out soon: 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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Border One’s “Abyssal EP” on Border One Records
Border One’s “Insight EP” on Wolfskuil Records
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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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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

 

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.

 

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“Coal”

“One For The Groove”

 

Video:
“Say It Loud”

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PAS’ EP “Say It Loud” on Token Records

 

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Websites:
Planetary Assault Systems / Luke Slater @ Facebook
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out now: ORBE – Transhuman EP [Token Records]

 

Artist:
ORBE

 

Title:
Transhuman EP

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN102

 

Release Date:
10th September 2021

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
FM-2030

A2.
Extropy

B1.
Transhuman

B2.
Posthuman Being

 

Press Info:
ORBE debuts on Token.

The Spanish producer arrives on the label with a brace of high energy, atmospheric dance floor cuts. Leaning tentatively towards a more booming, warehouse-ready finish, the four track EP channels funk, density and smart sound design in equal measure.

Tripping opener FM-2030 marries a bold, aquatic lead sequence with glassy pads set in the sonic periphery that serve to create a pleasing sense of suspension. Drum machine flourishes help guide the recording onwards, increasing intensity where required and exuberant synth hits wax and bend in support along the way, tying up a classy, rolling number. A-side follow up Extropy features booming, fathoms deep low end and that same sunk, introspective finish. Noisy percussive elements inject groove and dynamics to proceedings while a growling synth shifts in and out of view for added effect. The caustic Transhuman builds itself around a single warping lead, expertly tweaked and plied along its run time to generate a palpable hysteria. Buoyed by expertly centred kicks, it’s a powerful piece of off kilter dance floor material. Closing piece Posthuman Being drives the record home – an expertly executed slice of peak time Techno, complete with driving bassline and crisp atmospherics for added character.

 

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out now: Jeroen Search – Aether EP [Token Records]

 

Artist:
Jeroen Search

 

Title:
Aether EP

 

Label:
Token Records

 

Cat#:
TOKEN101

 

Release Date:
25th June 2021

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Nightshade

A2.
Zero-Day Exploit

B1.
Aether

B2.
Rejection Rate

 

Press Info:
Following up 2020’s Inner Call, Jeroen Search returns to Token with another serving of characteristically hypnotic purism. Aether draws on classic, tripping motifs designed for maximum drive.
Opener Nightshade kicks off proceedings with a stylish lead sequence. Dry and effective, the track makes the most of its limited components, opening up briefly for a considered breakdown before returning to the driving repetition that will come to define the record. Zero Day Exploit follows–another crisp, beautifully executed composition that bears all the hallmarks of a seasoned engineer. On the flip, title track Aether brings some extra swing to proceedings, with drum machine patterns building tension as the main riff twists over its run time. Closer Rejection Rate sees the record out, a dense peak time roller complete with elegant chord stabs.

 

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