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Goga G, Tbilisi (Maloos Music)
CD Reviews: March 26, 2015

03/26/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Goga G, Tbilisi (Maloos Music)

There are velvet-rope clubs in a lot of the world’s cities, as you know, and each of these scenes has at least one or two DJs who are legitimately trying to break worldwide. Then there are the guys who want to pump the stock of their own city while working their way up — for example this 29-year-old Georgian, a.k.a. Goga Graffiti, who’s old enough to have experienced the bleaker moments of post-Soviet turmoil, the cure for which is, obviously, chicks in leopard-pattern latex writhing to house music in space-age-looking clubs. Tbilisi is his home city, an area whose real estate and quality of life have been in boom mode since the Rose Revolution of 2003; he’s done time as a resident at several city joints, which have names like Missoni and Studio 11. This artist EP features four originals of a tech-house bent, a little industrial noise decorating the edges of winsome ditties and fractals that might remind you of Steve Lawler. There are no vocal-led singles, but all the tunes, “Zmg” in particular, have enough Rohypnol prettiness to compete with any third-shift DJ at the all-nighter places. B Eric W. Saeger





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