HE’S been a long time away, but boy is he back ever.
Bristol’s Krust dropped his first full LP release in 14 years just last month, The Edge Of Everything; and a thrilling, crisp, intelligent journey through all the potent possibilities on offer from the lower end of the frequency spectrum it is too; no out-of-shape retread, it has bite.
It’s futurist, dubby, techy; is ominous in that way all the best darker D’n’B, like Source Direct and Photek, always was.
Inspired by everything from Christopher Nolan to Hegel, Martin Scorsese to The Kabbalah, it’ll properly shake you up.
And now to totally floor you cometh a brace of remixes EPs, TEOE #1 and TEOE #2; the first of which, out since Friday just gone, is a vinyl and digital three-tracker, featuring Four Tet, Damian Lazarus and Batu. You can hear the Four Tet remix below.
Kieran brings his trademark bright bell shimmer to play and lets the Krust beat roll out and just ever so gradually darken up in hum and thrum and techy bursts. Surprisingly, Kieran says: “This is the first D&B track I’ve ever made! It felt good to do something out of my comfort zone”; but you know Four Tet has the Midas touch.
Other remixes on this first EP include Batu’s take on “Space Oddity”, which he breaks down into shards of pure bass and dark clatter, making for a track of cubist excellence; while Damian Lazarus, head honcho at Crosstown Rebels, pulls “Keter The Heavenly” over into a housier reshape.
For TEOE #2, we’re told Calibre turns “It’s A Lot” into a warm, glowing two-step roller with serrated bass; new school queen LCY duels with Krust’s original with her own brand of future-facing breakbeat science; and Krust’s brother Flynn, who was a member of Fresh 4 alongside him and also a potent dark breaks legend in his own right as a member of Flynn & Flora, rounds things off with a rugged head-nodder reversioning of “Known Truths”.
Krust’s The Edge Of Everything is out now on download, CD and vinyl, and can be ordered and streamed here; TEOE Remixes #1 is available now on download, trad black and limited red vinyl, and may be obtained here; TEOE Remixes #2 will be released this coming Friday, December 11th – for orders, keep checking at Crosstown Rebels’ Bandcamp page.