22-year-old Eora/Sydney-based producer and DJ Club Angel today announces his signing to Astral People Recordings (Milan Ring, Wave Racer, Skeleten, Bumpy, Stevan) and shares his debut single, ‘Control Dem’.
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Today’s signing announcement harks back to the roots of the Eora/Sydney-based label, management and touring company. “The sounds of UKG and Bassline play a very important part in the history of Astral People, some of our early shows we promoted were debut tours for legends like DJ EZ and DJ Q, so we're very excited to be finally bringing this world to our label with Club Angel,” explains Astral People co-founder Tom Huggett. “There's definitely a real club resurgence taking place globally right now and we feel like Club Angel is an artist and DJ who can hold his own on any dancefloor.”
“Since day dot we’ve been blown away by the music,” shares Zachary Hamilton-Reeves, who, alongside John Halstead, forms one half of Club Angel’s management team Seven Seven Music. “For us it’s been about finding the right partners who are as big a fans as we are. We are very excited about Club Angel’s signing to our friends Astral People. It’s a classic pairing, with Astral's strong history in dance music and Club Angel’s beyond-his-years approach to it.”
Heavily inspired by late 90s UK dance music, Club Angel explores the moodier side of 2-Step, Jungle and Garage with tight drums, sampled orchestral stabs and melancholic vocals. ‘Control Dem’ bursts forth with lively, syncopated percussion, warbling sub-bass and infectious vocal hooks, a remarkably self-assured, impossible-to-hold-down introduction to the Club Angel project, a gun-fingers-in-the-air workout of rhythmic dexterity and melodic stickiness.
On the new track, Club Angel shares, “I initially wrote ‘Control Dem’ back in 2020 when I was still trying to find my sound, and it felt like a real eureka moment for me. I can vividly remember how excited I was after throwing that vocal on the initial idea, I must've listened to the same 16 bar loop 100 times!
”Previously performing and releasing music under his own name, Gabriel Espinosa has long established himself as a prodigious fixture in Sydney’s underground electronic scene, having produced for the likes of ASTA, Colin Haye, Hey! Astro and more, receiving airplay on FBi Radio (who highlighted the then-18 year-old as their Independent Artist of the Week) and 2SER, and recently remixing Fred Again..’s ‘Hannah (The Sun)’. ‘BIG’, his track with Boy Soda, was also added to rotation at FBi Radio and garnered airplay across triple j, CADA, 4ZZZ, 3RRR, Double J and more.
Club Angel. Coming to a dance floor near you real soon.