Budapest based easy electronica band
Café del Mar & Wax On Records artist.
Alex and Sergio met in the ’90s for the first time. They were working together as session musicians, composers and producers. After the endless seasonal jobs for other bands, they couldn’t keep inside their own sounds anymore, so in 2003 Gelka was born, with their unique sounding: the fusion of smoothness of elegant downtempo, and the harsh rawness of hip-hop beats.
In 2003 the resident of Café Del Mar that time, Bruno from Ibiza chose the track „Please Keep Your Ticket Till The End” to the Café Del Mar compilation-Dreams 3, which was released in 2003 December. With their debut they came closer to their real home, to the bright and sunny beaches, which always give a sensible smile to their music, despite of their deep, urban thoughtfulness.
The relationship with Café Del Mar affected their career for a long time. In 2004 their track „Hidding Place” was released on the Café Del Mar 25th Anniversary- album. In 2006 „Rising” was released on Café del Mar – Dreams 4, then „Os Pastores da Noitte” was put on Café del Mar – Volumen 13., so as the years passed by Gelka became an organic part of this legendary compilation series, but they know that the time had come to their first major work, to the first studio album.
2006 was the turning point for Gelka. The boys met George Evelyn (dj Ease - Nightmares on Wax), who signed a contract with them to his new independent record label, Wax On Records, which is still their label home from that time. In the same year they started to work on the track „Under my Star” with Beth Hirsch (Air – All I Need, You’ll make it easy), which was released on Café Del Mar- Volumen 15, in the summer of 2008.
Their first album „Less is More” was released in September 2008 by Wax On Records contributing Sena (Marcel, Irie Maffia, Barabás Lőrinc Eklectric, Dj Vadim, Pluto Project), Ella May (Nightmares on Wax), and Ricky Ranking (Nightmares on Wax, Roots Manuva, Banana). The tracks of this album were released on more than 60 compilation albums till 2011 Deecember, by such influential record labels as Stereo Deluxe, Ministry of Sound, Wave Music, Sony-BMG, Om Records, CKP, High Music, Soulstar Germany, Rootdown Records. Each thack is a piece of joy, who loves live and acoustic sounds, generated by pure electronica, if we think about “Soon”, “When Ya Gotta Go Ya Gotta Go”, or “Blame” for example. Blame has an animation video also, made up by Melinda Vajda and Krisztián Jankai, through its pictures, we can learn how lives the duo, in the middle of Budapest or in the outter space.
Their remix of the track Nightmares on Wax – „Flip Ya Lid” was released on the Though So album’s Japanese edition by Warp Records. Their track „Effortless” with the American poet Jen was released on Jen’s album „Mellow Dramas” by Stereo Deluxe. Further more they are also proud of the Mixcloud chart position, as the 31. Cloudcaster of 2010.