Gala Drop’s Balearic sound entered the wider dance music consciousness with Overcoat Heat, a 2010 release for Golf Channel. Since then, they collaborated with Ben Chasny of Six Organs Of Admittance and toured with Panda Bear.
For II, Gala Drop have brought Detroit expat Jerry The Cat into the fold. He’s known for his collaborations with Arttu on Clone Royal Oak and has also worked with Motor City mainstays Funkadelic, Parliament, Derrick May, Moodymann and Theo Parrish.
Jerry draws comparisons between Detroit’s mishmash of music scenes and what he’s found in Lisbon. He says: “Detroit wound up a city with so much contamination between styles, from Motown to garage rock and then the birth of techno.
Lisbon felt like that when I moved here too, I was going out to a techno club at the weekend but going to see a garage rock show or some free jazz band in the week. The post-Millennium Lisbon has been very fertile musically speaking.” His bandmate Nelson Gomes also operates Príncipe, the label that brought DJ Marfox and his cohort to the world.
Jerry The Cat is the work of multi talented percussionist Jerrald James. He has appeared on several Sound Signature titles: The Parallel Dimensions LP, The Rotating Assembly LP, and the re-issued COD1.
Theo Parrish says “Jerry was playing live congas and Djembe under and over tracks long before it was popular to do so, before that technique became the trend it is today in so much of popular dance music”.
Gala Drop dj set feat. Jerry The Cat
Sunday, 08th March 2015 | 22:00 CET
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