Gremlinz and Jesta
Left To Rot/PFD


3.5
great

Review

by Throbbing Orbussy CONTRIBUTOR (49 Reviews)
October 27th, 2021 | 19 replies


Release Date: 10/22/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: this ain't your nan's junglist dub techno mash.

Hailing from a bustling Canadian metropolis known for wildly expensive real estate and bewilderingly unpleasant summertime humidity, the Toronto-based Gremlinz and Jesta have been chiseling their teeth on the local and international bass music circuits for quite a while now. Wielding sharp penchants for jungle, dubstep and the respective crossroad where these two genres often meet, the steady craftsmanship of these two Canuck bass wizards has been a pleasure to hear. Now, in 2021, with a fresh take hot off the heels of whatever wave of Covid just happened, they've gone and outdone themselves with a wholly unique and splendid two-sided single on the venerable Artikal Music imprint.

Standing chest-out as a mind-bending fusion of techno, dubstep and jungle, this 10" plate is brimming with everything the bass music scene needs in 2021. Genre-fusion, gold-standard production values, irresistible movement and a bad attitude come to a head on both sides of this mean slab of wax, and carve it a spot among the best electronic releases of the year. The magic lay, perhaps, in Jesta and Gremlinz' adherence to a well-executed simplicity that favours just a few fresh ingredients to cook up an unforgettably delicious dish. "Left To Rot" sweats like a three day bender in Berlin without losing shred of that charming UK dubstep belligerence, with catawampus and gargantuan almost-four-on-the-four kicks underscored by sparse claps and toothy, faded synth jabs. Here, the hand drums and steady beat hypnotize and assault in equal measure, all while keeping the raver's mind, and feet, with plenty of work to do. Meanwhile, on the flipside, "PFD"'s harkening of amen breaks stirs up memories of old Bristol despite a tempo that lurches forth with the urgency of a bloated water buffalo. It's here we get a taste of this duo's junglist bread and butter, with bright percussion and a heady concrete-and-steel architecture that twists itself into myriad forms without flinching from its militant dub-techno hammering.

Both tracks, when taken together, boast all the hallmarks of the kind of tunes that ought to remain steadfast weapons in a smart DJ's arsenal, with subtle progressions that keep them captivating while leaving enough room for clean blending. The curious bit is just how seamlessly this pair have managed to stew the finest tenets of proper dubstep, stripped-down techno and good breakbeat. It's not a drastically far cry from the of kind of thing you'd hear on J.Sparrow's hallowed Circadian LP, but here things are even more genre-defying. Clocking in at a lumbering 110bpm, there's no hurried shuffling here, and unlike Black Lotus/Opium Den (Without You) (the duo's dangerously good jungle release on Metalheadz circa 2019), there's all but faint whispers of the 170bpm scene that underpins the crux of these producer's bodies of work. Instead, we're treated to something that isn't quite dubstep, techno, or breakbeat, but would absolutely kick d*ck at a venue tailored for any of the above. Gremlinz and Jesta really hit the nail on the subwoofer's head here, and even if you're just a casual enthusiast of bass music, this is a pair of tracks you'll be doubtlessly keeping on steady rotation as you bustle around town and smoke dabs at your mate's flat.



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Orb
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if you have any taste at all, take those gun fingers and use them to hit the "buy" button here:

https://artikalmusic.bandcamp.com/album/left-to-rot-pfd

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parksungjoon
October 27th 2021


45122 Comments


theres no way this is the same jesta that was on nerve recordings in the mid 00s right?

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Orb
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nah it ain't. There's a few ppl by the name of Jesta out there.

parksungjoon
October 27th 2021


45122 Comments


holy fuck it is?!?!!!!?

https://www.discogs.com/artist/551325-Jesta-2

Orb
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll be damned..

parksungjoon
October 27th 2021


45122 Comments


still got massive nostalgia for the NERVE019 single

noisia/mayhem silicon/tomahwak also

but yea this seems interesting!

Orb
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude you gotta hear this then.

parksungjoon
October 27th 2021


45122 Comments


but yea look that shit up homie you wont be disappointed even if its obscure af and nobody knows

Orb
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

u kno im on it!

parksungjoon
October 27th 2021


45122 Comments


good review mate

now im wondering if pyro's still doing anything these days

parksungjoon
October 27th 2021


45122 Comments


u should leave a shoutbox msg to deplazz, aasummit and any other ppl

ill be checking this soon

Orb
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gather the forces!

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2021


3950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My electronic vocab is non-existent so I didn't understand any of this review but I loved reading it. Going to (try to) listen to this.

MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2021


2122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Evok is for the people

Dabs, benders in Berlin and slow dancing at a warehouse rave? Count me IN. Will also acquaint myself with the name drops in due course, ty for the education

DePlazz
October 27th 2021


3705 Comments


Nice rev, thanks for the heads up. The bass is indeed strong in this one even if the tempo is more laid back

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Orb
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love the slower tempo. That lurching trot adds hella weight imo

BlushfulHippocrene
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2021


3950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is sick.

MiloRuggles
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2021


2122 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dope as expected! Gonna check their other EPs cause this taster got me huungry

Orb
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2021


9039 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yessir



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