After two and a half years away from the label, Gabriel & Dresden (Josh and Dave to their friends) return to Anjunabeats with ‘Bias’, as heard on Anjunabeats Volume 16.
Dave Dresden and Josh Gabriel have built an enduring legacy in their 20+ years in dance music. Hailing from the US, the DJ and producer duo helped define the sound of modern dance music with hits like ‘As The Rush Comes’ and ’Tracking Treasure Down.’ They’ve created three essential mixes on BBC Radio 1 and won Best American DJ twice at IDMA Awards – a testament to just how loved and respected this duo are in the UK and beyond. The pair made their ‘The Only Road’ and ‘Remedy’ albums off the back of Kickstarter campaigns released on Anjunabeats in 2017 and 2020 respectively, and their 2018 remix of Cosmic Gate’s ‘Only Road’ was nominated for a GRAMMY.
Although ‘Bias’ is their first release in a while, the pair stayed active during the pandemic with their Club Quarantine lockdown streams. The duo kept millions of people company online, and now they’re doing it in real life with their ‘Gabriel & Dresden and Friends’ US touring concept.
“After spending the pandemic focused on #ClubQuarantine, we were itching to make music again. We decided to do something Josh had wanted to do for many years, build a modular synthesizer to inspire new kinds of creativity in the studio.
After spending months researching which modules to get, we settled on the relatively modest setup that would be our sound palette for making Bias. We were excited to take a more stripped-down approach to making music, as well as not being tied to a computer screen while making it.
When Josh first played the main acid lead, we had a shared excitement for it and immediately started recording an hour of knob tweaking. The result was recorded to six separate channels and then cut and layered in Ableton to create the final track.
Every single sound in Bias came from the modular rig. We hope you have as much fun listening to it as we did making it.” - Gabriel & Dresden
Gabriel & Dresden ‘Bias’ is out now on Anjunabeats.