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Gorgon City – ‘Escape’ review

On their second album of pop-house bangers, London producers Gorgon City take your hand and lead you on an unforgettable journey

When Gorgon City burst onto the scene in 2012, they pricked tastemakers’ ears with their brand of pop-tinged house, but it was in 2014 that they caused an almighty splash. Having dropped the total ear-worm that is their MNEK collab ‘Ready For Your Love’, suddenly they were climbing up the charts – and you could expect to hear their tunes several times a night in any club across the UK.

Since then, the London duo have teamed with everyone from pop superstar Anne-Marie to total bonafide icon Jennifer Hudson. These high profile collaborations are a testament to the hard work and sheer graft that the duo have put in over the last half a decade, but even as their tunes rack up millions of streams, they’ve not strayed far from the roots, always supporting new talent and keeping to their winning formula of catchy house. Second album ‘Escape’ is no different.

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The record picks up exactly where their debut ‘Sirens’ left off. ‘Real Life’ is exactly what you’d expect from Gorgon City: slick beats, summery melodies and a huge chorus that you’ll undoubtedly shriek at the top of your lungs in the club. Then there’s Vaults’ team up ’All Four Walls’ – three euphoric minutes of pure pop-laced house at its very best.

While fans are given what they want with a string of catchy tunes, though it’s also a record of musical experimentation. ‘Hear That’, a collaboration with grime legend D Double E, is one of the album’s highlights, all bouncing beats and effervescent tunes, putting the MC’s blistering bars centre stage. Meanwhile, ‘One Last Song’ boasts bolshie dancehall riffs that blast over its scattered rhythms; and album closer ‘Night Drive’ takes a dive into the experimental with it’s skittish breakbeats.

Gorgon City’s debut album introduced us to the supremely talented duo, but it’s on ‘Escape’ that they truly take us on a journey.

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  • Release Date: August 10
  • Record label: Virgin EMI Records

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