GLXYs debut album Research & Development is the culmination of years of sonic enhancement and experimentation. A fusion of electronic elements and soulful soundscapes, the album marks the next chapter in the GLXY story.
Distant, cascading arpeggios over heart-like pulsations set the tone in ruminating intro Hypothesis, which seamlessly flows into title track Research & Development. As elements slowly combine, the track builds into an energetic rolling beat thats unlike anything previously heard from the duo before. Conclusions follows, featuring a soulful piano hook and wistful vocals from Irish talisman Steo. Rasping strings and techy percussion come together in introspective Falling, the cold, distant voices creating a particularly eerie atmosphere.
A short, modulating arpeggio prelude makes way for lead single She Sings For Me featuring Manchesters DRS. Melancholic chords and a rolling jungle beat merge with his deeply pensive vocals to create a match made in GLXY. Showcasing their moodier liquid sound, Changed Forever features a captivating vocal hook and brooding synth stabs. LP Track flips the script a cameo appearance from Friction reminiscent of his past Radio 1 days leads into a boppy garage beat full of funk.
Submotion Orchestras frontwoman Ruby Wood is the star of the show in Abstraction, her sentimental vocals soar over GLXYs trademark undulating bassline and airy atmospherics. Citing inspiration from garage, electro and breakbeat, Crescent is a nod to the duos influences - Burial-esque percussion over building pads and warm bass. Canadian Anastasia lends her vocal talents on Its Not Love, an analogue bassline interweaving in between a rippling synth motif and her contemplative lyrics.
The darkest undertaking on the album, Fourth State showcases GLXYs masterful technical ability in the studio. Their hallmark synth pads lead into a bouncing, modulating bassline thats sure to light up a dancefloor. Playful breakbeat interlude Rapture captures a moment from Shogun Audios epic 2017 Christmas party at Phonox, with the album concluding on Anatomy, a 6 minute journey from start to finish watch out for that 2nd drop!