“Sequences of harmonic equations” is the exotic term that Panamanian DJ/Producer Orlando M. Garcia uses to describe his electronic dance music. Growing up, EDM was hard to come by in Panama, but when he was 15 he managed to listen to some tunes over the Dutch short-wave radio station Netherlands Worldwide. Other inspiration came from early European electronic music producers such as Robert Miles and Depeche Mode. Orlando began his current project G-Tek in 2000. However, it wasn’t until recent years that he had enough promotional opportunities for his career to truly take off.
So do his tracks live up to their description or is it all hype? Let’s examine a few. New School FM is a mind blowing progressive house track that is heavily influenced by 80’s synthesizers. I find it shares something in common with the classic synth-pop track Crockett’s Theme by Jan Hammer. However, this track goes much further, with blissful non-lyrical vocals that will have you unknowingly touching yourself. Next we have the dark and bassy track named Cryptographer, recently released by Armada. It starts out again with some rather retro arpeggios and synths before it hits you in the face with a wall of teeth-clenching bass. It only grows more and more intense before a jaw-dropping trance-y breakdown. By the end of this track your teeth will have some worn-out enamel but you’ll probably still feel good about it. Lastly, we have Fantastic from his Majestic EP that boasts a heavenly sounding piano melody and what I call a whale-call synth.
Without question, G-Tek produces some very sophisticated, high-quality progressive house tracks, and I am eagerly awaiting his next release Infinito, due on 9/14 – check the video for a lil sample.