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Review: Gorgon City Release New Album 'Escape'

Gorgon City are back to spread their wings on their sophomore album Escape.
Gorgon City

Gorgon City

Gorgon City has released their new album Escape, which is the follow up to their breakout debut LP Sirens. Escape features established names like Duke Dumont, but sticking to form, they work with primarily rising acts like NAATIONS, Lulu James, Josh Barry, Vaults and Raphaella.

After numerous singles, the launch of a record label, countless gigs across the globe and an EP along the way, Gorgon City are back with 12 songs to deliver a longer musical thought. The album is grounded by their bread and butter of soulful vocal house, but it does expand on that palate some.

They look to get into some more summertime grooves with the dancehall record “One Last Song,” which may be one of the weaker tracks on the record and feels a little like that "airport reggae” Rihanna has talked about. Then they link up D Double E on “Hear That,” which combines garage, grime and rap into a stomping, energetic tune. They even break out a little hip-hop break on “Love Me” to switch things up.

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Within their bread and butter of vocal house, Gorgon City find nice range between softer records like “Kingdom" and “Blame” and then festival sing-a-long anthems such as “All Four Walls,” “Never Enough” or “Real Life.” There are quite a few deeper selections that keep the vocal soulful sound, but dive into jogging percussion and deeper basslines like “Go Deep” or “Let It Go.”

The album ends with the slow-burning “Night Drive” that meshes soft melodies, soothing vocals from Kelly Kiara and a smooth drum and bass bassline.

We had the chance to see Gorgon City premiere the album in Brooklyn on August 2 and these songs went off. Bringing out live vocalists helped make the songs sound more organic. With Roni Size standing next to the booth, they had to showcase their best for a legend.

Pick up the album in digital or vinyl formats wherever you do that here and then stream the record below.

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