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 on 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, with Cosmin pushing a sound that has more in common with strands of house music than dubstep. 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 2 stepper that builds on its foundation of UK and US garage functions to forge a 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.
Review: Tom Jones