Label: This and That
Artist: Basti Grub
Title: I Only Like You
Release Date: Friday 27 January 2017
01. I Only Like You
02. Stand Up
03. Basti Grub & Mike Trend – Come On And Do
04. Basti Grub Feat. Schtu – Li Di
This and That is a label dedicated to Techno and House music. Ran by Davide Squillace, as well as being one of the world’s leading DJ’s, he is also an influential producer whose music can be found on No.19 Music, Hot Creations, Moon Harbour, Desolat, VIVa MUSiC, Minus and pretty much any other scene leading label you can think of.
Previous releases on This and That have included music from the likes of Carlo Lio, Riva Starr, Carl Cox, Lee Van Dowski, Guti, Re.You, Doorly plus Jesse Rose, and this new release welcome’s back Basti Grub for his second release on the label.
German born Basti Grub has previously released on imprints such as Kling Klong, Kittball, Desolat, Cocoon, Get Physical and Moan, where his stripped back production style has proved popular with the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Loco Dice and Luciano.
Basti Grub’s eclectic sound incorporates everything from exotic African vocals to dub Reggae and relaxed piano passages, which along with his interesting use of voices and song structure combine to create his unique and distinctive production style.
Dancefloor focused and with tribal drums, this House focused release also features a collaboration with Mike Trend and guest vocals from Schtu.
The EP’s title track “I Only Like You” has a dark vibe and hypnotic vocals that sung in almost a whisper, fill the track with a menacing euphoria. The rolling groove provided by the intricate drum rhythms and rumbling bass line is carefully programmed to be both eloquent and energetic. Quirky with just a touch of chic, this stunning tracks sums up the outstanding quality of the release.
Track two “`Stand Up” fuses a verity of different vocal textures that on their own would sound soothing and soulful, but combined with the spooky melody they give the track an eerie feel. This unnerving combination creates a captivating sense of excitement and thrilling suspense. Spacious production and intricate notation provide the finishing touches to this shimmering masterpiece.
The third track titled “Come On And Do” is a collaboration with Mike Trend who boasts solo outings on Amazing Music and has previously collaborated with Basti for releases on Kina Music and a number of other scene leading labels. Come On And Do has a laid back vibe with soft vocals that washed harmony, are gentle and calming. Warm pads help keep things chilled and some interesting key changes add some subtle Jazz influence.
Finishing the release is “Li Di” which features the mystifying vocal chants of Schtu, who has previously worked with Basti for a release on Bar25 Music. Lead by fast flowing tribal drums, the track has a primal feel with a raw and primitive sound. Simple and straight to the point, this taps into the core of what makes people dance with an energetic, infectious groove tailor made for the dancefloor.