Groove Armada

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 March, 2010, 12:00am

Groove Armada
Black Light
(OM Records)

Dance duo Andy Cato and Tom Findlay's sixth studio album is immediately captivating with a mixture of 1980s dance synths, guitar pop and electro indie. Guest vocalists feature prominently and two unlikely contenders - Bryan Ferry and Will Young - lift Shameless and History to become the standout tracks on the album.

Matched to the simplest of synth beats Ferry's strangulated vocals give Shameless a tense atmosphere and opener Look Me in the Eye Sister shows how far the band have come, as Jess Larrabee, guest on the first of three tracks, takes Groove Armada into power pop territory, but their love of Berlin-era Bowie provides a few downers as in the aptly named Fall Silent.