Deep House WitH Latin & Soulful Flavas 2x12" - Antigravity Love’ by Bristol innovator Krust, released via Crosstown Rebels.
Hugely important in their respective fields, this meeting of veteran titans is the latest chapter in an exchange that reaches back to 1997, when Krust sampled MAW alias Nuyorican Soul’s ‘Nautilus (Mawtilus)’/‘Mind Fluid’ on his game-changing single 'Soul In Motion’. This was followed in 1998 by Nuyorican Soul’s remix of 'Watching Windows' by Reprazent, of which Krust was a key member. Both Krust and Masters At Work were also labelmates on Gilles Peterson's Talkin Loud label.
Across four versions the duo known individually as Kenny” Dope” Gonzalez and Little Louie Vega deliver pure audiophile euphony, with a sonic depth and quality only achieved by years in the game. Somewhere between broken beat, real house, cosmic acid and future jazz funk, rich drums swing in classic NY fashion, weighty bass throbs and elegant musicality flows on these full-blooded productions, which ooze the inimitable substance of analogue.
Krust is the latest in an A-list roll call of artists to receive the MAW/KenLou magic, which includes Manu Dibango, Donna Summer, Bjork, Nina Simone, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Dua Lipa, Stevie Wonder, Kings Of Tomorrow, Neneh Cherry, Michael Jackson, Tito Puente, Cajmere, The Neville Brothers, Ten City, Soul 2 Soul, Ray Charles, Baba Maal, Saint-Etienne, Alison Limerick, Tito Puente, Everything But The Girl, Mr Fingers and Dee Lite.
With its frantic spoken word energy, ‘Antigravity Love’ shares lineage with Krust’s 1999 album title track ‘Coded Language’, featuring Saul Williams. The original version of 'Antigravity Love' is a collaboration with director Michael Williams, who wrote the monologue to which Krust composed around. Part Afro Futurist love poem, part current affairs tirade and part ‘12 Monkeys’ style mad rambling, it captures the confused frustration of someone untethered and lost, searching to find their way.
The Krust album has been getting lots of people excited this year, and for good reason. The legendary producer has found some of his best form for Crosstown Rebels and now one its key tracks get some big remix treatment. Masters At Work step up to flip 'Antigravity Love' into one of their famously warm, deep, colourful house grooves with darting bass and soulful vocals. After an instrumental mix, the pair assume their KenLou alias for a bottomless dub version that has skip in the kicks and real bend in the bass.
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Krust (or DJ Krust) is part of the Bristol-based Reprazent collective, as well as releasing his own solo material. In his own right, he is probably most well-known for the mid-90s release "Warhead," which was one of a handful of tunes released in early 1997 which saw drum and bass move towards a more streamlined sound. "Warhead" has been remixed several times by both Krust and other artists. Krust is also well known for his 1996 release "Angles" on V Recordings.
He is one of the most cerebral yet eternally funky of all the great drum and bass producers to come out of that area.
Krust's first solo album, Coded Language, was released on Talkin' Loud in 1999, with Hidden Knowledge following in 2006 on Full Cycle Records.
He is currently working on a new live band project rumored to be named "The Rules".
Krust is a hardcore band from Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. They have out one EP called Paradise in Black and two new songs called None Greater and Skin Walker. Currently, their music is on bandcamp and spotify. Read more on Last.fm
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