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Groove Armada & Mr Doris – El Chiringuito Beach House Sessions Volume One

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Label: Seamless RecordingsScore: 7.5/10 

El Chiringuito Beach House Sessions Volume One was unveiled 19 August 2013 on Seamless Records. The outstanding compilation will donate €1 for every CD sold to The Doncaster Youth Jazz Organisation, a charity that harnesses the power of music education to build character in young minds. Two discs make up the volume. The first is a live set from Groove Armada and the second comes from Mr. Doris, both of which are teeming with new sounds and exclusive re-edits, having taken place at El Chiringuito Beach Club at the summer 2013 season opening.

Mr Doris, adored We Love and Pacha resident, tailored Disc One to a high standard of summery vibes extracted from funk, soul, latin and afro beats. The discs begin spinning with Thievery Corporation’s ‘Until The Morning’, a soulful reggae vibe to get things in motion. Creams of the crop, The Quantic Soul Orchestra and Alice Russell medicate your ears with just the right milligram of funk and soul, performing ‘Left & Right’. Gregory Porter washes the mix over with a slow, incoming tide of piano keys, top hats, and brass. So much brass. It’s a superb piece of charged jazz and an excellent finale to the disc.

Subsequently, Groove Armada brings up the pace with Disc Two, an emblematic compilation of funk and electronica. The second disc, largely made up of Groove Armada tracks, contains the first listen of two tracks by the duo, Andy Cato and Tom Findlay. We’re led into the night with Groove Armada’s own, ‘Closer’. That may sound cringe, but you’ll know what I mean once you hear it properly. It’s a track that evokes nostalgic flashbacks of the good times and the bad, all the while shining light down on the path forward. Midland’s ‘Trace’ is an ecstatic crescendo with a sinister bassline to keep the crowd curiously suspicious of one another. It provides a perfect segue into a resurge of the Groove Armada 2012 hit, ‘Activate My Heart’, this time, tweaked exclusively to the volume and rhythm of El Chriniguito. The unreleased ‘Lean On Your Love’ steps in ⅔ of the way through the disc. Devilish chords dance a circle of samba-like drums, while powerful female vocals lead the crowd.

The Doncaster Youth Jazz Organisation wasn’t chosen at random to be the recipient of such charity. No, the organisation and Cato go way back. He’s a former member of the club and the organisation made him the musician he is today. In January 2012, Groove Armada held a fundraiser for the organisation at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London, effectively raising £22,000 for the organisation. It’s efforts like this that make it apparent how artists should think about the ethos of their music. In addition to giving back to your roots and encouraging grassroots music education, it’s a marketing tactic that could never be seen in a bad light. Straying away from the war against music piracy, products like this encourage consumers to purchase music for a worthy cause. On top of that, these two sessions could be your best friends, day or night, pool party or cellar party.

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