I am in a band called Galaxians, based in Leeds. We’re a three piece comprising myself, drummer Matt Woodward and vocalist Emma Mason.
Together, we perform live dance music using a combination of synthesizers, live drums and programming.
Let The Rhythm In is a tour de force of excuberant club energy” CLASH
“Dazzling” Huffington Post
“Fiercely danceable astral-gazing trio tear up every show they play, regardless of who they’re billed with. A room full of indie kids, a room full of disco lovers, a room full of punks – they all fall hard for the Galaxians party” NME magazine
“Channeling New York’s late ‘80s “freak disco” (Was Not Was, Liquid Liquid, Arthur Russell) and Detroit’s Acid House scenes, Galaxians produce a maximum output from a minimal set-up.”Our Favourite Places, Sheffield Culture Guide
Within the music of Galaxians – the trio of Jed Skinner, Emma Mason, and Matt Woodward – lies a powerfully hedonistic strain that does much to loop a thread through the party lineage of their hometown of Leeds.
Coupled with the first impressions of what the pair loosely term their “pre-digital dance music”, you might not raise an eyebrow to find out that their cues are taken in-part from classic disco and house labels such as Sleeping Bag or Chicago’s TRAX, nor that their early EPs found homes across the Atlantic on the similarly-minded Dither Down in Brooklyn, and Atlanta’s Rotating Souls Records.
However, it’s the beating pulse of Northern England club life, married with the thriving independence of much of the region’s best venues and spaces that forces its way through in the band’s live shows and recorded output.
Galaxians’ soulful, muscular sound resonates a raw playfulness, and with the addition of Emma Mason in 2015, the band have forged a path to a sound steeped in the tradition of New York disco and boogie heavyweights such as Inner Life, Gwen Guthrie, and producer/writer Leroy Burgess.
In recent years the band’s appearances at Beacons, Blue Dot, Beat-Herder, and Tramlines festivals have gathered significant praise for the bristling energy of their live performances.
Galaxians have played alongside acts such as Horse Meat Disco, Tom Tom Club, Jessy Lanza, The Juan Maclean, Golden Teacher, Auntie Flo, Zombie Zombie, Discodeine, Ultramagnetic MCs, Ital, Happy Meals and more.
- Let The Rhythm In (Dither Down 2017)
- Out They Minds (Dither Down 2017)
- Personal Disco Component (Dither Down 2014)
- Galaxians (self-titled) (Rotating Souls 2014)
- plus two split 12″ EPs with Bodybeat (France) and Runners(Leeds)
“Another EP of electronic funk brilliance from Galaxians. Opener ‘Ducketsz’ is a zero-gravity boogie banger combining a thick, brooding bassline with visceral Roland JX3P synth lines and tape-saturated TR-808 percussion. The exotic melodies and sunny drum programming of ‘Skydive’ offer the possibility of a Balearic crossover, and the seductive ‘Visual’ could pass for a lost Leon Lowman B-side until that synth bass solo rips through the speakers on a direct course for the dancefloors of 84”. Piccadilly Records, Manchester
“Galaxians’ mix of 16-bit synths and offbeat rhythms is an instant party trigger in the Noisey tent, with a partisan local crowd buoying them as they bounce their way through a journey of manipulated transmissions and veering hooks – each in turn spiking the mass in front into a delirious fever”. The Skinny magazine – Beacons festival review