An urban, bassline, fairytale…
On the 9th August, I was invited to one of London’s most beloved pop-ups ‘Night Tales’, in Hackney, for Gorgon City’s second album launch. Not all will recognise the name instantly, of course those in the House, Electronic or Garage scene know them as on of the UK’s finest dance music exports, but they are bringing their nocturnal, neon noir rhythms of house to the mainstream. In fact, I can guarantee, your 2014 summer was dominated by their intoxicating hit Ready For Your Love. Fast forward four years and they have now worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, from Duke Dumont, Jennifer Hudson, MNEK, Clean Bandit, Katy B, Wyclef Jean to name a few. They have also sold in excess of 2.5 million combined singles and albums worldwide, as well as completing several sold out world tours. Pretty impressive aye?
On the 9th August, I was able to attend the exclusive preview release of their album Escape. Occupying two 1,600 sq. Ft railway arches and a 4,000 sq.Ft sun drenched garden, Night Tales simultaneously transports you to a beautiful paradise and an urban, contemporary warehouse. Upon walking through the entrance, you are immediately aware that this place knows how to combine aesthetic, atmosphere (and alcohol) perfectly. If you think Shoreditch has got creating trendy bars down to a tee, you haven’t seen nothing yet. From their Asahi super dry bar, private booths, club floor (with a cocktail bar), in house Japanese Izakaya style grill ‘Fat Baby’ and Sons of Slice, a totally unique and hedonistic vibe is created. Oh and how can I forget to mention the rustic, gourmet pizza served especially for the event?!
It isn’t surprising that their venue has held some of the most renowned DJs, including everyone from Rudimental, Disclosure, Groove Armada and Maya Jane Coles. Part of my press pass included a free drink for my plus one and I; this meant we were able to sample the refreshing, and yet full of kick, cocktails. I went for the Black Geisha which had a flavourful burst of Beefeater 24, Akashi-Tai Yuzu Sake, Orgeat and black sesame. My friend tried the Sake Spritz, which tasted like a frozen Rose, but actually contained Akashi-Tai Junmai Tokubetsu Sake, wild strawberries, Cynar and Prosecco.
As the night reached its peak, the duo took to the decks in the nightclub tent and filled the space with the club beats from Escape. Consisting of 12 songs, this album has every colour hue in the palette, and every colour works together to create a colourful fusion of anthems. From the pulse racing Hear That, with D Double E, which mashes garage, grime and rap, to funkier rhythms, such as the album opener Kingdom – a track which is taken to another level with indie-pop artist Raphaella and her gravitating voice. There are also tracks which will definitely be festival favourites, with a cracking groves, you’ll want to dance away in a muddy field to, All Four Walls, Never Enough and Real Life. Finally, there are of course four-on-the-floor beats and basslines, Go Deep and Let It Go, perfect as club heaters.
The evening was one I will remember, the venue was alternative and ethereal, the drinks (although pricey) were a perfect blend between boozy and bougie, and the music was on point at all times throughout the gig. The perfect event for taking Instagram pics and making bad decisions.
YouTube video of the event: https://www.facebook.com/gorgoncity/videos/246440266199699/