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- The Messenger by Planetary Assault Systems
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This is Luke Slater's latest blast of non conformist absurdest techno. Aimed at both club and home listening it's a veritable barrage of bleeps and bloops, micro beats, eerie outer space type futuristic sounds and thumping bass kicks. The aim is apparently to use sounds not normally present in club music and certainly there's a pots and pans, kitchen sink feel to the myriad of sounds thrown in there. Yet through all this there's a purist techno ethic - You can see how it could appeal to large groups of people who have taken some very hard drugs. Similarly there's sonic exploration and sound art going on here which will appeal to forward thinking techno fans listening at home on their Bose.
9/10 Peter Customer review, 24th September 2015
I will always have a special place in my heart for Luke Slater, particularly his Planetary Assault Systems alias. The Archives Two album from 2002 is still a favourite, with the incessant Angel Street typifying his famous multi-layered sound, whilst the beautiful The Parting displayed the alternate end of the PAS spectrum.
The previous album, Temporary Suspension, left me somewhat cold. There was plenty of heavy hitting techno but little of the subtlety and feeling that I also associate with PAS releases. The Messenger however is a return to form. The opening three tracks act as an introduction before the excellent Bell Blocker brings a repetitive, building sound (with bells!). Another favourite is Kray Squid with its Robert Hood style bleeps. The undeniable stand out track though is Rip The Cut, Slater doing what he does best with layers of rolling bass and phased sounds that just build and build. The final two tracks, Cold Bolster and Black Tea, round things off nicely with some power and urgency, but still with some restraint.
Whereas its predecessor was a collection of club tracks (albeit excellent ones) this is a much more coherent album and works far better as a whole. The Messenger manages to pay homage to techno’s past whilst sounding bang up to date. You wouldn’t expect anything less from Luke Slater.
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