For a new artist, releasing your debut album when you’ve already released two of the hottest songs of 2013, plus completed tour dates both in the states and overseas it has to be a somewhat daunting task. Critics and fans alike anxiously watch or judge to see whether or not the buzz you created was premature or valid. Luckily, for London based duo Gorgon City and their debut album Sirens, the hype was warranted.
The duo comprised of producers Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott and Kye “Foamo” Gibbon, have gained an immense amount of notoriety for their version of Dance/House fusion. In 2013, the pairing provided the musical landscape for two of the hottest dance tracks of the year first with their single, “Real” featuring Yasmin. Their magic was also shown with their infectious track “Ready For Your Love,” featuring singer and songwriter (who more than likely is and/or will be taking the music industry by storm) MNEK. These two tracks were only a taste of what could be expected from their debut, and in entirety, their debut does not disappoint.
Living in a genre that is praised on a somewhat sporadic and all over the place vibe, Gorgon’s album actually feels very cohesive and well thought out. The album which features guest appearance from singers including the likes of Maverick Sabre, Laura Welsh, Katy B and even a surprising feature from singer Jennifer Hudson, captures and sets the tone perfectly for a fun evening, or party. Not only is the production on the album seamless, the collaborations and lyrics of the songs should also be spotlighted as well.
Sirens begins at a high point with the opening track “Coming Home” featuring singer Maverick Sabre. The production on this song plus the raspiness of Sabre’s voice make for a definite highlight. Not to mention, the song also sets the tone for what can be expected throughout the album - enthralling and claps and/or sporadic dancing.
The opening song is followed by the second single “Ready for Your Love” featuring MNEK. The song which was released last December, was number four on the UK Singles Chart (should have been higher) and not only introduced listeners to the sultry and smooth vocals of MNEK, but the production on this song provides listeners with a full fledge experience complete with being pulled in, let down, and pulled back in. The lyrics for this song are also catchy, “I’m ready for your love.”
Jennifer Hudson joins the duo for the epic dance-floor banger “Go All Night.” As soon as the song begins with minimal production, Jennifer’s voice commands full attention. As the song continues and the beat develops, Gorgon City create a song complete with traces of the legendary Cece Peniston in her heydey. This is a song that will easily be an anthem in gay clubs or House music parties around the world and for good reason - it captures a feeling and makes you dance uncontrollably (I have a little sweat forming as I write listening to this song for the sixth time in a row). The jam session of “Go All Night” is followed by the somewhat mellow “Unmissable” featuring Zak Abel. The song was written by Jimmy Napes who helped to write duo Disclosure’s hit single “Latch” featuring Sam Smith, as well as Sam’s debut album The Lonely Hour. This song once again has a big feel with great vocals. It also speaks to the versatility that is synonymous with Gorgon City.
“FTPA” featuring Erik Hassle also taps into the mellow vibe found on “Unmissable” this time however, there are traces of Hip-Hop and galactic vibes. The lyrics of this song are beautiful and command attention, “Let your body do the talking, I’ll be listening. Do me a favor stay in this moment.” Erik’s raspy voice fits perfectly on this track because the production and his voice bounce well of each other highlighting the power of both. “Imagination” featuring Katy Menditta has the makings of being both a Pop smash, as well as a female anthem. “6 AM” featuring Tish Hyman, also makes for an album highlight because it’s hypnotic and the lyrics are both catchy, fun and relatable.
The last album highlight comes from the closing track on the album, “Hard On Me” because it definitely puts the versatility of Gorgon on the forefront, almost like an en note in the form of “Yes! We just murked this album.”
Gorgon City’s debut album Sirens, proves that yes these guys will be around for awhile. In a musical landscape that is consistently evolving or with people tapping into multiple genres to create what is thought of as innovative or buzzword friendly “amazing” you can easily hear some of our favorite singers or rappers gracing a Gorgon City track. It is my hope to hear Vic Mensa over a Gorgon City track - not sure this will happen, but imagine Vic on one of these tracks creating a song that is reminiscent of his smash single “Down On My Luck” - just saying, can we make this happen or nah?
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