Times may have changed, but it seems Armand's instinctual knack for soaking up various musical influences and spitting them out again in the form of an undeniably gut-wrenching killer track hasn't. New York: A Mix Odyssey set the tone last year with its awesome cut-and-paste party dynamic, fusing his passion for rock and house. Two huge singles, Hear My Name and My My My followed and left dancefloors and radio stations quivering in their wake.
Now in 2005, Armand Van Helden releases a new album, Nympho, where Armand's production genius and his enduring love of rock and house music reverberate like they're meant to. "If you're a house head, true at heart, and you don't like the White Stripes then you're out of your head. The groove, the bassŠit is house music. Now rock's fun again and it's making the club scene fun. I think we're going to find a balance between house and rock. I just do what I feel."
In a sea of 'faceless' artists, Armand floated adrift by a mile, and the UK's dance music media promoted him as a superstar. FFRR signed him up thinking they'd found a new wallet lining and expectations were raised. But while Armand embraced the attention behind the scenes he continued to do what he'd always done, "make beats".
Indeed the undeniable feeling is still the same, as it ever was. Armand's music is the sound of someone having FUN, enjoying what they do best. Hooking up with a variety of unknown New York vocalists and performers and Armand himself plugging in his guitar, this album has a blistering sassiness. From the screams and power chords of the album opener 'Nympho', to the huge hooks of the killer cut 'When The Light Goes Down' and the new single 'Into Your Eyes', only Armand makes records like this. His renowned sense of music and using it as the tool to move a floor, has made him a household name in the industry.