Boomkat Product Review:
John.T.Gast steps back in the arena with strong nods to the ‘90s rave past hidden behind the gentrified gleam of London’s Kings Cross
Once home to a thriving warehouse and club scene (and Red Light district), Kings Cross is now a shiny “up-and-coming” area, but we reckon it’s the former ‘Kings X’ that John T. Gast is meditating on with these two cuts for his 5 Gate Temple label.
Patently inspired by the rolling steppers pressure of sound systems styles such as Aba Shanti-I and possibly the area’s psychic topography of accreted rave reveries, the original stretches out a effortlessly deep sort of soca-techno-dub steppers style gilded with glittering synths and plangent jazz sax in a way that sounds like drifting from a warehouse into mazy streets at night, half-cut and disoriented. The B-side’s extended mix doubles down on that effect with tuffer percussion and a gnawing acidic edge that JTG masterfully dubs out in oscillating waves of lush promise and paranoid dread attack.