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Gavin Froome

In addition to his deep techno workouts as Iridium for Lowdown Recordings and his downtempo excursions for Upstairs Recordings, Gavin Froome has dedicated his time and talents to the Vancouver-based Nordic Trax imprint.

Froome splits his time between music production and web design from his home in Gastown, downtown Vancouver. His first release for the up-and-coming Nordic Trax label, Data Tracks To Distant Cities, was picked up by music connoisseurs such as Claudio Coccoluto, Andy Weatherall, and Everything But the Girl's principal producer Ben Watt. The hype would hit the roof with the releases of Fly Me To Brasil, and duly so: the EP moved dance floors from Prague to Paris.

Froome manages to balance deep house and driving techno with alarming precision. "Fly Me To Brasil" melds strong disco-driven beats with electronic synth washes and a super fat bass loop. The well-produced downtempo beats and organic percussion on "Closer To Leaving" are perfect for the armchair listener. Check "Architect" for the perfect aural description of tech-house. All three tracks are culled from Froome's debut full-length, '99s Mobile Villager, which comes heartily recommended not just by us, but also by the dance music press across the board. "Concorde," "Piece," "Skunks," and "Stingray" are all culled from Froome's sophomore album, Post + Beam, by far one of the best pure house albums of '01.

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