I’ve said this before and I will say it again: Britain is where it’s at when it comes to electronic and house music. The talent coming out of England at the moment, London in particular, is astounding. One of the city’s more recent exports is, Gorgon City, a collaborative effort between producers Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott and Kye “Foamo” Gibbon. This past year has been huge for the duo; they’ve exploded onto the scene, seemingly out of nowhere, and show no signs that they’ll be slowing down anytime soon.
While the pair had crossed paths years ago on the European DJ circuit, it was their shared manager that suggested they collaborate musically. They got together, played around with a few ideas, and ended up finishing tracks – quite a feat considering both Matt and Kye had been for some time experiencing creative roadblocks within their own solo projects. It was then that Gorgon City was born.
In December of 2013, Gorgon City released their first official single,”Real” featuring Yasmin, a DJ and singer-songwriter from Manchester, followed soon after by “Intentions” featuring Clean Bandit. While these two tracks tickled the fancy of fans of electronic and dance music in the UK, it wasn’t until the beginning of 2014 when the duo released their second single, a collaboration with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter MNEK, that their musical style was truly recognized as new and unique. “Ready For Your Love”, whose sound caught the attention of BBC Radio 1 host Annie Mac and American DJ/producer Diplo to name a few, propelled Gorgon City into the UK music scene.
In October, Gorgon City released their first full-length album entitled Sirens, released via Black Butter Records, home to acts such as drum and bass crossover Rudimental, Sinead Harnett, and Kidnap Kid. The album, drenched in deep house, jungle, and electronic influence, boasts a solid line-up of featured artists, including, in addition to those mentioned above, Anne-Marie (currently lending her phenomenal voice to Rudimental on tour and keeping me awake every night whilst I listen to “Elevate” on repeat), Jennifer Hudson, Katy B, Laura Welsh, and Maverick Sabre. The video for single “Here For You” featuring Laura Welsh can be seen below.
Over the past year, Gorgon City have been busy on the road, both supporting Black Butter brothers Rudimental during their Australian tour and making festival stops across England. Their focus has now shifted to the recently-announced Black Butter Records North American Tour, also featuring label-mate Kidnap Kid, with stops in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, San Diego, and Playa del Carmen in Mexico for the BPM Festival next month. Following this, Gorgon City will embark on a headlining tour which will see them return to North America following a stint back in the UK. Select upcoming tour dates are listed below.
Gaining popularity by the second, you can expect to see Gorgon City emerge as the next powerhouse duo of house music.
Black Butter Records North American Tour
January 7th, 2015 – Commonwealth Bar – Calgary
January 8th, 2015 – Union Hall – Edmonton
January 9th, 2015 – Celebrities – Vancouver
Gorgon City: Live – North America Headlining 2015 Tour
February 17th, 2015 – Venue TBA – New York, NY
February 18th, 2015 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
February 20th, 2015 – The Fonda Theater – Los Angeles, CA
February 21st, 2015 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
March 25th, 2015 – Société des Arts Technologiques (SAT) – Montreal, QC
March 26th, 2015 – The Hoxton – Toronto, ON
Written by Victoria Rae