As warm-toned, piano-driven house music continues to wash ashore in an expanding portion of the globe, London’s Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott and Kye “Foamo” Gibbon of Gorgon City made their album debut with Sirens today, placing their keystone contribution in the bridge they helped build between the genre and its ever-growing amassment of supporters.
Sirens‘ beauty is simple, but only in the sense that the ingredients it comprises are few and quite familiar. Like a modern masterwork made in an age-old medium, “elegant” might illustrate better than “simple.”
We begin with Coming Home, the previously unheard hymn for a heartfelt homecoming featuring the soulful voice of Maverick Sabre over a thick slice of the duo’s bread-and-butter beat–no frills, just feels–sprinkled lightly with piano and gently modulated synth touches.
After the long-popular MNEK collab, Ready For Your Love, Katy B wooes over another island groove in Lover Like You, and Here For You caps off the album’s hopeless romantic chapter with Laura Welsh on the hat-happy house tune that begins our transition from the bedroom to the club. But before that,
FTPA steps back the house vibes and shakes loose the previous four from your ears with a shuffling slow jam beneath the voice of Swedish pop star Erik Hassle and a syrupy trumpet.
Go All Night brings back the club fodder with twice the fervor thanks to a bassy, splash-heavy piano beat and Jennifer Hudson’s heart-pumping vocals in one of the album’s greatest moments. Coming across established gems like this and Imagination between experiencing this wealth of new tunes for the first time serves as a reminder of the kind of banner year we saw from the relative newcomers Gorgon City. The LP finishes strong with 6AM, Elevate, and Take It All, which recall the work of British contemporaries Disclosure, rife with claps, punchy synth work and airy, sustained vocals. Maverick Sabre returns for a final ballad in Hard On Me to give Sam Smith some competition for British vocalist most sounding like a black R&B messiah circa 1975.
Sirens puts an exclamation point on Gorgon City’s wildly successful 2014, which saw the duo touch on a variety of modern approaches to house music–flirting with West coast/G house in heaters like Real and Imagination, taking it to Ibiza with Lover Like You and countless others–all executed with Gorgon City precision and finish.
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SIRENS DELUXE* TRACKLIST:
1. Coming Home feat. Maverick Sabre
2. Ready For Your Love feat. MNEK
3. Lover Like You feat. Katy B.
4. Here For You feat. Laura Welsh
5. FTPA feat. Erik Hassle
6. Go All Night feat. Jennifer Hudson
7. Unmissable feat. Zak Able
8. Real feat. Yasmin
9. Imagination feat. Katy Menditta
10.6am feat. Tish Hyman
11. Elevate feat. Anne-Marie
12. Take It All feat. The Six
13. Hard On Me feat. Maverick Sabre
14. Try Me Out feat. Anne-Marie*
15. No More feat. Liv*
16. Here For You (Vevo Stripped)*
17. Doing It Wrong*
U.S. TOUR DATES
October 9 Miami, FL Grand Central
October 10 Washington DC U Street Music Hall
October 11 Chicago, IL Double Door
October 12 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
October 15 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
October 16 Brooklyn, NY Verboten
October 17 Austin, TX Parish
October 18 Dallas, TX IT’LL DO
October 19 Denver, CO Lost Lake Lounge
October 23 Seattle, WA The Crocodile
October 24 San Francisco, CA The Independent –—SOLD OUT
October 25 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre –—SOLD OUT