Review: Sebastian "Basti" Grub is no newcomer to the house and techno scene, having begun his DJ/producer journey in the first decade of the century. His epic discography includes single releases on some suitably notable labels (Desolat, Mobilee and Hot Creations to name just three), though this two-tracker is his first for Crosstown Rebels. Singer Patrick Kitchens lends a hand on lead cut "Destiny", an ear-catching fusion of groovy, swinging house drums, frenetic layered percussion, a headline-grabbing bassline and eyes-closed vocals. Grub takes a different path on "Drugs", where Julian Smith invites us to "get high tonight" over a trippy tech-house beats, familiar bleeping melodies and sub-bass that might liquidise the contents of your guts.
Review: Frankfurt based funky house producer and Hohenreglar head honcho DJ Basti Grab is back with two servings of uplifting feel-good vibes on the Let Me Party With You EP. The title track has tough and gutsy drums, infectious and filtered disco loop goodness and soulful vocals to match. He teams up with buddy Vito for the charmingly titled "Blow Job" which by contrast is more suited to afterhour clubs on this dark and punchy minimal number in the vein of Hot Creations style stuff. If you can get past the obnoxious spoken word monologue over the top. Parental guidance recommended...
Review: Wherein the German producer takes us through the many facets of his sound for Loco Dice's label. "Big Top" is a dense, drummy affair, but just when the listener thinks that they're facing into a never-ending tool track, eerie synths and tape hiss appear to divert one's attention. The same logic applies to "Damdamm"; starting life as a tracky groove, it progresses to reveal a searing bassline and offbeat, clanging bells. "Under Control" comes closest to the tool formula, with its dense rhythm housing a repetitive vocal, but it's only a minor digression and soon enough, Grub is back defying expectations with the 'it began in Africa' sample and droning bass of "Karibu".
Review: Hohenreglar main man Basti Grub is up next on Hot Creations, following up a string of killer tracks/remixes in recent times for Mobilee, Bouq Records and Bedrock. The Frankfurter's new killer is "Darling" - an emotive and pop-inflected groove that is right in line with the sonic vision of Jamie Jones' label and featuring some soothing vocals by one Crase Johnson. On the remix is FUSE London stalwart Rich NxT doing what he does best on this tough rolling, swing-fuelled and well funky expression in tech-house - that is aimed squarely at main room dancefloors.