Peng Sound Records to release Gorgon Sound EP
From Bristol to Brazil, from Brazil to Bristol - It has been just over a year since Gorgon Sound made their debut on Peng Sound Records. The mighty 'Find Jah Way' continues to spin loud and clear every time, having gained anthemic status, this tune alone has set the pair right at the front of a new wave of UK Dub and Steppers music. As anybody who has seen Gorgon in session, running an enviable amount of their own productions in an acetate frenzy will testify, they have far more in store than just the one 12". True to soundsystem culture, Gorgon Sound keep their dubplates tightly locked in the box - Apart from a few fortunate and highly respected selectors, their tracks remain exclusive to the dance. Until now - For their self titled EP, Peng Sound were granted full access to their collection and, after much deliberation, narrowed the selection down to four of the finest tracks. Tried and tested in many a setting - from Subdub in Leeds to Dub Station in Geneva, to the sun baked sessions at Outlook in Croatia and back to the dankest dance halls in Brixton, these tracks are guaranteed to set fire to the dance. 'Rise' opens the gatefold sleeve seeing the pair link up with vocalist Junior Dread from Brazil, a nine-minute disco mix of the original track made especially for this release. The flip of the plate includes another collaboration, this time closer to home. Guy Calhoun, vocalist and bass player from the Bristol 'Dub From Atlantis' collective offers his conscious lyrics for track two - 'Righteous Dub' 'Everywhere I go, people crying bout their money needs, running round town chasing pipe dreams...' - an astute commentary on these austere times. The second plate offers two tougher cuts. The mighty 'Orion' opens with a classic Dub chord arrangement before descending into the most eyes down, stepping cut of the EP. A jagged haze of precision-edited bass reverb snarls below snare tails and cymbal crashes, all held together by a hypnotic array of processed bleeps and chords. 'Medusa' closes the EP: a remorseless bassline strikes against a whirlwind string arrangement as intimidating and deadly as its namesake. Stone kick drums thump the foundations before spring reverb shatters them, leaving nothing but the cavernous bass and string section - fading away to an inky black end. Taking full pride in the product and paying close attention to sound quality, each track has been mastered by Lewis at Stardelta via half-inch tape and cut with the sound system in mind, ensuring that these tracks bang as loudly in the dance as they should. The Kraftliner gatefold sleeve that holds both 180g records is a visual collaboration between the Bandulu records art director Joshua Hughes-Games and Studio Tape-Echo, a bricolage of appropriated visuals, abused Letraset, vintage type specimen books and broken typewriters. The Gorgon Sound EP is out on Peng Sound Records on Monday 17th July from all good vinyl retailers. Adam link.