out soon: Planetary Assault Systems – Sky Scraping [Token Records]

 

Artist:
Planetary Assault Systems

 

Title:
Sky Scraping

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN103

 

Release Date:
15th October 2021

 

Format:
CD, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist Vinyl:
A1.
Labstract

A2.
One For The Groove

B1.
Give In

B2.
If I Die

C1.
Coal

C2.
Run

D1.
The Drag Train

D2.
Nano Chameleon

 

Tracklist CD:
01.
Labstract

02.
One For The Groove

03.
Bang Wap

04.
Say It Loud

05.
Give In

06.
If I Die

07.
Coal

08.
Run

09.
The Drag Train

10.
Nano Chameleon

 

Press Info:
Luke Slater preps new Planetary Assault Systems album, Sky Scraping.

The iconic British producer, whose last LP arrived via Ostgut Ton in 2016, follows up this year’s Say It Loud on Token with a full length featuring a wealth of brand new material.

A figure who needs little introduction to fans of the genre, but whose consistency in the studio and on the road has repeatedly marked him out as true pioneer of sound design and performance with a singular vision, Slater first minted the PAS alias in ’93. Since then, a slew of singles and LP’s from the industrious artist have made sure Planetary Assault Systems has become a byword for hypnotic, funk-heavy Techno in a purist tradition. Toeing the line between heady, psychedelic material and all out main room fare – Slater’s work as PAS captures the very best facets of the genre, with economically selected parts exquisitely arranged and engineered with a shrewd and uncompromising ear for what really makes people move.

On the new LP, Slater draws on studio material but also components recorded during the PAS live show – and he’s keen to let fans know the focus is well and truly on the dance floor with this one: Sky Scraping is a loud and unabashed celebration of the formative and familiar environments so loved by the electronic music community, the dark clubs and festivals made special by their unique ability to bring like minded people together.

Sky Scraping kicks off in characteristically dense, psychedelic fashion with Labstract – a slice of classic PAS with cavernous low end and a tight, looping sequence doing the driving work while frenetic drum machine cuts and wide angle synth sirens shift the track onwards from one phase to the next. Follow up One For The Groove showcases the chunkier side of Slater’s production as PAS with an infectious 909 pattern propelled on in the high mids by a squelching synth patch. Bang Wap revisits the artist’s last outing on Token – a monstrous, unforgiving roller designed with peak time in mind. Say It Loud – the idiosyncratic proto-anthem that accompanied Bang Wap earlier in the year leads the LP onwards, before sequing into new recording Give In – a masterclass in dense, funky, face-melting Techno. Drums take centre stage on If I Die, as the artist returns to the 909 for a marginally slowed down cut that really highlights the artist’s connection to and natural affinity with groove and drum machine cuts. Coal thrusts the listener straight back down the wormhole – an extraordinary, driving piece propelled by a guttural lead synth sequence and ghostly drums, before giving way to Run – a dry, pared back recording with plucked, staccato synths that makes for a good contrast to its fathoms deep predecessor. Though not without moments of hysteria in its closing quarter, The Drag Train, featuring a classic, more mono finish begins the wind down towards the LP’s close. Nano Chameleon ties up Sky Scraping, a track as forceful as anything that has come earlier on the record – as it approaches its close, a warping lead powers the recording home with shuffling white noise percussion dipping in and out of the sonic main stage before giving way to a delicate, controlled chaos.

 

Snippets:
soon

 

Full Track Streaming:
soon

 

Video:
“Say It Loud”

Video made by the29nov films

 

Special:
“at Dekmantel Festival 2013”

 

Related Release:
PAS’ EP “Say It Loud” on Token Records

 

Recommendations:
all stuff Luke Slater stuff we featured
all releases on Token Records we featured

 

Buy Vinyl:
Planetary Assault Systems @ Bandcamp
more soon

 

Buy Download:
Planetary Assault Systems @ Bandcamp
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Commercial Streaming Services:
soon

 

Booking:
Octopus Agents

 

Websites:
Planetary Assault Systems / Luke Slater @ Facebook
Token Records

 

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out soon: Various – Dialogue [A-Ton]

 

Artist:
Various

 

Title:
Dialogue

 

Label:
A-Ton

 

Cat#:
a-ton 13

 

Release Date:
25th June 2021

 

Format:
LP, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A.
Luke Slater, KMRU & Speedy J
DIALOGUE#1

B.
Luke Slater, Anthony Child & Tom Moth
DIALOGUE#2

C.
Luke Slater, Anthony Child & Tom Moth
DIALOGUE#3

D.
Luke Slater, Anthony Child & Lady Starlight
DIALOGUE#4

 

Press Info (English):
DIALOGUE was conceived as a series of musical letters written back and forth between Luke Slater, Anthony Child (aka Surgeon), KMRU, Lady Starlight, Speedy J and harpist Tom Moth (of Florence + the Machine) at the height of the pandemic between 2020 and early 2021. Using the common language of rhythmic ambient electronics, each DIALOGUE features three actors in a sonic conversation of longform improvisation between 15 and 25 minutes in length, with Luke Slater the common denominator.

