Boomkat Product Review:
Killer set of beats built mid-air on iPad by JTG for his 2019 China and Japan tour, throwing down his most substantial batch since those ace BUS mixes and his highly prized Young Druid album
Now a member of multiple duos - Gossiwor with Asger Hartvig, Cold War with Nkisi, Docile with Tribe of Colin, and with Inga “Lolina” Copeland - John T. Gast always sounds best in his shamanic solo mode to our ears, as with these 12 tracks for his 5 Gate Temple.
Ruffkut and loose but driven with his signature flying techno steppers rhythms, the peripatetic constructions make up a strong album primed for headphone trips and car stereo tests, veering between the sort of medieval roadman styles found in his Young Druid project and nastier variations on that theme, leaning into rude dancehall techno rituals, digi-dub slammers and eerily poignant Midi chamber vignettes, all treading a fine line between haunting, urgent and demonic possession, with unmissable highlights in the class grime-sampling ‘Bad’, the nice ’n aggy bounce of ‘Yep’, and the reticulated, scaly drill-esque mutations ‘Snakin’ and ‘SPDM Retrun TK3’, and the lushly grumpy kiss-off ‘Messages’.
Ideal dance music for introverts and isolationists.