Debut album from Miami based producer/DJ duo GTA marks a departure from their usual big room type sound and sees them attempting to head down a more refined electronic avenue. Although some of the tracks on ‘Good Times Ahead’ would certainly be suitable for the festival main stage, GTA manage to explore some new and unusual sounds in their LP.
Having only released singles, EP’s and a handful of remixes in the past, this album in a way reflects this history as the tracks on the album do not feel wholeheartedly connected. It feels like a collection of tracks they had completed over time, rather than one cohesive project. This is not necessarily a detrimental aspect to the album, and considering the duo’s self-proclaimed ‘genre-less’ style of music, it could be something to be expected from them.
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Pulling inspiration from all walks of life, ‘Good Times Ahead’ fades in on the sounds of birds chirping and a church bell ringing on the dreamy first track ‘True Romance’ featuring Jarina De Marco. From here, the album does not stick to one particular sound and instead shows off the duo’s versatility in production traveling from a bright and wonky hip-hop beat to a harder hitting UK House number, for example. The former of those two being ‘Little Bit of This’ featuring the Long Beach, California rapper Vince Staples, a heavily in demand man who everyone wants to get a couple of verses from. This is definitely one of the standouts from the album, with Staples’ flow on the beat being smooth and effortless as usual, while also delivering a highly addictive hook. The production from GTA was intriguing and could be comparable to something the likes of Major Lazer would produce.
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GTA also combine their production with other prominent names in the dance music world, such as What So Not and Wax Motif on the tracks ‘Feel It’ (feat Tunji Ige) and ‘Get It All’ respectively. These artists are able to mesh quite comfortably with GTA for the most part, and they bring some needed fresh production elements to the LP.
Exploring new sounds and collaborating with some interesting guests is an attractive step for GTA. However, what they delivered on some of those tracks was nothing too groundbreaking unfortunately. While there are a few standouts among the limited 10 track playlist, ‘Good Times Ahead’ hopefully is a foretelling of the future for this promising energetic duo.