We’re very excited to be hosting GANG GANG DANCE, in anticipation of their amazing new album at XOYO.
Emerging from the same experimental scene as Animal Collective and Black Dice,
Gang Gang Dance blend African rhythms, Middle Eastern dance music, industrial, noise, grime and more. Today’s skewed pop and eerie vocals are less chaotic than their earlier work, glistening with Arabian synth lines and delayed out shimmer guitar.
“Correct us if we’re wrong, but the album of 2008 has just arrived on our doormat. It’s called Saint Dymphna, and it’s by Gang Gang Dance. ‘One of the best albums we’ve heard all year… astonishing in it’s breadth and quality’.
“Their sound is natural yet manmade, gangsta yet gentle at varying turns throughout their seemingly improvised sound.”
“… St. Dymphna spins scattered global sounds into a dance both ethereal and ecstatic.”
Plan B Magazine
“St. Dymphna is a super- produced, dancefloor-ready rebooting of tribal psych… The eclecticism is exhilarating…”
“Gang Gang Dance may now ascend to the bona fide league of geniuses.”
“St. Dymphna further ups Gang Gang Dance’s ritualistic ante and might be their best yet.”
“… a glorious celebration of sonic excess.”
“It all sounds wonderful, sparkling and glistening.”
“Their album is enormous” – Dave Sitek, TV on the Radio
”Gang Gang are the sound of some soon to be found tribe lurking in the wigs of forever. Gang Gang Dance seamlessly blend the sound of something so otherworldy while seeming so familiar. The pied pipers of Never Never Land.” – Simon Taylor, Klaxons
Featuring members of Gang Gang Dance, Ariel Pink and lead by White Magic’s Sleepy Doug Shaw, Tropical psych-pop outfit HIGHLIFE were born in 2008 when Shaw, along with White Magic collaborator Mira Billotte, retreated from New York to the small island of Gaspar Grande off the coast of Trinidad, at the southern most point of the Carribean trail. The pair spent long, wandering nights chanting and inducing trance, recording on a portable setup that Shaw had lugged along. Shaw chose the name highlife to imbue a feeling of rejoicing and high consciousness, while also giving a nod to the genre of african music ‘highlife’, which has greatly influenced his guitar style.
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