The drum 'n' bass tanks keep rolling at Laundry Bar, with DJ Krust manning the booth this week. Krust was originally a hip-hop guy who began DJing in the mid-Eighties at schools and small clubs around his hometown of Bristol in the UK. During the later part of that decade, he gravitated to acid house and rave, a move that led to a gig with Fresh 4, whose Bristol-sound classic "Wishing on a Star" climbed to number nine on the Billboard UK singles chart in late 1989.
In 1990, Krust met famed drum 'n' bass producer Roni Size, and the pair began producing tracks together, often in collaboration with DJ Die and Suv. This group was the core of the Reprazent collective, which won the 1997 Mercury Prize — an annual award for the best British or Irish album of the previous 12 months — for its debut full-length, New Forms. Krust's most recent album, Hidden Knowledge, was released last year on the Reprazent-operated record label Full Cycle Records.
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This particular Krust show is special, and not just because it's one of only two gigs Krust will be playing in the States on his current tour. It's also the going-away party for Evilbase Records owner Frank Mendez and GenR8 of "Alliance" and "The Chosen" fame. Both are headed to Los Angeles armed with their great music, the highest of hopes, and best wishes from their local following.