Among the many high­lights is I Want Your Soul with vo­cals by Sei­dah Gar­rett, a mar­vel­lous re- imag­in­ing of De­grees of Mo­tion’s Do You Want It Right Now. To a track, it’s hip- shak­ingly vi­tal and of­ten down­right sexy. Ghet­to­blaster Ar­mand Van Helden South­ern Fried Sound­boy Rock Groove Ar­mada SonyBMG

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