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Our first compilation, released today digitally to coincide with Bandcamp's no-fee day, and for preorder on gold vinyl.
Here's some words about it:
If you’re looking for the middle ground, you’ve come to the right place.
Ever since Gated launched we’ve always kept an eye out for those tracks that sit somewhere in the middle of dancefloor and home, between outright groovers and armchair head-nodders.
On our journey we’ve come across these tracks, some one-offs that you’d want to bang out as a DJ, others you’d just like to put on and trip the fudge out.
So we've collected them here on a record called In the Key of G, which is packed full of wigged out breaks, weird noodlers, downbeat shufflers, and glitched out crunchers.
Some names you’ll recognise, some you won’t. But trust us. Open your mind (and your ears) and relax.
As DJ Node says: “It’s got depth but mixability.”
Album mix by Node here:
The first split EP on Gated takes in some tough acid house from Glasgow-based brutalizer Krokakai and some old-school breaks from the ever-eclectic Liðvarð.
First up, Krokakai’s experience as a DJ and party-starter comes to the fore, with two deeply trippy acid chuggers. The Artificial Horizon label boss takes no prisoners, pushing rubbery acid lines and spaced-out atmospherics in the aptly named Doubleplus Acid, before taking it a step deeper with Lost Acid.
Norwegian Liðvarð, meanwhile, goes for the early 90s hardcore jugular on another literally-named track, Quadcore Hardcore, all piano stabs, vocal samples, Amen breaks, and hands-in-the-air breakdowns. Rave Research is even more genre-fluid, somehow combining dub, downtempo, old-school hardcore and IDM into a rolling beaty pleasure. Kosmosis ends the EP with a little snifter of tense ambient, a perfect comedown after all those highs.
This marks Liðvarð’s third outing on wax, following a sought-after release on Occult Research in 2014 and an album on Mystic & Quantum last year.
Preorder from Bleep: https://bleep.com/release/179330-krokakai-livar-split-ep
And of course it'll be on our Bandcamp soon too. Out April 10.
For GTD006 we present the ridiculously prolific The Jaffa Kid with a 5-track EP that covers quite a few bases, musically. Out March 20 via our Bandcamp and the usual retailers.
Daniel “The Jaffa Kid” Pringle has been brewing a steady stream of lo-fi, icy, melodic tracks since the late 1990s from his bedroom setup of various synths, software and drum machines. But it’s only recently that his spaced-out take on techno, breakbeat and electro has been picked up by labels like La Beauté Du Négatif and Brokntoys. On his debut for Gated he takes influences as diverse as Detroit techno, ambient and low-slung acid and mashes them together for an involving and off-kilter 5-tracker. At times driving – see ‘Echelon’ on the flip – at others emotive and deep, the EP works as well for the 4am dancefloor as it does the discerning listener.
This has very little to do with electronic music so I'm in two minds whether to post it here. Anyway maybe you'll be interested because it marks a bit of a departure for us as a label. It's also a very good album, so I'd be interested to hear your thoughts either way.