Solar Ashes EP
05th February 2021
vinyl, download & streaming
The Black Rain Order
Rise Of The Neo-Humans
Hot on the heels of our tentacular project ’The Most Famous Unknown’, Planet Phuture is proud to welcome rising French talent Cuften to the fold. A most fitting match for PP’s future-facing vision, Damien Peltier has been pushing some of the finest techno around over the last couple of years, landing a handful memorable cuts via the likes of Parisian label Tripalium and his own imprint, Purusu. Cloaked in dim-lit atmospheres and open-ended post-apocalyptic narratives, his debut solo 12” blends in all of the elements that made his sound stand out from the crowd of releases coming up these days – traversed by dogged primitive rhythms and reassessed 303-infused Detroit’isms, but also stamped with his signature no-frills rave elegance.
Speeding up the cosmic highway like Deckard roams San Fran’s neon-splattered alleys on the hunt for replicants, Cuften takes us on a full-immersion journey into dystopian electronic soundscapes. Full-beam on, ’Solar Ashes’ has us drifting amidst ruins of a devastated city – its lysergic bass languidly threading its way across brutalist concrete facades and cold ember set for reignition. A more martial affair, ’The Black Rain Order’ pulls out the rattling drums, slo-boiling arpeggios and moebius-strips of wistful acid to score a supremely tense crescendo, both optimally tasted on and off the dance floor.
Moving up closer to the free-spirited vibe of the ’90s open-air raves, ‘Rise Of The Neo-Humans’ unleashes a baroque firestorm of sucker-punchy toms and hyperventilating shuffle, woven against an endlessly expanding corolla of hallucinogenic shapes and fluttering harmonics. Sinking further deep into all-dark dubby grounds, ‘Lasttt Batttle’ extrudes its obsessive melody out a thick gangue of squelchy chords and bleepin’ engineering to form the kind of brain-washing hybrid pumper that’ll roast your last remaining neurones. Trouble-brewing isn’t over though and the droney ‘Kjhfskjoize’ shall take you to places unknown through eleven minutes of envelope-shifting shamanism, thinking noise bake-off and gravity-defying arrangements. Bend your mind.
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Video by the29nov films
“@ Maison TSUGI festival”
Cuften’s “SECAM Dreams” on Tripalium Records