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Gorgon City

Gorgon City
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Sounds Like: Anthemic soundtracks for classy conquest of the club, hygienic house music made in bacteria-free environs

For Fans Of: Disclosure, Katy B, Sam Smith

Why You Should Pay Attention: In a kind of pairing that happens bloody often in London, Matt Robson-Scott and Kye Gibbon came together over an affinity for the legacy of club music at its lushest and deepest extremes. House music in all its soulful, floating, weightless glory powered their formative 2013 single "Real," and since then the Gorgon City sound has been streamlined and buffed to an evermore immaculate shine. "Ready for Your Love," a skipping club banger with impassioned vocals by Brit belter MNEK, drifted toward the top of the UK charts earlier this year, and "Here For You," with throaty cooing by Laura Welsh, followed suit. Each of those three singles figures on Sirens, a debut album due out October 7 and featuring other prominent vocal turns by Katy B, Erik Hassle and Jennifer Hudson (yup), as well as songwriting support from Disclosure crony Jimmy Napes.

They Say: "At first it was a little bit random," Robson-Scott says of the name, suggestive of stone-faced menace and mystery (gorgons were snake-haired creatures in Greek mythology). "We were working with some reggae samples, and there's an reggae guy called Ninjaman whose alter ego is Don Gorgon. We made the connection to Medusa, and now it's turned into its own thing and we created a world around it. It's like an ancient Greek world with modern futuristic vibes: sunshine, beaches, people having good times with music, enjoying life — kind of like Ibiza but with history involved." As for a less idyllic but maybe more important setting, Robson-Scott says Gorgon City is jazzed by what's going on with dance music in America: "It feels like it's changed a lot in the past six months, with Disclosure on the charts and all over the radio. There's a feeling that people are getting it a little better now."

Hear for Yourself: "Unmissable" shows of all of Gorgon City's strengths, with a fleet house beat at work beneath a purring bass line and soulful vocals by Zak Abel. By Andy Battaglia

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