out soon: Planetary Assault Systems – Devotion EP [Token Records]

 

Artist:
Planetary Assault Systems

 

Title:
Devotion EP

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN108

 

Release Date:
10th June 2022

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Devotion

A2.
Devotion
(Truncate Remix)

B1.
Eden Tide

B2.
Eden Tide
(Barker Remix)

 

Press Info:
Hot on the heels of his full-length LP ‘Sky Scraping’, Luke Slater is back as Planetary Assault Systems with a victory lap titled ‘Devotion’. A trailblazer in techno with anticipation ahead of every release, Slater appoints complementary scene heavy weights Truncate and Barker for the remixes.

With the title track being reissued after its primary release on ‘Sky Scraping’, ‘Devotion’ opens the EP with what can only be described as raw drum machine psychosis. Slater whips up a classic tom-based 909 sequence with impact, keeping things straight to the point before introducing the defining vocal sample. Wasting no time with 1 bar melodies, Slater boosts up the resonance and LFO rates to create hypnotic textures with a large stereo spread to affirm the sheer size of the track. It comes as no surprise that ‘Devotion’ was picked up by Los Angeles’s Truncate for the remix. Truncate employs the head-turning efficiency that’s made his name a stylistic reference for the past 10 years for this remix, making the vocal cut seem like his idea to begin with. Stripping down the track to its bare essentials and emphasizing the rumble of the kick that clears the way for his original groove, Truncate surprises the listener with a progression into a more maximalist record than his fans might be used to. This marks a fair compromise with Slater’s original track and makes for a reliable weapon for clubs everywhere. Slater then offers ‘Eden Tide’ as his B1 for this record, introducing a track independent of the LP. Here, Planetary Assault Systems fans find comfort in the cosmic synth lines and ambience that justify his name. This glides over a reliable groove with shaker-like hi-hats he’s been known to use in the past coupled with an identifying progressive structure to make things even more hypnotic, making the track a recipe for acclaim. ‘Eden Tide’ could only be strengthened with a remix from Berghain resident Barker, who takes things even further into the mind with his signature kickless techno. Always picking up on the details, Barker takes advantage of the space given by Slater to offer his rendition of ‘Eden Tide’. Barker lifts the mood with melody and dives into the subconscious through dub with delays and psychedelic movement, introducing the end of the EP with a meditative eye closer to smooth the edges of a rougher record.

 

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“Devotion (Truncate Remix)”

 

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out now: Ignez – Nadi EP [Token Records]

 

Artist:
Ignez

 

Title:
Nadi EP

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN107

 

Release Date:
06th May 2022

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Aura

A2.
Warrior One

B1.
Nadi

B2.
Centaurus

 

Press Info:
Following the release of his track ‘Celestial’ on Fuga III, Ignez is back on Token for his own 4 track EP ‘Nadi’ to confirm that his work cannot be overlooked. Dissonant and seductive synth work offer the only release from a uniquely unforgiving use of percussion throughout the project – a masterclass in effect.

Kicking off the record with a track built on atmospheric shifts certainly sets the tone and it’s called ‘Aura’. Carefully sequenced and erratic synth lines are thinly sliced by high energy top percussion to make an anxious opening. Moving on to the A2, Ignez strips things down to the essentials and takes out the ear candy. Being the most rhythmically-centered piece of the project, ‘Warrior One’ fills space through the body of its few elements to accept tension from a simple yet hypnotic vocal synth. The linear quality of this piece then dives into the persistently moody title track ‘Nadi’. A more cinematic addition to the EP, ‘Nadi’ brews tension through most of its elements over the duration of the track to be released into a deep club groove with expert attention to detail. The attitude of this track makes for a twisted way to drop into the final piece of the EP, ‘Centaurus’. Built on a strong base of a more classically crafted rhythm, the unpredictability of this B2 lies in the melodic interactions between the bass synth and suspenseful strings that stalk the listener for a cliffhanger of a closer.

 

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out now: Border One – Cyclone EP [Token Records]

 

Artist:
Border One

 

Title:
Cyclone EP

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN105

 

Release Date:
04th February 2022

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Cyclone

A2.
Halo

B1.
Stratus

B2.
Spheric

 

Press Info:
Token sees the return of Brussels-based Border One for 4 tracks of no nonsense, body focused music. This collection of tracks, meant to deliver uncompromising groove, affirms Border One’s sonic identity through his use of evolving yet persistent tension brewing above hypnotic elements. This signature storm adds a dimension to Cyclone that guides the listener between club and mind by adding this constant yet recognizable anticipation.

The EP opens up at full capacity with the title track; bent metallics over an intimidatingly deep kick are stalked and circled by a sinister pad that leaves only to release maximum tension. This peak-time cut is followed by the subdued A2 ‘Halo’ where, this time, melodic ambience is prioritized. Light toms drive us forward to undress a track with a patiently strained arrangement, partially through a filter only opening fully midway through, imposing the producer’s pace. Border One then lifts the energy with ‘Stratus’ through 1/16th rhythmics with an almost psychotic arpeggio and tunneling hi hats in a track that can be visually described as racing fractals. The invigoratingly hypnotic quality of ‘Stratus’ creates an ultimate closed-eye dance floor experience to then pull us into ‘Spheric’ that closes the EP out in an entirely new but familiar cosmic atmosphere. Space is given to this last cut, with short plucked synths resonating through vast soundscapes, giving the project an ethereal closing over lighter, bouncing percussion.

 

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out now: Oscar Mulero – Titan EP [Token Records]

 

Artist:
Oscar Mulero

 

Title:
Titan EP

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN104

 

Release Date:
26th November 2021

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Carnage


A2.
Spirit Train


B1.
Titan


B2.
Elektra

 

Press Info:
Oscar Mulero returns to Token. Titan follows up 2018’s Electric Shades EP and marks the Spaniard’s fourth appearance on the label. A brace of uptempo, dance-floor focused tracks in the artist’s inimitable style, the EP showcases the veteran producer’s knack for memorable sonic motifs and enviable studio prowess.

As ever, the music feels fresh and modern. Driving, polyrhythmic recording Carnage sets the tone for the record–high energy and off-kilter, it’s a dense workout that feels as focused as it does powerfully untethered. Hypnotic follow up Spirit Train channels the best of the heads-down end of the genre with a single delayed synth that warps across its runtime, buoyed by exquisite drum programming and bound neatly by the artist’s precision engineering. Title track Titan heads up the B1 and the EP shows no sign of slowing. High energy from the start, Mulero delivers an exemplary slice of peak-time acid-Techno that finds extraordinary energy in its crisp main riff. Elektra closes out the EP and focuses heavily on groove. A single reverberating lead synth sequence does the bulk of the movement, moving in and out of the sonic periphery to build and release tension, all the while propped up by the chunky, driving drums that have powered the record throughout.

 

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“Carnage (Video Edit)”

 

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out now: 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

 

Tracklist Digital:
01.
Labstract

02.
One For The Groove

03.
Bang Wap

04.
Say It Loud

05.
Give In

06.
If I Die

07.
Coal

08.
Devotion

09.
Run

10.
The Drag Train

11.
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:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Coal”

“One For The Groove”

 

Video:
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Related Release:
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