22-25 July 2021 Jodrell Bank Observatory

Galaxians

“Fiercely danceable astral-gazing house-influenced duo tear up every show they play, regardless of who they’re billed with.”  – NME

Within the music of Galaxians – the duo of Matt Woodward and Jed Skinner formed in 2012 – lies a powerfully hedonistic strain that does much to loop a thread through the party lineage of their (adopted?) hometown of Leeds. Coupled with the first impressions of what the pair loosely term their “pre-digital dance music”, you might not raise an eyebrow to find out that their cues are taken in-part from classic disco and house labels such as Sleeping Bag or Chicago’s TRAX, nor that their early EPs found homes across the Atlantic on the similarly-minded Dither Down in Brooklyn, and Atlanta’s Rotating Souls Records.

However, it’s the beating pulse of Northern England club life, married with the thriving independence of much of the region’s best venues and spaces that forces its way through on the duo’s debut LP Let The Rhythm In. Recorded at Leeds Ghost Town studios with Ross Halden, the nine tracks come steeped in the Yorkshire city’s less-trumpeted but enduring house heritage – with inspiration drawn from the all- day parties of the late 70s and early 80s, the disco that emerged from the fading Northern Soul movement of the early 80s and the resonant acid house era that boomed across both sides of the Pennines. The heat and dusty decay of 808s pushed to their limit, the sunshine smile of piano hooks and the squelch and splatter of analogue synth punctuate the crackle and fizz of Let The Rhythm In’s nine tracks.