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ARTIST
TITLE
Gala Drop
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
GDR 001CD GDR 001CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/17/2009

This is the debut full-length release by Gala Drop (Nelson Gomes, Tiago Miranda and Afonso Simões), comprised of three musicians and activists from Lisbon, Portugal who have been able to understand, revolutionize and mobilize towards the paths of the unknown, and then onto new avenues of artistic creation. Their self-titled record is a perfectly finished, well-conceived, mature work which unites aesthetic fields, rituals and practices that were previously distant from each other. Synthesizer orchestras, German Kraut and kosmische musik, the keyboard hell of French unit Heldon, psych/free percussive tribalism, a deep understanding of decades of dance music, Jamaica's dub processing techniques, an extraordinary sensibility for sound resources and additional mixing, and finally, the mastering skills of Rafael Toral -- all of these are ingredients that make Gala Drop completely unique. The metrics of the groove and backbeat in the drum work of Afonso Simões and Tiago Miranda's percussion, and the ululating understanding of the synthesizer and keyboard phrases reveal a completely familiar yet alien alternate universe of space-y sound that is too good to be just druggy. This record is a document, a revelatory text where new trajectories are mapped and where the possibilities of stylistic exploration are endless. Utterly zoned-out keyboard and dub astral projection through new jungles of sound -- you have been initiated.