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  GABRIEL & DRESDEN

 

  

 


 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 


Over the past few years, there hasn't been another success story quite like Gabriel & Dresden. With nearly a dozen #1 Billboard Dance chart hits in 2003 as well as their international pop hit with "As The Rush Comes" by Motorcycle (their collaborative project with vocalist Jes) to their credit, Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden boast one of the most impressive resumes in contemporary dance music, and they've only just begun. Britney Spears, Sarah McLachlan, New Order, Annie Lennox, Jewel, Duncan Sheik, Depeche Mode, Evanescence and Dido are just part of a shortlist of major artists that have received the GABRIEL & DRESDEN remix/production treatment. Bloom is the pair's debut long-player and the first of a two-compilation deal with Nettwerk America. You can read more about this amazing release below.

But first, watch our exclusive video interview with this duo outside Nettwerk's LA apartment just as their CD was about to be released:

Watch our Gabriel & Dresden video interview

A little history... way back when, Josh was working at his Mixman software company with his wife. This was before they had any kids or mortgage payments, so they decided to take a risk to give Josh a chance to really do what he loved. His wife got a corporate job which gave Josh the ability to focus on producing music. One of the tracks he made during this time was called "Wave 3." A close friend told him, "man, you have to just press up 100 vinyl of that to take to Winter Music Conference." Josh delayed until just 3 weeks before, but on the insistence of this friend, sent them to a place in Poland that turned around in just two weeks. The year was 2001 and Josh took the vinyl and, like hundreds of other DJs and producers in Miami, walked around handing the records and CDs out to DJs he thought would dig the minimalist trance vibe. As he was handing one to the DJ playing on the rooftop of the Giant Hotel, a local DJ from Connecticut named asked him for a copy. Yep, that was Dave Dresden! Dave went right into his hotel room to play it, and immediately came back out to tell Josh he wanted to give it to Pete Tong. Pete had been using Dresden's incredible ear for hit songs as a scout for undiscovered music in the US. He had Josh hand Pete a copy on the URB boat party and the rest is history...

Dave Dresden and I met in Miami that same year, and he turned me on to the "Wave 3" track as well, which I immediately put on the top of my chart. I wasn't the only one! Renamed "Wav 3" it would become a huge hit in Europe, and soon Tong was inviting Dave to do a remix of New Order's "Something Like You," and Dave invited Josh to partner on the remix This would become the first of their many high profile works that would cement the path to their Gabriel & Dresden production career. While it was on a steady climb upwards, it caught an incredible updraft when they added singer Jes Breiden to the mix and formed their band Motorcycle. How their first international hit "As The Rush Comes" came to be is the stuff of legends – they had spent two straight days locked in their San Francisco studio, and in the last rush before Jes had to be at the airport, in one hour, they pulled together the soaring, epic track that embodies the rush of life, sex, creative energy (and perhaps something else) that overwhelms you as the music crescendos across the dancefloor.

-- words & video by Jennifer Warner

 

GABRIEL & DRESDEN - BLOOM

Due out September 7 on Nettwerk America, Bloom is a double-disc mix album from GABRIEL & DRESDEN (G&D) that intends to stand the test of time. For it, the remix/production team of Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden chose a handful of tracks by other artists they felt passionate about (Sarah McLachlan, Junkie XL, Dido, Lily Hayden), as well as select gems from their own catalog ("Lament," "Dub Horizon," "Alive" [Gabriel only]). Then, using those cuts as pivotal points, they round the program out with new original compositions, encompassing all aspects of production in electronic music which makes Bloom much more than a traditional mix.

More than half of the songs on the album were produced by GABRIEL & DRESDEN or by Josh Gabriel. The majority of works are exclusive to Bloom including G&D's remix of Dido's "Don't Leave Home" (Gabriel & Dresden Mix); original G&D tracks "Arcadia," "Serendipity" and "Athena"; Josh Gabriel originals "Switch" and "Alive" (Bloom's radio single); and cuts by Andian, Motorcycle and Big Top (Gabriel & Dresden with the Bassbin Twin's Pete Houser).


BLOOM CD REVIEW BY ANNALEE

Gabriel & Dresden's album release, Bloom, is by far one of the best mixed CDs I have thrown into my stereo system in a long, long while, really out performing any expectations one could have when picking up a mixed CD. There are amazing remixes of tracks like Sarah Mclachlan's "World On Fire" and Lily Haden's "Anything", and then there are the AMAZING original tracks by Gabriel like "Lament" and "Dub Horizon". This 2 disc set is sure to be a major weapon in your arsenal of masterpieces for years to come. Both CD's are equally good, always keeping you grooving and never dull or too low. G&D's remix of Dido's "Don't Leave Home" is as catchy as they come and Gabriel's original tracks, "Switch" and "Alive" are seriously amazing and brilliantly pieced together. This album is sure to set the standard of mixed CD's for years to come. Obvious musical geniuses, only Gabriel & Dresden can get away with ending a slamming album with an acoustic version of Motorcycle's "Imagination" and make it fit to perfection. I HIGHLY recommend this album and give it a 4 star rating! -- review by Annalee Stone

For more about G&D visit:
www.gabrielanddresden.com
www.nettwerk.com

 
 

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