Planetary Assault Systems
Function 4 – Remixes Episode 1
28th November 2011
12″ & digital
(Marcel Dettmann Remix)
(Chris Liebing 2011 Rework)
Luke Slater’s coveted Planetary Assault Systems project continues its explorations into the outer limits with this first remixes package of the classic ‘Function 4’. Episode 1 features interpretations by two of Germany’s techno-leviathan’s; Marcel Dettmann and Chris Liebing.
Originally released through Peacefrog in 2000, the tracky, tripping metallic thump of ‘Function 4’ is a great early example of Slater’s pioneering droning, mesmerising musings as P.A.S. With its chattering hi-hats, gated snares and humming kinetic energy, the original is included here in all its re-mastered glory.
Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann turns in an urgent and driving remix, led by a meandering synth theme that modulates teasingly as the track build. The distinctive voice sample is transformed as if played through a interplanetary P.A, and Dettmann uses expert restrain in introducing the stuttering percussion lines and static FX.
The much loved Chris Liebing delivers a nononsense mix that stays true to the original while enforcing a heavy four-to-the-floor pump throughout. Engineered to excite with its dirty beats, hissing punctuation and subtle builds, Liebing is on form with this heavily functional reshape.
And a message from Luke: “Chris sent me over a version of Function 4 he did earlier in the year, which I really liked and have been playing out a lot. As it turned out Function 4 was an old school favourite among other artists. At the time it was quite different not being a straight 4/4 record, so it’s great to bring it out into the open in a way in 2011.”
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Planetary Assault Systems – “Function 4 (Remixes Episode 2)”