Crestfall is the first release from Dallas-based Cratan (real name Gautham Garg) on the Indian techno label Observant. Remixes are offered by Wrong Assessment and Franz Jäger. The digital download was offered via Beatport in December 2021.
Bounce, claps and a driving pace permeate the EP’s sound. It could easily be mixed all the way through to adoring peak-time crowds worldwide. Tracks “Crestfall,” “Call” and “Advanced” trend toward harder, faster sounds. the Wrong Assessment and Franz Jäger remixes of “Advanced” and “Crestfall” respectively round out a fresh take on techno that bridges cultural and geographic landscapes.
Debuting in 2021, Cratan has released three EPs including Crestfall that maintain his consistent minimally melodic style throughout.
Observant is an electronic music label founded by DJ and producer duo Audio Units (real names Ashwin and Ashrith Baburao). Indian techno thrived pre-pandemic with international support by heavy-hitter DJs and festivals like Awakenings and DGTL. Where Goa and psytrance have historically dominated that scene, techno is now a secured mainstay at clubs and festivals.