Review: New music from Morgan Geist will always be celebrated thanks to his role in Metro Area, and more recently Storm Queen, and the New York producer is certainly on effervescent form with this debut 12" under his new project The Galleria. The four track Calling Card 12" finds Geist calling on the spirit of freestyle, club dubs, razor-edits and bubblegum-pop R&B there is something immediately satisfying to each one of them. Hyperdub artist Jessy Lanza provides some thrilling vocals to both original versions of "Calling Card" and "Mezzanine", the latter is a particularly sweet proposition, and Geist also contributes some superb '80s style dubs.
Review: It was back in 2015 when Environ boss Morgan Geist debuted The Galleria project, a collaboration with vocalist Jessy Lanza that explored the pair's love of 1980s NYC freestyle. "Stop & Go" is the duo's first single since then, though it's arguably even better than their debut EP. The song itself is superb: a cheery chunk of synth-fired freestyle that's so authentic both rhythmically and stylistically that it could have been produced by the Latin Rascals in 1985 or '86. The original vocal mix comes backed by two similarly authentic revisions: a delay-laden "Drums" version full of sharp edits and extra drum machine hits, and an "Up The Wall Dub" that contains plenty of the vocal and is therefore almost an extended version. Either way, it's superb.