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We decided to launch a cassette sublabel for experimental/analogue/modular/ambient type music. This is our first release on that, coming out on Oct. 25. There will be 50 cassettes that have been professionally dubbed and 5 that I recorded at home on Type IV metal tape with hand-stamped sleeves. We haven't pushed this to Bandcamp just yet but I wanted to let you all know in advance. There are some samples on SoundCloud: Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Here's a bit of blurb about it: We take a slowdive into the fuzzy analogue loops of new French musician Akim Drml for a cassette-only release rich in ambient arpeggios pulsing from modular synths. Across 8 tracks (and one inspired electro reinterpretation from Gated regular Sound Synthesis), Drml offers up addictive loops and atmospheric textures, mostly beatless but always emotion-rich, obsessive and cathartic in equal measure. All tracks were recorded in a single take without overdubs, leaving room for pleasant surprises and imperfections. Drml's influences range from Rival Console and Alessandro Cortini to Suzanne Ciani and Caterina Barbieri, but Analog Resolution carves out its own space, nostalgic and melancholic but forward-moving, always forward.
Our newest release is the rather lovely EP from Canadian musician Dopefist. Here's the official skinny: Following two stand-out cuts on recent Mindcolor Music and Touched Electronix compilations, Mike "Dopefist" Verde makes his full EP debut for Gated. Across six tracks, the Canadian native showcases music that dips and sweeps with life-affirming electronic goodness. This is music for the head and the heart, celebrating the magic found in unrepeatable details, a studio full of warm analogue synths, and classic drum machines. Verde records all his tracks in one take, emphasizing the element of improvisation, pushing his boxes to the limit to create woozy off-kilter jams. Taking influences from the likes of AFX's Analord series, Ceephax's United Acid Emirates, and Bochum Welt, this is an unmissable debut: picturesque, dreamy, and utterly unique. Quite proud of this one -- we worked hard on it. And Mike is such a perfectionist he wanted the release to be as good as it could be. Hope you enjoy!
Very proud to present our third release: Goldefish's Passive Pleasure EP. Goldefish first came to our attention after RDJ commented on his track 'Radon'. All he said was "dope" but it was enough -- that track now has over 7,500 plays on SoundCloud. But it turns out Goldefish is, in my humble opinion, a startling new talent. His productions are rhythmically superb and detailed, drawing on old school dnb and breakbeat, as well as acidic techno. He sent us new track 'Moonlight' to complete the EP, which pushes things even further. After communicating with us for a while it turned out RDJ commented so he could get access to 'Radon' so he could play it out. But he privately sent a message to Goldefish asking for his remix of Dare Balogun as well... so that's the hidden gem on the B-side for you. Here are clips: And you can buy digital and vinyl here: https://gatedrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/passive-pleasure-ep Vinyl is released on Sep 7. Hope you enjoy!
For the second release on Gated, Maltese musician Sound Synthesis takes us on an emotive electro journey. The A-side, though, is all about the floor. It kicks off with the atmospheric bass-driven Jupiter Bazz, before taking a decidedly Kraftwerkian turn with the EP’s title track, Xjenza Eletronika. Flip to the B for three deeper, emotional cuts, with Traveller’s melodic intentions apparent from the off. Waiting Rooms continues the deepness, before the EP is rounded out with a little snifter of positivity on How It Feels. The EP’s digital-only bonus track Immersive Rhythms should need little introduction, the title giving the game away somewhat, but a sneaky little acid line works its magic in this spacey and, yes, immersive track. Sound Synthesis is the moniker of Malta’s Keith Farrugia, who has been releasing music since his 2009 debut on Paul Blackford’s Militant Science label. Sound Synthesis is his melodic bass-driven electro project. Out on June 28 on 12" vinyl and digital via our Bandcamp https://gatedrecordings.bandcamp.com or in stores via our distributor Lobster. Clips: Produced by Keith Farrugia Mastered by Keith Tenniswood