Groove Armada

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


This UK electronica duo comprises Tom Findlay (Cambridge, England; bass, trumpet, keyboards, sampler) and Andy Cato (b. Andrew Cocup, Yorkshire, England; trombone, keyboards, bass). Cato, a 6 feet 8 inches tall Yorkshireman, grew up 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...

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