GRAU - Rot Ep
It's time for Jaw Dropping Records! 2019 marks the year of the label's birth - it's been in the making for many, many months and now we're ready to share the sexy and soulful side of the JAW label group.
And what else to expect from our first release than what's probably the most catchy four track EP you've ever seen. We're extremely happy to announce GRAU as our very first artist on Jaw Dropping records. Of course, it's not a coincidence that this outstanding electronic duo features our premiere. We discovered GRAU a few months ago, almost exactly at the time when the idea of Jaw Dropping records came up. And we immediately fell in love with Anna and Niko, who are very special and inspiring people. So, in order to get to know GRAU, we let them remix Gayle San last year on Jannowitz records - it was a huge success and everybody loved their “Breakout” remix.
Now GRAU are back, showing the world what they do best: a danceable, catchy, heartfelt and groovy mix of electropop and techno. It's music that - until now - hasn't existed: A much harder twist to the usual vocal-heavy electronica.
But let's start from the beginning. “Rot” is the name of the track. Translated to English it means ‘red' which is interesting since GRAU's artist name translates to ‘grey'. It's the perfect first track for our catalogue: slow, melodic, deep, dark and mysterious. Anna's voice harmonizes perfectly with the distorted synths but the track lives off these very short breaks every now and then that drive you crazy just for a quick second before the beat drops again.
What can we say? “Rot” was already the perfect track for every situation - club, radio, chill out. But then GRAU sent us “Eigentlich” (‘Actually') and we were completely blown away. Its one minute intro builds up to the first verse that - as soon as you listen to it - will be stuck in your head for weeks (trust us, we've been there!) We don't want to give too much away, but we're almost sure that “Eigentlich” should be the next radio hit. Although it's not the typical poppy electro song that you'd hear on the radio - it's heavier and harder. Just perfect for Jaw Dropping records.
Nihil Young and Less Hate - both no strangers if you've been following Jaw Droppings sister label Jannowitz - are our first remixers. They made a cut back version of “Rot”, reducing the vocals to very little pieces, granting it a housier touch that suits both, the track and the label, very well.
On the other hand, André Gazolla (who really needs no introduction) rebuilt “Eigentlich” to an even harder track, embracing the vocals that André usually doesn't really care about and layering them over some spacey patterns and elements that round up the first Jaw Dropping release perfectly.
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