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04 Apr 11
Played by: Tom Central, Joachim Spieth (Affin), Shadow Dancer, Deepchild, Alkalino, D-Former, James Johnston (No Matter What), Retrac
Review: Just when you thought that it was possible to pin Cosmin TRG's ever-evolving sound to an identifiable trajectory, the Romanian producer throws his audience another few curve balls. Unlike the recent "Separat" release, "Crush" is not an exercise in exhilaratingly claustrophobic techno meets dubstep. In fact, Cosmin's approach is alluded to in the title, and it sees him succeeding in being all things to all people. The title track sets the tone for this magpie-like collection, with what sounds like samples of folk music looped to a juddering percussive backing and then combined with muffled, indistinct vocals. That Cosmin manages to make the end product rooted on the dancefloor says a lot about his skills. "Sirop" is another unusual proposition; caught between woozy chords and a stepping rhythm are Chicago kettle drums, appearing at regular intervals. "Negligee" also flirts with contrasting sounds, but has little bearing on the previous tracks. Instead, it pits an abstract rhythm against Warp's 'Intelligent Techno' era bleeps and eerie, ghostly riffs. The final piece in this most unusual jigsaw is "Magnetic Bodies". Like "Separat", the beats are relentlessly dense and raw, but the filtered chord sequence makes nods to Detroit techno and the liquid dreams of hardcore - a sonic effect akin to being hit over the head in slow motion with a feather-covered sledgehammer.
26 Apr 13
Review: Although he has flirted with dubstep, garage and house since his first appearance in 2007, Cosmin Nicolae's transformation into one of contemporary techno's most interesting figures was completed when he joined the 50 Weapons fray in 2011, releasing two twelve inches and an excellent debut album in Simulat. His follow up, Gordian, references an ancient myth and the music contained within is just as fantastical as the title suggests. The complex melodic arrangements of his previous album are expanded upon to great effect on tracks like "New Structures For Loving" and "Defeated Hearts Club", recalling the more exciting end of 00s minimal, while tracks like "Gordian", "Desire Is Sovereign" and "To Touch Is To Divert" are as forceful and driving as his Rush Hour releases; once again Cosmin has taken a great leap forward.
08 Feb 10
UK Funky/UK Garage
20 Apr 10
Review: Rush Hour?s Direct Current series follows up superb Falty DL Drop with a brand new, two track release from Cosmin TRG. Whilst keeping his dubstep mind in check, the Romanian takes on a housier sentiment during this release.
Cosmin Nicolae built a name for himself as TRG with dubstep productions for labels like Tempa, Hotflush and Hessle Audio. Indeed, "Put You Down" and Martyn?s remix are widely accepted as Hessle?s finest release. However, of late we have seen a shift in his production style. Moving away from the traditions of dubstep, Cosmin is currently pushing a sound that has more in common with strands of house music. Just like his recent double pack for Tempa, "Now You Know," we find him in a funky and compatible mode during "See Other People."
The whole release is an infectious amalgamation of house and garage. The title track is a garage stepper that posses true characteristic s of vintage house. A deep and swinging yet funky number, the track builds on its foundation of UK and US garage functions to forge its unique sound. Soulful vocals give the track a classic shine as an easy and contented vibe remains throughout. This is futuristic R&B at its very best. On the flip, the Bucharest native starts off in garage mood but morphs into succulent Detroit techno. Following limber 2-step syncopations, "Groove Control" crosses over into deep Detroit techno, evolving into a pulsating, acidic bassline groover.
Cosmin TRG has made an impact in various electronic styles since he arrived in 2002. It is his passion for fresh new sounds and his adventurousness in exploring them that have enabled him to do this. As he currently delves into a funkier house sound as on "See Other People," we can only ask ourselves, what will be next?
01 Jan 13
Played by: Och
07 Sep 10
07 Jun 10
Review: Build boss Baobinga teams up with Ginz (from the "Purple City") and Cosmin TRG on this debut from his new label. Title tune "The Good Stank" is just as brilliant as you'd expect from this team of post-dubsteppers, with big live drums played at a half-speed and a cavalcade of bubbly synths spewing nicely over the mix, all anchored by a soulful synth melody. "I Get Ruff" on the other hand is uptempo and just as kaleidoscopic - with Baltimore-style drums and deep bass firming up the rhythm. Clearly this won't be the last diamond to come out on Build.
01 Jan 13
25 Feb 13
Played by: Slam
Review: Continuing the nascent Bleep Green series of releases, Warp's faithful online arm draws on two surefire success stories that in many ways define the crossover between techno and dubstep, albeit in different ways. Objekt is in limber form, firing off ricocheting electro drum patterns in a densely realised soundworld of subtle hum and cell-quaking sub bass. Cosmin TRG is in a slower 4/4 driven mood, but there's a continued embrace of dystopian tones that matches Objekt's own malaise. As the acid slowly edges its way into the song structure, it's clear there is no light at the end of this particularly dank tunnel.
06 Dec 11
Review: Here's us waxing lyrical about the third Interia sampler being the best of the lot, and then the fourth one lands on our laps and now we're all confused. Skudge, Conforce, Cosmin TRG and Sascha Rydell all contribute tracks here, with Swedish duo Skudge opening with the sparse rattle of "Pollution", which is ably supported by the twitching minimalism of "When It Appeared" by Conforce. Up next, Cosmin TRG adds to his growing techno oeuvre with "Plaisir Interdit", which, much like his recent material on 50 Weapons, combines restless, swinging hats with bowel-shaking low frequencies. Finally, Sascha Rydell (the only artist on this 12" who hasn't released an album this year) drops "Rainy Days", and rather then being overawed by the esteemed company, he revels in it, turning in a majestic slice of atmospheric, contemplative techno.