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    Groove Armada - "At The River"

    Ever been to the moon? Well, if you ever get up there, pop this into your NASA-issued 8-track for your first jaunt around the craters. Groove Armada found a way to flow on air, filling this spacey love song with synths, trumpets, and a main riff made of stardust: "If you're fond of sand dunes and salty air, quaint little villages here and there..." The track is one long hypnosis, taking its time to lock you in a trance before putting you to bed. That's one of the definitive qualities of these songs. It's wrong to think that a sleepy song needs to be quiet or gentle. Sure, it doesn't hurt, but we're lulled by rhythm and predictability more than comfort. Think about white noise. It's just that: noise.