The results are a brooding, psychedelic exchange of melody, texture, bass, oscillation, key changes and volume swells, which organically merge into complete compositions. It’s music that both reflects and transcends the artists’ common reality of isolation – a meditative, consciousness-expanding conversion of musical ideas born from necessity. Cosmic but not escapist. And very much of its time.

 

Press Info (German):
DIALOGUE wurde konzipiert als Austausch musikalischer Briefe, hin- und hergeschrieben zwischen Luke Slater, Anthony Child (alias Surgeon), KMRU, Lady Starlight, Speedy J und Harfenist Tom Moth (von Florence + the Machine) auf dem Höhepunkt der Pandemie zwischen 2020 und Anfang 2021. Mittels einer gemeinsamen Sprache rhythmischer Ambient Electronics besteht jeder DIALOGUE aus drei Akteuren in einer klanglichen Konversation als Langformimprovisation, in der Länge zwischen 15 und 25 Minuten, mit Luke Slater als gemeinsamem Nenner.

Das Resultat ist ein grüblerischer, psychedelischer Austausch von Melodie, Textur, Bass, Oszillation, Ausweichungen und schwellender Lautstärke, die organisch in ganze Kompositionen zusammenlaufen. Musik, die die gemeinsame Realität von Isolation der Künstler sowohl reflektiert als auch transzendiert – eine meditative, bewusstseinserweiternde Umwidmung musikalischer Ideen, aus der Not geboren. Kosmisch, aber nicht eskapistisch. Und absolut ein Zeichen ihrer Zeit.

 

Snippets:

 

Specials:
Luke Slater x Speedy J – “SHS 18”

Anthony Child – “Mysteries of the Deep CXXXVI”

KMRU – “RA.740”

Lady Starlight – “Boiler Room x Eristoff "Into The Dark" Live Set”

 

Recommendations:
all featured stuff from Luke Slater
all featured stuff from Ostgut Ton

 

Buy Vinyl:
Ostgut Shop
more soon

 

Buy Download:
A-Ton @ Bandcamp
Boomkat
more soon

 

Booking:
Octopus Agents

 

Websites:
Luke Slater
Luke Slater @ Facebook
A-Ton
Ostgut Ton

 

out now: Johannes Motschmann – Lifestream (Luke Slater’s 7th Plain Remix) [Neue Meister]

 

Artist:
Johannes Motschmann

 

Title:
Lifestream (Luke Slater’s 7th Plain Remix)

 

Label:
Neue Meister

 

Cat#:
0302046NM

 

Release Date:
04th May 2021

 

Format:
download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Lifestream
(Luke Slater’s 7th Plain Remix)

 

Press Info:
“How do things come to life? How does meaning appear?” These are questions that have informed Lifestream, the 2019 release by German composer, electronic producer, and classically trained pianist Johannes Motschmann. Conceived as a narrative arc, the album reflected the natural cycle of all things – from birth to death. Meticulously composed and gloriously realised, it succeeded in bringing such overarching concepts to life in rich, vivid ways. A year on, the German musician has invited friends and collaborators to breathe even more life into Lifestream for a new remix EP.

English techno pioneer, Luke Slater and German Berghain veteran, Chris Liebing both chose to remix the title track of Motschmann’s album taking the original tune into their own clubby spheres. Slater, who is a household name in the Brit-techno since the early 90s gave his version of Lifestream an insistent beat under which echoes of piano and other fragments of Motschmann’s track can be heard nostalgically. Liebing, who is a driving force in the German electronic music world with his ever- innovative approach, took the track into a deep and dark world of his own.

“What fascinated me most about Luke and Chris’ remixes was that they both developed the music and its underlying traces in very different ways, so what are actually secondary voices in my track suddenly came to the fore, and the main voices recede,” observes Motschmann of the two reworks. “It’s like a development into worlds of sound in which my music might otherwise never appear – As DJs, Luke and Chris take a different outlook on music making than I do, with my often very theoretical approach. The remixes have given me the opportunity of a new perspective: the composer becomes an astonished listener of his own melodies because they unexpectedly appear in a different context.”

Luke Slater has been responsible for some of the most lauded, richly-textured techno of the ’90s, not to mention numerous left field excursions under various monikers. From his beginnings as a resident at Heaven in London in 1989 and his involvement in the early outdoor rave scene, Luke has quickly become one of Britain’s emerging talents with several seminal releases. Over the past three decades, Slater’s sound has been honed across the globe several times over. He also boasts residencies at the likes of Berghain alongside appearances at about every major club or festival you could think of – from the Dutch forest settings of Dekmantel to the incredible setting of Fuji Rock Festival in Japan.

