Across the three days of GALA, there are many connections that run deeper than DJ circuit acquaintances.
Connections from the GALA lineup
It’s a special moment when one DJ hands over to the next, or a band comes off stage to the applause of another, passing on the baton to continue the vibe they’ve been creating. For a few minutes, they share the booth and the energy of the dance floor. When they know each other personally, or are musical collaborators, the magic is intensified. You can feel it from the crowd, whether through a long-time-no-see hug or a respectful nod and smile.
Across the three days of GALA, there are many connections that run deeper than DJ circuit acquaintances. Some legendary releases and mixes have been delivered by pairs of artists from the lineup, and we hope that the space we create in the park for a weekend leads to many more future connections, between artists and new dance floor friends alike. Here are some of our favourite connections from this year’s lineup. Enjoy.
A Guy Called Gerald – Energy (ft. Goldie)
In 1995, when the futuristic sounds of drum & bass and jungle were taking over, A Guy Called Gerald recorded one of the genres’ most seminal albums. To this day, Black Secret Technology is a masterclass in breakbeat beauty. “Energy,” a collaboration with another drum & bass legend Goldie, is one of the record’s many highlights. Turn the lights down, the volume up and transport yourself back to the golden era of jungle music.
Hunee x Antal x Palms Trax – Love International Playlist
When Love International festival couldn’t take place due to the pandemic, they tasked Hunee, Antal and Palms Trax with making a joint playlist to fill the gap. If you have seen any one of the three DJs play, let alone them all together, you will know what treats await you on this playlist. Dive in here and shout out to the crew at Love International.
Nubya Garcia & Joe Armon-Jones – Hold
Nubya Garcia on sax, Joe Armon-Jones on piano, Oscar Jerome on guitar, Gilles Peterson on curation. Smooth, forward-thinking UK jazz at its best.
Danielle B2B Parris
As part of a fundraiser for the people of Ukraine, fabric, Resident Advisor and Secretsundaze came together for a live stream from fabric’s main room. One of the day’s highlights was a bass heavy, all-encompassing back-to-back from Parris and Danielle.
Ojerime – Mansur’s Interlude
Towards the end of Ojerime’s most recent album, there’s a short instrumental interlude with, as the title suggests, her collaborator Mansur Brown taking centre stage. His guitar work is some of the finest we’ve heard for a while, creating another beautiful moment in an album full of them. Catch both Ojerime and Mansur live on Thursday at GALA, and check out the track here.
Gerd Janson B2B Roman Flügel @ Robert Johnson
Four hours of Running Back boss Gerd Janson going toe-to-toe with his esteemed label artist Roman Flügel at one of Germany’s finest clubs? Say no more.
Gilles Peterson & DJ Harvey on Worldwide FM
If we could have the keys to any DJ’s gaff, and permission to snoop around their record collection for a day, Gilles Peterson and DJ Harvey would be up there with the top picks. As tastemakers in separate fields, the pair can bond over a mutual respect for the craft of DJing and the love of unearthing unlikely hits. This Worldwide FM show with Gilles inviting Harvey is a must listen.
Keinemusik – Saving My Love ft. Little Dragon (Palms Trax Remix)
Berlin house music crew Keinemusik collaborating with the unmistakable voice of Little Dragon’s frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, then getting remixed by Palms Trax! If that doesn’t have all the ingredients for a sing-a-long summer smash, we don’t know what does.
Paula Tape – Panamericana (released by Bradley Zero’s Rhythm Section)
On the 5th anniversary of Bradley Zero’s beloved label Rhythm Section, he gathered the crew for a 36-track compilation that touches on all the sounds that have defined the imprint so far. We can’t wait to hear Paula Tape’s sun-kissed chugger “Panamericana” ring out across Peckham Rye.
Moses Boyd – 2 Far Gone (ft. Joe Armon-Jones)
Another sublime keys feature from Joe Armon-Jones. This time with the incredible Moses Boyd, taken from his album Dark Matter.