Kickstarting the label’s release journey with GLRY001 comes James Pepper. A figurehead amongst young Sydney producers, staking their claim on the global circuit. Pep’s already swapped headphones with the likes of Gerd Jansen, Denis Sulta, COEO, Hunee and is a close companion of Berlin’s Black Loops with whom he has a handful of collaborations. During last year, James spent a decent chunk of time in the Eurozone, surfing his way through studios, honing the records for Gallery’s maiden exhibition.
Combining grunt and class comes ‘For All My Wrongs’, a fitting motif for Gallery’s debut release. Think a beauty and the beast record, all wrapped up in a delicate bow. Subbed out kick drums shake hands with rich swelling chords, culminating in a brilliant club whirlpool. Settle in on the ride to work or on a dimly lit dance floor.
Next up is ‘All Star’, a certified chugging motorcade. Acid licks and a provocative vocal sample combine, taking this track to the highest of heights. If you’ve caught James play lately, you will have heard this one play out to raucous cheers! ‘All Star’ has also been given the lounge treatment via a remix from close pal and Melbourne native Cassettes for Kids.
James's last offer on the Gallery Recordings tasting plate is ‘Stampede (Of The Elephants)’. A thumping hor d'oeuvre of crisp snares and spacey tones, that strides with serious confidence.