Decay Records – The Golden Gate EP

The Golden Gate reminds me of San Francisco or the doorway to somewhere special. Either way I feel that the EP opens my mind to the type of music selector and aficionado Davide Zeta is intent on putting out, that being dubby, mesmerising grooves. His outlet Decay Records makes my mind jump to the Culprit LA, Leftroom and Crosstown Rebels sound but I wouldn’t want to attach any stereotype to the label. Just go listen and hear for yourself. The starting track by Philipp Ort sets the scene for the rest of the four track EP. ‘Just Wait A Minute’ has a circular, hypnotic vibe which is accentuated by the repeated, sleepy male vocal. I feel myself wanting more from the start which makes it a suiting opener. Regarding the club aesthetic this works well as a nice steady roller, ready to warm up any crowd.

The remix by Inxec goes darker and moodier with low slung synths and even slower drums. A nice sensual build brings the listener to the unexpected climax which sounds like an explosion of synaesthetic colour. For me this is the highlight of the EP and would work well peak set or as an entry into something even more grandiose and gut-wrenching. The second half of the EP opens with an oxymoronic track by Simone Gatto. It has the feel of being very spaced out whilst also being a bit messy round the edges. I suppose this is why it has been aptly named ‘The Loft’. It reminds me of a pilgrimage. There is the sense of a long journey without a certain or defined endpoint.

On a personal level I want it to take me somewhere but I’m ultimately left feeling lost in a maze. The remix by Ed Davenport is more to my liking and goes a bit heavier with synth stabs and faster drums and hats. The original left me feeling stuck in the dark, but the remix showed me the way out to the light and is a nice end to the journey. If the artwork is anything to go by I am excited for Part 2 of the Golden Gate. Who knows if, when and where it will take us!


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