Fresh off their sophomore album Escape, Gorgon City made a trip to Minneapolis on Wednesday. Known for their 90s inspired house beats, Gorgon City’s beats stand out as a unique fixture in the house music scene. Of course, I had to check out Gorgon City on their most recent tour stop in Minneapolis. I feel that they often don’t end up here, with their residence being all the way over in London.
I walked in just before the start of their set, with the end of one of their opener King Henry finishing off with a remix of FISHER, an up and coming house artist that is also worth a look. I’ve been hearing “Stop It” Almost everywhere I go. Most of that is probably because I’ve been putting it on my phone where ever I go, whoops.
Then it was time for Gorgon City. This would be more than a DJ set, with a full accompaniment of musicians up on stage joining Kye Gibbon and Matt Robson-Scott. This included a drummer and two vocalists. In my opinion, the vocalists ended up being the centerpiece of the show. They not only were excellent singers but also brought an energy that pushed the show into levels well beyond what you would expect in a Wednesday night show. Chenai especially kept the energy high by grooving around the stage and pumping up the crowd every chance she got.
The crowd itself was unfortunately not the largest I’ve seen. There was ample room to move throughout the main room all night, but what they didn’t have in numbers, they made up for in energy. From the very beginning the crowd was pushed against the rail, going nuts for every single song and when hits like “Go All Night,” “Imagination” and “Real Life” came on, the energy could be felt, if you chose to be part of the crowd.
Naturally, since this was the Escape tour, Gorgon City drew heavily on some of their new material, with a smattering of their old work from Sirens thrown in the mix. “Kingdom” and “All Four Walls” got early features in their set while other hits like “Real Life” and “Go Deep” completed the bookending of the set by rounding out the final song and encore.
A Well Produced Set
Overall, the set was strong; it featured seamless transitions, great crowd interaction, high energy from the singers, and great house music. I just wish that more people ended up at the show. You could feel the emptiness once you ventured away from the main crowd in front of the soundboard, but luckily the group in front of the board was filled very dedicated fans.
I definitely enjoyed Gorgon City’s show. That tinge of 90s-feeling production really makes their music a lot of fun. They’re definitely worth a look next time they tour through Minneapolis. It’s hard not to dance when their set gets going, it’s undeniably catchy work.