This post is about the followers of my blog and the most successful posts, the releases that gathered the most likes and clicks in 2013 from my visitors.
Following that excellent Bicep collaboration, Simian Mobile Disco join forces with Cosmin TRG for the latest release on their Delicacies label. On paper the two parties make logical collaborators thanks to their love of minimal textures and subtle melody, and in execution the results are a resounding success; “Surstromming” sees those rubbery acidic basslines SMD are famous for take a pulsating approach, throbbing its way through subtle dub chords and a robust 4/4 rhythm. “Sannakji” meanwhile is a considerably trippier affair, combining a taut arpeggio with well placed moments of ecstatic chord release. Two tracks sure to cause maximum warehouse devastation!
New Cosmin TRG making his debut on Running Back. White label techno feel on this release with three stong slowly building cuts that slowly move further away from the old TRG titles.
The 8th in the remix whitelabel series features remixes by Legowelt and Miles.
The Romanian hotshot Cosmin TRG gets his work reshaped by two of the best contemporary remixers. Marcel Dettmann is best known for his industrial-tinged techno, but his remix of the title track casts a different light on him. Shards of delicate, metallic percussion provide the basis for Dettmann to deliver fragile melodies and a mysterious electronic groove. It’s an impressive about turn for the German producer, but not quite as jaw-droppingly unusual as Lee Gamble’s version of “Noise Code”. There, razor sharp hats soar in over a pacey, tracky rhythm that stops, starts and collapses to reveal a wobbly, cartoonish bassline. Just before the end, Gamble lets the track descend into abstract mushiness, a fitting end to an idiosyncratic remix package.
The new album marks something of a new direction for Cosmin, however – it’s a much more intricate affair that deals in plenty of fuzzy texture, percussive energy and his trademark skimming bottom ends, but looks outside the techno world for its influences. “Gordian is as much a document of my past year as it is the beginning of a conversation. The title references an ancient myth, but describes the very contemporary, impossible task of discerning between real and replicated, authentic and contrived. Coping with facts, objects and bodies, the necessity of ‘making it’, fear of failure, fear of ‘not being happy’ are today’s topics, and Gordian is my attempt at an exploration of those issues.” (Cosmin TRG)
‘The Green Series’ is the continuing art and music project from Bleep.com, GiveUpArt, and photographer Shaun Bloodworth. The project will be a series of tracks exploring techno music released on limited 12″ with deluxe art prints as well as on digital formats. The second 12″ release in the series is called “BLPGRN002″. The double A-side single features the pairing of Objekt and Cosmin TRG and brings you raw techno.
The Romanian Cosmin TRG returns with this sweet maxi and a slightly new direction. The lush sounds of ‘Vertigo’ sees a tentative swelling melody saunter over brooding beats and claps, whilst ‘Sommer’ tinkers with reduced metallic techno textures.