While it is their first EP, the band is not new to the scene, having been featured at festivals including Amsterdam’s Pitch Festival (electronic music festival) and Eurosonic Noorderslag (Europe’s premier tastemaker showcase), among others – all booked on word-of-mouth of their ability to conquer crowds with undivided energy and hard-hitting grooves.
After these festivals Gallowstreet got a remarkable share of attention for their infamous cover of two “trap classics” – “Cbat” from Hudson Mohawke and “Higher Ground” from TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke x Lunice). Fan videos of the covers circulated online (including a “Hudson Mohawke vs. Gallowstreet Brass Band” video), even earning praise from Hudson Mohawke himself. Clearly it was time for Gallowstreet to put these tracks to vinyl.
For the EP, these two trap classics have since been joined by “Chimes,” the title track of Hudson Mohawke’s latest release. Together these three tracks form the infamous “Hudmo Medley,” which has already been spun by DJs with an advance copy of the EP.
Rounding out the A-side of the EP is Gallowstreet’s own “Blue Monday” — the first track the band ever wrote together. “Blue Monday” features a latin-like groove from the sousaphone and baritone sax, which is later on joined by a sweltering choir of horns. As one of the warmest tracks on the EP, it’s no surprise that videos of live performances of the number on Radio 6’s Eerst Jaap and a recent performance on one of Amsterdam’s ferries have begun to circulate.
The EP’s B-side features two more original Gallowstreet numbers. “Rhino” is an afrobeat-inspired track that is part Ebo Taylor, part Trombone Shorty. Like a conjoined afro-orleans Rhinoceros this track grabs you by the horns to reach its epic pinnacle in a tremendous trombone solo. Closing out the EP is “Mountain Smoke,” which starts with a triangle that quickly rolls into a dark hip-hop groove, highlighted by dueling trumpets and an explosive horn line as the mountain turns into a volcano.
The new EP features artwork by talented young artist Floor van het Nederend, whose iconic dip pen style perfectly complements Gallowstreet’s analog “real instruments” approach to music.