albums of the year ~ 2011

ok, here comes a list of my thirty favourite long players (including one re-issue and following my top 10 compilations) of 2011. like last year, i’m not that sure of the order beyond the first few, but these are the records which i’m still listening to, still enjoying and – in many cases – still astounded by. the only other thing to note is the lack of many bass/dubstep albums. efforts from kuedo, sepulcre and machine drum will all top many polls elsewhere on the web, i’m sure, but i just never quite sit comfortably when they are playing. necessarily then, in case you wondered, i’ve overlooked them. but it ain’t like i was short on choice…



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interview ~ cosmin trg

cosmin on teshno

here comes the feature i did with cosmin for the september issue of dj mag.

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cosmin trg preps debut album, simulat

i’m not normally one to do this, but given i wrote it and am a huge fan, here comes the pr about cosmin’s forthcoming album… it’s a beauty (the lp not the pr).

restless romanian producer cosmin trg is set to release his debut artist album, simulat, on august 26th 2011 courtesy of modeselektor’s boutique imprint, fifty weapons.

it’s his constant innovation since breaking through in 2007 which has earned cosmin a deserving reputation with the electronic elite. in that time, the now berlin based dj, producer and live performer has amassed an enviable discography which traverses a number of ghostly styles, moods and tempos. coming on an appropriately diverse array of labels including hessle audio, rush hour and hemlock, as well as bpitch, tempa and fifty weapons, it has marked out the romanian as a distinguished producer with a discernable voice all his own.

it should come as no surprise, then, that the debut cosmin trg album is as considered as it is. sure, there are tracks which will work both on and off the dancefloor, but it’s the way they’re threaded together and make for one cohesive and coherent statement overall that stands them apart. made up of 12 new tracks, each has been exclusively produced for the album whilst cd-only track ‘fizic’ is to be the lead single, due for release in mid june.

opening on a typically solid but simultaneously surfing groove (which sits, as ever, somewhere outside genre boundaries as we know them) things are alluringly urgent and typically textured from the off. taking appropriate detours into deeper pockets; areas of warm analogue ambiance and abstract alien sounds, there are traces of everything that has gotten cosmin to this point so far, all re-visioned with an ever shifting focus. to call the album so-and-so house or some sort of techno doesn’t do it any sort of justice. quite simply, it’s an all new language…

once again confirming cosmin to be a producer in constant experimental flux, simulat speaks loudly of an essential talent.

01 amor y otros 05:30
02 ritmat 05:08
03 infinite helsinki 03:06
04 want you to be 05:22
05 interstellar inflight entertainment 01:47
06 fizic (cd only) 05:39
07 star motel 02:58
08 less of me, more of you 03:50
09 osu xen 04:11
10 lillasyster 03:13
11 samiska 01:25
12 form over function 04:37

cosmin trg ~ interview

if you’ve clicked a link somewhere on the internet with the intention of reading this, you don’t need a wordy intro. you’ll already know romanian cosmin trg (formerly just trg) is making some of the best and most ghostly house/techno/whatever shit out there at the moment, for labels like rush hour, hessle and hotflush.

much love to him for such considered answers…

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plat du jour ~ cosmin trg

today’s mix comes from romanian producer cosmin trg. since adding the cosmin to his trg moniker, cosmin nicolae has ventured into a world of dubby house atmospheres and skippy garage rhythms on labels like the rejuvenated rush hour. it’s certainly tickled my fancy, as does his tidy and wide reaching track selection (surely showcasing his influences, old and new) for the zero” blog which includes everything from basic channel to shed via stl and john roberts, with one of many highlights being roman flugel’s latest delicious offering for dial, ‘how to spread lies’.

zero” // podcast #023- cosmin trg