Under the guise of Ca$hminus, Aussie-based Belgian Tristan Jong – alongside partner and fellow producer Eluize – has explored the spaces between acid, Italo, new beat and electro. But more recently, he’s been pouring attention into his Gratts moniker, partly thanks to the Covid lockdown in his current home of Adelaide, through which he’s paying homage to the deep and soulful sounds of Detroit and Chicago House.
Last year saw the release of his collaboration with legendary house producer Robert Owens, Brighter Future, which marked his first debut solo release under the name Gratts, and now he’s giving us another taste of these influences with Music for the Moon Room Gecko: a collection of tracks to soundtrack road trips through the coast and the hills.
To accompany the originals, on the flip there’s two remixes that take the music in different directions. DIY Discs’ regular PJ Principle (FKA Peej) twists opener ‘Euphoria’ into a piano-laden disco cut, while Bu-Mako Recordings boss Jenifa Mayanja, who’s behind our pick of the bunch, adds her own dreamy touch to ‘Méditation Nocturne’, with twinkling melodies and shuffling beats propped up by a warm groove.
Music for the Moon Room Gecko will be released on 30th June via Flexi Cuts.