Mote Evolver Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
Luke Slater assembles a bunch of his favourite producers/artists on his Mote Evolver label roster to re-work a bunch of Planetary Assault Systems stone cold classics. Doing the business are Marcel Fengler, Psyk, Lucy, Slam, Steve Bicknell, Octave One, Function, James Ruskin Kamikaze Space Programme and Slater himself. Cut across six sides of wax for maximum DJ impact.
- Vinyl Triple LP (MOTELP03)
Luke Slater’s Mote Evolver (Planetary Assault Systems, LB Dub Corp) with a typically hi-octane techno set here. Loud Colours comes courtesy of promising young talent Rene Wise. On only his second EP the Brighton-based producer turns in four DJ tools that will perk up any set with their pounding drum programming and insistent, slightly disorientating synth grooves.
You may know Luke Slater best from his work in Planetary Assault Systems, but he also has a side-hustle in the form of techno project L.B. Dub Corp. Side Effects, the first LBDC release since 2013’s Unknown Origin LP for Ostgut Ton, has turned up on Slater’s own Mote-Evolver imprint. It contains more wedges of hard-wired Funktion One fodder with a slight acid tang.
- Vinyl Double LP (MOTELP04)
Mote Evolver have given us reason to celebrate: it's a new EP from Luke Slater under his Planetary Assault Systems alias! Deep Heet Vol. 4 is an EP containing no fewer than 4 (four) cuts of Slater's particular brand of highly rhythmic techno. Minimal grooves galore! Limited edition transparent splatter vinyl!
Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver (Planetary Assault Systems, Marcel Fengler) drops a new EP from Oliver Deutschmann. Deutschmann - who co-runs Vidab and has previously released on Hotflush - brings to bear the club sound of his native Berlin perfectly on the four tracks of Lost In A Loop. Whether he’s making rumbling minimal techno (‘Lost’, ‘Survive’), edgy synth soundscapes ala Drexciya (‘Apsurt’) or squelchy acid (‘Seduced’), Deutschmann crafts his tracks impeccably.
Roog Unit is the new moniker for Luke Slater (Planetary Assault Systems) and Ashley Burchett (Ø [Phase]/Epoch). With both being standards in the British techno scene for a long time (Slater stated in the 80s) this team up is set to provide the latest in forward moving techno. Debut EP out on Mote-Evolver.
Luke Slater clearly knows that whenever he straps on his Planetary Assault Systems alias, things are going to get potent. They’d have to with such an excellent, large-scale name. Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series (Part 2) is loaded with a fierce space-techno tune called ‘Kat’, presented in both original and Josh Wink remix forms. 12” on Mote Evolver.
Planetary Assault Systems take a (re)imaginative look back at their archives for the inaugural entry in the Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series. ‘Dungeon’ is a driving 1997 cut, presented in original form and as a remix by ø [Phase]. Plus a heavy new version of ‘Gated’ by Ben Sims. Very strong business on Mote Evolver.
Another solid piece of work from genre defining techno producer Luke Slater. ‘The Eyes Themselves’ is a gentle progression of sonic elements that gradually propels the listener into a tight wall of sound before bringing them gently back down to earth with layers of clean, captivating sound engineering and tastefully introduced, irregular high frequencies over classic techno rhythms.
Some very serious minimal hard techno here from Mike Parker. Even the press release calls it 'po faced'. No messing about here then, heads down no-nonsense four to the floor dark beatery. "Spitting Electricity" filters beats and squelshy synth sounds giving the impression of the titular electricity flowing through the track. Elsewhere there's some classic freaky techno sound effects with obtuse bubbling synth tones. Three tracks in all to get busy with.
The bass drum sounds like its an inflated balloon version of a normal kick, and the chords jump around chaotically. And yet and yet and yet: Time Foundation is still catchy, being Pysk’s third full-length and definitely interesting for all you acid/house and perhaps a few other related genre fans out there.