By Paul Rodgers
VANCOUVER – A lot has been happening with the UK house duo Gorgon City since we last caught up with them in 2014. In 2013, they burst into the scene, coming from their solo aliases as Ruckspin and Foamo to unite as Gorgon City and dropped their Real EP, immediately establishing themselves as forerunners in the then burgeoning revivified sound of deep house.
On October 6, 2014 their debut album Sirens was released, featuring their massive hit “Ready For Your Love,” a monstrous focal point to an all around solid and well received first full-length LP.
2017 shows Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott continuing chin-up on their upward trajectory. They have been releasing their next full-length, entitled Kingdom, one single at a time. Additionally, as they’ve always done, Gorgon City has been releasing a steady stream of remixes, something Robson-Scott says can be a nice release from writing for an album.
“I guess the pressure comes off a bit when you’re doing a remix because you’re not so intensely involved in writing the song itself,” says Robson-Scott in a phone chat with BR. “So you’re kind of like using someone else ideas to create something new.”
They have put the Gorgon spin on tracks for artists like Zeds Dead and Diplo, Dillon Francis and Damian Lazarus. Their own tunes have been remixed recently by the likes of Walker and Royce, Maya Jane Coles and Riva Starr.
“Generally if someone asks you to do a remix for them, they’re a fan of your music and vice versa, we only get people we like to remix our stuff so it’s kind of a nice way of connecting and just keeping relationships with people you know and also with new people you’ve never met before it’s a nice kind of connecting device kind of thing.”
He also said that it keeps them able to have fresh tunes into DJs circulations in clubs around the world on a regular basis, however that should be no real concern for them. Their new album is absolutely rife with a bevy of material well suited to clubs, as well radio stations and home listening.
Their single “All For Walls” released over a year ago makes an appearance on Sirens. It has the same delightful catchiness and universal, feel-good accessibility of “Ready For Your Love,” but bears evidence to their increased prowess as producers. “Blue Parrot” is a bonafide tech-house slammer, well suited to dank basements and warehouse raves. “Impaired Vision” is something completely different for GC, a moody down-tempo track featuring amazing vocal performances by Mikky Ekko and rising grime star Tink. “Zoom Zoom” features the world-famous Wyclef Jean and showcases another different sound, an African-influenced tune focused heavily on the vocals of Jean.
“We were in a party in Mexico in the jungle and our manager just came up to us and was like ‘have you guys ever thought about working with Wyclef,’ and we were like ‘uhh no but we’d love to,’ and he was like ‘I think I can hook it up’ and then literally two weeks later we were on a plane to New York to go work with him in his studio,” recalls Robson-Scott of working with the legendary artist.
While the duo this summer revitalized their live-band act with six gigs in the UK and Europe, it will be their weekly residence in Ibiza that influences their upcoming North American tour dates the most prominently.
“We’re definitely in Ibiza mode still and I think we probably still will be when we get out there in October so we’ll bring a little bit of the island to Canada I think.”
Gorgon City bring Ibiza to the club at Celebrities in Vancouver on Friday, October 6