Groove Armada presents Red Light - Freeze 2011 review

'Groove Armada return to their warehouse roots'

Groove Armada presents Red Light - Freeze 2011 review

Photographer: Sara BowreyMatt Cook on 29 October 2011

7/10

Freeing themselves from the constraints of a heavily toured live show, Groove Armada return to their warehouse roots and go for the more fluid format of live mixing, with four decks and some extravagant visuals, working to rival festival sets from their contemporaries like The Chemical Brother or Soulwax, and overall, their show is better for it.

However, as their set progresses, it feels like they just don't have the firepower or variety to match either of those two festival monsters, and as a result, everything seems a bit slow in comparison. They return at intervals to the safety of their greatest hits, 'Superstylin' and 'I See You Baby' getting the warmest of Freeze responses, and again when they reprise them later in the set.

As the set goes on they draw in the crowds and keep the Freeze audiences happy with a great deal of success. You still feel, however, if they pushed it as hard as some of the pro snowboarders on show, they might produce something really very special.

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