Galaxians

Award: Do it Differently Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Dance/Electronic

Location: Yorkshire

Website: supergalaxians.com

Leeds group Galaxians are a party band par excellence. Acts from dancefloors past and present are recalled in Galaxians’ rubbery boogie style, from the peerless early output of the TRAX and Sleeping Bag labels to punk-funk standard-bearers Liquid Liquid and more recent NYC acts like Metro Area.
 
Galaxians formed in 2012 when Woodward and Skinner moved to form a group that updated the sounds of the 80s dancefloor for the modern age. The pair soon emerged with EP releases on New York's Dither Down Records and Atlanta label Rotating Souls and three self-organised UK/EU tours between 2013 and 2015.
 
A significant development in the band’s style came with the addition of singer Emma Mason in 2016, whose powerhouse vocals and commanding singing style lit up the band’s 2017 debut LP Let The Rhythm In.
 
The album caught the attention of the national music press - Clash Magazine described the album as ‘[a] tour de force of exuberant club energy’ while the Huffington Post labelled it ‘dazzling’. The single 'How Do U Feel?' was also featured on Stuart Maconie's show on BBC 6 Music and on Radio 2. A remix of the single also appeared on award-winning label Future Disco's Technicolour Nights compilation album.
 
The band’s live profile has continued to grow from the album’s success, with festival appearances at Amsterdam Dance Event, Bluedot, Dimensions, Beat-Herder, Port Eliot, Long Division, and Tramlines, plus support slots for the likes of Tom Tom Club, Dam Funk, and ESG.
 
Seven years on from those early gigs and Galaxians retain sight of the principles that make their output, and dance music as a whole, so vital - commonality of experience, singular moments shared by a crowd, and rhythm as the best medicine. With a second album Chemical Reaction due for release in 2020 Galaxians intend to keep putting in work until the lights come up and the last dancers go home.
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