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Sugar Daddy

Sophisticated, influential, rich and tasteful Sugardaddy is your musical benefactor, offering an opportunity to live in the fast lane, to witness the sleazy underbelly of Viagra powered late nights, illicit trysts for expensive gifts. It isn’t simply an old man on an ego trip; it’s about dirty, sexy music for living your life.

Behind the Oliver Goldsmith frames lies a throbbing mutant disco backbeat, where the sound of the urban 80s collides with the cultured cool of the 21st century. The heady mixture of savoir-faire and authority is hard to resist as Sugardaddy lays bare the exhilarating masterpiece that is their debut long player, ‘It’s Good To Get High With The Wife.’

As the musical brainchild of Tom Findlay and Tim Hutton expect an album of great proportions. Together the pair have forged an alliance that simultaneously harks back to the music that influenced their youth and looks forward to the liberal attitudes informing the modern clubber's collection. Having originally met through Groove Armada, they are now joining forces under the Sugardaddy moniker, and have been holed up in Findlay’s home studio cooking up the latest chapter in their respective musical journeys.

Most known in the mainstream for his Groove Armada success, Tom Findlay has been spinning records since he was 16, pursuing a hobby that led him to study in the US and embark on a career that has taken him all over the globe.

Born in Cambridge, Findlay always had a passion for obscure funk, soul and rave, an interest that led him into the Madchester scene when he moved up north for university. It was not long before he was spending more time in the Hacienda club than in lectures and running his own club nights with likeminded friends Grand Central and Simian Mobile Disco.

When he crossed the pond to do a course placement at an African-American college, it deepened his love for the sound of black America and influenced the music he went on to create. On completing the course he moved to New York's West Village where he worked as a lackey at Empire records for 6 months, representing the likes of Guru (Gangstarr), Jeru the Demaja and the Brand New Heavies. When he returned to the UK, Findlay worked briefly for a London PR company but while promoting other acts, his own creativity was flourishing and soon after mutual friends introduced him to Yorkshire-born Andy Cato, the Groove Armada phenomenon was born. But not before a hiccup.

After launching their first London club night; "Captain Sensual At The Helm Of Groove Armada" at the Gardening Club 2, they booked prog-house DJ Dave Seaman whose DJ fee left them bankrupt, only to be tickled by the next days Euro 96 headline about his goalie namesake; "Seaman Sinks Armada"!

Undeterred, or indeed spurred on by this synchronistic statement, Tom and Andy merged their musical talents and unleashed a result that surpassed everybody’s expectations. Their first Groove Armada production, a 700 limited edition of 'At The River (If Your Fond Of Sand Dunes And Salty Air)' took the airwaves by storm and single-handedly defined the 'chilled Ibiza' era. Radio stations loved it. Zoe Ball, then presenting on Radio 1, was so taken that she immediately booked them to DJ a sunset set on her Ibiza Special radio show.

After this instantaneous impact the group were prolific with their follow-ups and soon built up worldwide acclaim as being one of the best known and loved dance acts.

With a unique and idiosyncratic edge, GA straddled the worlds of upbeat dance music and mellow chill-out tunes, mixing beats for huge stadium crowds who bounced along to their 9-piece big band and to top it off they were included on countless chill-out compilations that flooded the late 90's.

It would be impossible to write down the entire GA CV (and the full list is a head spinner!) but they have sold over 1.2 million copies in total of 5 albums. These include Northern Star (1998), Vertigo (1999), Goodbye Country (Hello Nightclub)(2001), Lovebox (2002) and Best Of (2004). Their single 'I See You Baby’ (1999) was played on a loop on the small screen to help Renault shift cars. They have also remixed Madonna's 'Music' single, DJed before stars such as Johnny Depp, Georgio Armani and Liz Hurley, toured the world several times over and in 2005 enjoyed and survived a summer weekly residency at We Love Sundays at Space Ibiza.

Groove Armada continue to be a global force in dance music having embraced everything from folk to psychedelic soul to country rock into their bassy house style. They have a new album in the pipeline and their London based festival 'Lovebox' (Clapham Common 2003/04, Victoria Park 05) has showcased international acts to 35,000 strong crowds.

Findlay also co-runs Feast, a glamorous, gastronomic boutique club where quality DJ’s mix the tunes as world-class chefs mix up the ingredients.

In 2005 he launched, a unique download site that offers hot-from-the-sound-desk mp3's of live sets from festivals and champions up and coming artists.

The list of artists that Tim Hutton has joined forces with reads like the little black book of a festival organiser and his passport has probably been stamped in more countries than Howard Marks (although he wasn't carrying the same luggage!)

He began making music in the early 80's playing drums and bass for two bands, The Mob and Zounds signed to the anarchist punk label Crass Records. During this time he toured Europe and UK several times over before his burgeoning fascination for funk led to him striking out on his own.

He soon signed to EMI and recorded an album with new group Neighbourhood, a seven-piece (including Dexy’s original horn section) that he put together. More touring followed as well as a stint singing on Afrika Bambaata’s album “The Light”.

Two more solo albums were soon on the way, and he hooked up to orchestrate tunes with the Horny Horns, Lee "Scratch" Perry and reggae singer Bob Andy amongst others, before the Acid House boom kicked in and took him in a fresh musical direction.

What followed was several albums, twelves and ep’s, under various guises on labels such as Reflex, Germany’s Source and San Francisco’s Reflective. This was purely electronic, with no involvement of any instrumental playing or singing; as a long time singer and player of guitar, bass, drums, brass and keyboards, this was a period of stripping back, influenced by the “faceless techno bollocks” represented by artists and labels such as Aphex Twin and Basic Channel.

Next up in his ever-increasing repertoire are two albums that weave together his electronic and dance music influences that had been explored in the previous few years. These were his solo album “Everything” on PIAS Recordings (an album of songs taking in lo-fi, jazz standard and electronic-tinged folk influences) and “Variations” under the moniker Soul Ascendants (along with DJ Nick the Record) on Nuphonic. The latter was a mixture of house, jazz and afro-beat, featuring collaborations with Fela Kuti’s bandleader and drummer from the Africa 70, Tony Allen.

Both these albums were released in 2000, and it was not long before he was enlisted as a writer and vocalist on Groove Armada’s third album “Goodbye Country Hello Nightclub”. This preceded a period of touring with the band during 2001 – 2002 taking up vocal, trumpet, guitar and keyboard duties, and singing on their following album “Lovebox”.

It was the end of 2002 and in the mood for globetrotting once again Tim toured the States with Paul Oakenfold as lead and bass guitarist and vocalist to promote the Oakenfold album “Bunkka”, and then as bass player with the breaks-based outfit Hybrid when he played the live bass parts Peter Hook had played on record.

In late 2003 he started working on remixes with Tom Findlay, leading to this Sugardaddy project and in 2004 he provided horns for Ian Brown’s album “Solarised” on which he also co-wrote “Time Is My Everything” and played guitars and bass on the track.

So to bring us bang up to date, on top of touring with Ian Brown and working with Tom Findlay there is gradual work being done on solo material, possible involvement with a forthcoming Groove Armada album and plans to write for various other artistes. He has also been collaborating with Tim Deluxe as vocalist and writer on album tracks, and with Layo and Bushwacka as vocalist and brass player.

For further information please contact Ronnie Traynor +44 (207) 613 8267 / +44 (0 7812) 193238.

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