Romanian Artists to Watch in 2021

2020 was a tough year for almost everyone and definitely a year to forget for our scene. Events and gigs canceled, venues closed, artists lacking a way to earn a decent living and club culture facing a threat like never before. Without the interaction on the dancefloor all this seems pointless, but we have to stay resilient and hope for the better.

Looking at the local scene in Romania, during these times of hardship with movement restriction and curfew for almost the entire part of the year, with people fears and anxiety, there was almost to nothing happening in terms of events. But, the Romanian artists proved to be fairly active in the studio. We have here a summary of releases from Romanian artists that caught our attention in 2020 and a sneakpeek in what’s to come in the first part of 2021.

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Romanian Artists to Watch in 2021

Cosmin TRG – SPORTIV 005 [SPORTIV005]

Cosmin TRG with a new release on his label Sportiv. “Romanian Deadlift” celebrates the spirit of acclaimed Olympians with resolute, floor-shattering kickdrums and a superset of corrosive arps and leads. The tempo picks up with “Exuberant Gambit”, a jungle-tekkno hybrid that flexes a rugged, mutant “Think” break under porous beats and an eerie aerobic melody. “Mae Geri” delivers the final forward thrust with abrasive percussion underlining a paranoid sequence reminiscent of ’90s era NYC warehouse material. Packed with olympic energy, Sportiv 005 is a high-intensity, dance floor-optimised escapade.

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Cosmin TRG – SPORTIV 005 [SPORTIV005]

Cosmin TRG – Afterburn / Electra [SPORTIV003]

Cosmin TRG is back on Sportiv with two tracks of stark, angular beauty. ‘Afterburn’ harks back to 90s era Techno of the hyperkinetic variety. The obsessive vocal mantra adds to its hypnotic, frantic rhythm. ‘Electra’ on the flip is on a trance-inducing mission, with it’s cavernous 808 kick driving a tribal groove, carried by a pulsating bassline and eerie percussion. Sportiv is a dexterous white label operation that brings you heavy-weight rhythmic performances from the world of techno athletics.

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Cosmin TRG – Afterburn / Electra [SPORTIV003]

Romansoff – Colonial Past / Bodylock [SPORTIV002]

Bucharest’s Romansoff brings post-industrial heat on the second Sportiv release. Tudor cranks it to 11 and does crunchy, saturated beats under a killer analog riff on “Colonial Past”. “Bodylock” on the flip is equally intense but chooses a more stone-cold approach. Gripping, energetic material from a country at peak creativity. Sportiv is a dexterous white label operation that brings you heavy-weight rhythmic performances from the world of techno athletics.

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Romansoff – Colonial Past / Bodylock [SPORTIV002]

Șerb – Qui Vive [FIZIC006]

Cosmin TRG’s Fizic is proud to present its first 2017 release, from an exciting new name. Șerb is born and raised in Craiova, Romania, where he spent his youth playing guitar in Nihilistic, a local punk band. In 2014 he released his debut 12 on Transient Recs. His sophomore record is a prime example of his unique, cerebral take on dance music. “Qui Vive” is a somber, syncopated elegy of rugged elegance, with fizzy drums and percution filtering in and out over the fragile melody. “Feet Locked” is analog honey poured into your post-rave ear. After-glow synths follow an expertly modulated bass. Finally, “Persistent Prick” echoes the esotheric explorations of Actress, with added twisted funk. Șerb’s impressive talent and exuberance flow through his music, expect more from our new signing in the very near future.

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Șerb – Qui Vive [FIZIC006]

Top Romanian Producers of 2016

In the last years more and more Romanian artists are making their voice heard across the electronic music palette.

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Romania is well known for the minimal/micro-house/Romanian-techno and tech-house music, but now we have artist that experiment and dive into other sounds, the kind of sounds we love at the Hipodrome of Music.

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Top Romanian Producers of 2016

Cosmin TRG – In Your Body, Kapotasana [SPORTIV001]

Relax your eyelids Focus on the darkness This is your time to relax You don’t need to think about anything Except being right here, right in this moment With me. Don’t think about tomorrow, or yesterday, Just be here In your body. Sportiv is a dexterous white label operation that brings you heavy-weight rhythmic performances from the world of techno athletics.

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Cosmin TRG – In Your Body, Kapotasana [SPORTIV001]

Cosmin TRG – III EP [FIZIC003]

Cosmin TRG’s Fizic label release its third EP, and a second missive for 2015. Once again it comes from the Romanian label owner and ever evolving producer, and this time features four more fierce cuts that take abstract inspiration from musique concrete or Ballard’s High Rise novel. Opener ‘Sever’ is an expertly stripped back bit of concrete basement funk with scurrying alien sounds, frosted lo-fi textures and firmly rooted, propulsive kick drums driving the whole thing along. It’s an absorbing affair full of distant menace, and then comes ‘Redus’, a hunched over, forceful dub track again riddled with abstract lifeforms, distorted radio frequencies and muffled sirens that all bristle and brim with sonic debris. ‘Sirena’ is once more built upon thudding, firm kicks but here synths howl and spray about like a UFO in a storm, a harmonic hook rocks back and forth and modulated lines add life and depth to the burrowing groove. Lastly, ‘Motoric’ goes arctic, with cavernous chambers of sound full of echo and reverb as kicks thump out a groove. It’s a fourth and final bit of physical music informed by the musical and visual noir undertones of Under the Skin, cementing a robust alliance between form and function. Music and artwork by Cosmin Nicolae Mastered by Matt Colton.

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Cosmin TRG – III EP [FIZIC003]

Cosmin Trg – Uzura / Vitriol [FIZIC002]

Following almost a year of studio silence, Cosmin TRG returns with two stunning techno tracks.”Uzura” is the darkest, most abrasive music that the Romanian producer has released. Drums pound frenetically, the rhythm is plunged down a soot-caked wind tunnel and the end result is a track so frenetic and extreme that it makes everything else he has done seem understated. Even “Vitriol” doesn’t have the same clout. Like “Uzura”, it too is caked in a grimy coat, but is slower and more teased. That said, the gurgling acid lines and intense, modulating climaxes ensure that it is Cosmin Nicolae’s most visceral record to date.

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Cosmin Trg – Uzura / Vitriol [FIZIC002]

Cosmin TRG – Repetitiv / Vernacular [FIZIC001]

‘Fizic’ is the next natural step for accomplished techno producer Cosmin TRG. Having released on an influential array of labels in the last few years, the Romanian is now branching out on his own with an imprint that will serve as a further extension of himself, his sonic preferences and his interest in artistic imagery. Releasing esoteric techno aimed largely at the dancefloor and purely from his own studio, Fizic releases will come accompanied with Cosmin’s own photography as well as occasional videos. Coming in both vinyl and digital format, the label serves as a combination of a need for a more personal, dedicated approach, a desire for artistic freedom and is born from ‘a slightly egocentric tendency, with the sole purpose of creating unique, high quality audio-visual products.

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Cosmin TRG – Repetitiv / Vernacular [FIZIC001]