Ahead of the release of Greg Gows much anticipated full length, Lost Days, Social
Experiment Records serve up a mouthwatering sampler featuring two key tracks from
the LP and an exclusive bonus recording.
Greg Gow has long been a pillar of the underground dance music scene in Toronto,
whilst also keeping close ties to the Motor City. He has released on Derrick Mays
legendary Transmat imprint as well as Kevin Saudersons hallowed KMS, and his
unique brand of techno is imbued with real soul and gritty dub, clearly reflecting the
influence of these two great cities. His eight track album is sure to announce him on
an even bigger international stage, such is its essential mix of physical and cerebral
styles, and this fantastic sampler is early proof of that fact.
The absorbing opener is the brilliant Lost Days, a rolling and rumbling dub techno
track with firmly rooted drums and ever more edgy chords. Its a widescreen
concoction that grows in stature and forcefulness as incendiary hi hats recall classic
techno and futuristic synths wriggle across the face of the track, imbuing it with real
Motor City soul.
Next up comes bonus track Cloud Depth, another deep and all consuming cut that
sucks you right into its cavernous core. This one has more of a house music feel,
again with rippling, watery chords extending out to the horizon as rueful pads linger in
the air above. It is cinematic and poignant and is the sort of irresistibly slick groove
that will get whole clubs marching as one.
Last but by no means least, Beyond Time is a moody and atmospheric ambient cut
with spoken words sounding like they are beamed in from the outer edges of the
galaxy. Meanwhile, skewed chords ripple and stretch in all directions and you are left
floating and drifting in wide open space.
This is a terrifically tasteful offering that gives a great idea of the brilliance of Greg
Gows forthcoming album.