Chris Liebing is DJ, producer, radio host and the driving force behind the labels CLR and Spinclub Recordings. His sound has continuously evolved during his DJ career, always true to his techno roots. Although his contributions to the field have already firmly established him as one of the field’s great names, Liebing continues to innovate in the DJ booth with a setup more befitting a teenage computer game obsessive as well as releasing new material time and again. He’s known for playing hard, bouncy techno that is inspired by philosophy; always-deep tracks that range from looming apocalyptic landscapes filled with a sense of dread, to more optimistic emotional meditations. 

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Lifestream (Luke Slater’s 7th Plain Remix)”

 

Special:
“Monday Is Okay”

 

Recommendation:
Johannes Motschmann’s “Lifestream (Chris Liebing)” on Neue Meister

 

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Websites:
Johannes Motschmann
Neue Meister

 

out now: Planetary Assault Systems – Say It Loud EP [Token Records]

 

Artist:
Planetary Assault Systems

 

Title:
Say It Loud EP

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN100

 

Release Date:
14th May 2021

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Bang Wap

A2.
Bolt

B1.
Say It Loud

B2.
Shine

 

Press Info:
Token celebrates its 100th release with Luke Slater, a legend of the genre, releasing under one of his most iconic aliases: Planetary Assault Systems. For over 25 years, Slater has delivered unparalleled quality in his music – a formative figure in Techno and instrumental in defining the sound globally, few can touch the Brit for depth, urgency and hit rate.

Exhibiting near enough perfect renditions of classic dance-floor moods, the four track EP is a wrought iron rollercoaster through some of the artist’s most exacting work. Booming opener Bang Wap chugs unrelentingly while a lithe FX line does the bulk of the movement in the high mid range – building tension before a satisfying release in the last quarter. A2 Bolt is classic Planetary Assault Systems – hypnotic and driving with a single sequence dipping in and out of view. On the flip, Say It Loud could be an idiosyncratic hit waiting to happen – dry and tight in the drum department for maximum effect, and featuring a recurring vocal sample chopped and skewed for tension. Closer Shine takes a deeper, more psychedelic route with shades of the classic, jacking Detroit sound in the pitch bent lead line, but maintains the energy throughout with stylish delay sends upping the ante where required, all in all delivering a neat finish to the EP.

 

Snippets:

 

Video:
“Say It Loud”

Video made by the29nov films

 

Special:
“Tailored Communication Radio Mix”

 

Recommendations:
all stuff Luke Slater stuff we featured
PTTRN’s “To Disappear Completely” on Token Records
compilation “Fuga II” on Token Records
Truncate’s “DTW 2 LAX” on Token Records
Border One’s “Radon EP” on Token Records
compilation “Aphelion” on Token Records
“Eschaton EP” by Ancient Methods & Orphx on Token Records
Phase’ “Binary Opposition Reprocessed” on Token Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
Planetary Assault Systems @ Bandcamp
Deejay
Juno
Decks
Red Eye Records
Clone
OYE Records
Phonica Records
HHV
Hardwax
more soon

 

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Booking:
Octopus Agents

 

Websites:
Planetary Assault Systems / Luke Slater @ Facebook
Token Records

 

out now: RoogUnit – Nu Rebels Club EP [Mote-Evolver]

 

Artist:
RoogUnit

 

Title:
Nu Rebels Club EP

 

Label:
Mote-Evolver

 

Cat#:
MOTE058

 

Release Date:
06th April 2021

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Edge 1

A2.
Edge 2

B.
Edge 3

 

Press Info:
Luke Slater and O [Phase] combine for the second release under their RoogUnit guise on Mote-Evolver this April with the ‘Nu Rebels Club’ EP.

Following 2017s ‘Mesh’ EP release, the second outing from two of techno’s most revered talents in Mote-Evolver boss Slater and Ashley Burchett (O [Phase]), sees the duo indulge in a vast sonic exploration into the world of hypnotic techno shot through with intricately interwoven soundscapes and glacial atmospheres.

The release follows a live streamed set via Mote-Evolver’s Bandcamp page on March 5th featuring a 4.5hr live B2B DJ set from RoogUnit.

 

Snippets:
@ deejay.de

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Edge 3”

 

Video:
“Edge 3”

Video made by the29nov films

 

Specials:
Luke Slater – “Guest Mix @ Mary Anne Hobbs BBC 6 Music”

Ø [Phase] – “R-Imprint Invite…”

 

Recommendations:
all Mote-Evolver releases

 

Buy Vinyl:
Mote-Evolver @ Bandcamp
deejay.de
Juno
Decks
Red Eye Records
Clone
OYE Records
Hardwax
more soon

 

Buy Download:
Mote-Evolver @ Bandcamp
JunoDownload
Beatport
iTunes
TraxSource
Boomkat
Bleep
Hardwax
Clone Digital
more soon

 

Commercial Streaming Services:
Tidal
Spotify
Deezer
Youtube Music
more soon

 

Booking:
Octopus Agents for Luke Slater
Hemisphere Agency for Ø [Phase]

 

Websites:
RoogUnit
Ø [Phase]
Luke Slater
Mote-Evolver