Electronic producers Gorgon City aka Kye ‘Foamo’ Gibbon and Matt ‘RackNRuin’ Robson-Scott, have been steadily climbing the ladder of success since arriving on the music scene in 2012 with single The Crypt featuring Navigator and Rubi Dan. The duo’s biggest hit to date is Ready For Your Leave featuring MNEK which landed at number 4 in the UK charts. Now Gorgon City have released their debut album Sirens off the back of recent singles Here For You featuring Laura Welsh and Unmissable featuring Zak Abel.
Sirens is a 13-track record featuring a variety of guest stars on vocal duties. Maverick Sabre opens (Coming Home) and closes (Hard On Me) the album and perfectly sets the tone for what you can expect. If you’ve heard the singles then you’ll most likely be prepared for a variety of 90s infused house beats with varying tempos. Coming Home opens the album on a mid-tempo note with Maverick Sabre’s voice driving the melody over chunky hypnotic beats.
Ready For Your Love is the second track on the record and takes you to familiar territory. It’s still one of the best dance tracks of the year and the collaboration between Gorgon City and MNEK is a winning one. Ready For Your Love demands you turn up the stereo, ignore the incoming onslaught of winter and party like you’re in Ibiza.
There is a real mix of soundscapes on Sirens. One of the biggest surprises is Lover Like You featuring Katy B. Normally we don’t care for anything Katy B goes near but Gorgon City have crafted a real gem with her. Elsewhere on the record Katy Menditta proves a soulful vocal on the laidback house beats of Imagination, Tish Hyman takes care of the chillout vibe on 6am, and Gorgon City team up with The Six for the sparse but captivating Take It All.
There are two real standout moments on Sirens. The first comes on FTPA featuring Erik Hassle that combines a melancholy beat with Hassle’s delicate and emotive vocal. It’s pure chillout dance and proof that dance music isn’t all about throwing your hands in the air and forgetting your cares. The second is the hand-clap driven Go All Night featuring the sublime vocal talents of Jennifer Hudson. The track has all the makings of a future classic and it’s not hard to see why Hudson worked with Gorgon City on her latest album JHUD.
Sirens is an uplifting and euphoric dance record that is a contender for our Top 10 albums of the year. Whilst the charts may have turned into a faceless mix of dance acts, Gorgon City are one act that has risen above the pack and become the mark of quality for modern dance music. They get the best out of their guest vocalists and Sirens is an album that demands repeat listens. We think we’ve found our soundtrack to the rest of 2014.