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Mass
TOKEN 3D
01 Jan 08
Techno
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Mass - (5:29) 136 BPM
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Cellular Processing - (5:45) 142 BPM
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The Hyperorganism - (5:33) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Dave Clarke
Binary Opposition
TOKEN 20D
23 Jan 12
Techno
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Binary Opposition (Process 1) - (7:24) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Binary Opposition (Process 2) - (6:06) 132 BPM
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Review: John Malkovich and Daniel Day-Lewis have garnered the reputation of being actor's actors. Ashley Burchett aka Phase is proving to be a producer's producer, certified by commissioned mixes from the likes of Robert Hood, Dave Clarke and Ben Sims, as well spots in Resident Advisor podcasts by Surgeon and Carl Craig. Since 2007 Phase has been channelling his burrowed beats and jarring analogue riffs through Belgian and techno genuine imprint Token. A mastering engineer by trade, Burchett achieves perfect equilibrium in his mix downs where no sound or artefact dominates the other. Shifting crackles and resonating textures cosy up to looped rhythms of "Binary Opposition (Process 1)" which Phase substitutes for more melodic yet insidious soundscapes in "Binary Opposition (Process 2)" - handing the likes of Dettmann and Nodge some early afternoon Berghain fodder with two tracks harbouring the longevity needed to fuel their legendary Sunday sessions.
Behind The Sun
TOKEN 25D
22 Oct 12
Techno
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Behind The Sun - (6:01) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Chasedown - (6:31) 131 BPM
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Review: Belgian label Token is one of the most consistent techno imprints because it gives short shrift to fads and fashions. Phase, one of the label's core artists, showcases its uncompromising style here. The title track is a tough, pumping affair, its heavy drums housing phased synths that suggest a world of unknown horrors. But it's on "The Chasedown" that Phase excels; the beats are heavy and concrete-like and a hint of acid lends it a menacing undercurrent. Nothing could prepare the listener for the wave of droning bee sounds that emerges in the middle of the arrangement, amplified to the nth degree until it feels like a million insects are buzzing from within your cranium.
On The Edge
TOKEN 31D
24 Jun 13
Techno
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On The Edge - (6:57) 124 BPM
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Perplexed - (4:47) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: So far this year, the Gent-based Token have been in suitably rampant form, issuing material from Inigo Kennedy and Xhin, reissuing a Mark Broom classic and unleashing Token Introspective, the label's first official mix that's been compiled by founder Kr!z, which arrived last week. Whilst most labels would stop momentarily to catch their breath, Token don't even countenance it and instead ramp up the expectation for the upcoming LP from label mainstay O [Phase]. Due out in the Autumn, Frames Of Reference is the long awaited debut album from O [Phase], aka South West Londoner Ashley Burchett and a taste of what to expect on it arrives in the shape of the On The Edge / Perplexed EP, with both tracks here showing true techno grit.
Ryder's Return
TOKEN 7D
12 Jun 08
Techno
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Ryder's Return - (8:16) 138 BPM
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At First Light - (8:12) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tunnel Vision / Internal Conflict
TOKEN 52D
20 Apr 15
Techno
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Tunnel Vision - (7:02) 134 BPM
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Internal Conflict (Acts 1-3) - (10:18) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: The long-running fruitful relationship between O [Phase] aka Ashley Burchett and Belgian label Token continues on Tunnel Vision. More direct than the UK producer's previous releases on the imprint, "Vision" is a pounding, linear groove, its hissing filters sounding like the release of a thousand steam pistons and complementing the hard-as-nails metal rhythm. "Internal Conflict (Acts 1-3)" is less rigid; it sees Burchett deploy a rolling groove laced with a succession of tonal bleeps and 303 builds. It even features conga drums near the end, but despite
Transantarctic
TOKEN 18D
06 Jun 11
Techno
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Transantarctic - (6:14) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Plateau Station - (8:26) 136 BPM
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Dome Argus - (5:26) 133 BPM
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Binary Opposition Reprocessed
TOKEN 20RD
25 Jun 12
Techno
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Binary Opposition (Planetary Assault Systems Process) - (8:02) 127 BPM
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Binary Opposition (Ctrls Process) - (6:25) 132 BPM
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Binary Opposition (Sigha Process) - (7:29) 133 BPM
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Binary Opposition (Peter Van Hoesen Process) - (7:01) 130 BPM
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Binary Opposition (Ben Klock Process) - (7:32) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Binary Opposition (Inigo Kennedy Process) - (6:11) 129 BPM
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Review: Phase's recent Binary Opposition finds itself remixed by a host of techno's most vital names on this massive collection from Token. Planetary Assault Systems puts his abrasive stamp on the source material, with juddering synthwork poking out of the cracks, while CTRLS takes a dustier approach, taking the original's four to the floor approach and putting a bit of broken beat swagger into it - but one that's refreshingly off the grid. Our Circula Sound boss Sigha meanwhile favours a stripped back, greyed out, minimalistic approach, while Peter Van Hoesen and Ben Klock provide the most club focused tracks on the collection - with the former's heavy kicks and tunnelling bassline and Klock's thick slabs of dub satisfying the urges of those who like their techno a little more simple. Finally, Inigo Kennedy provides a dystopian take whose sci-fi synths and electro influenced beats are filled with Drexciyan undertones.

Morodem (Ben Sims remixes)
TOKENSPEC 1X
16 Feb 09
Techno
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Morodem (Ben Sims remix - version 1) - (5:41) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Morodem (Ben Sims remix - version 2) - (5:34) 138 BPM
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Morodem (original version) - (5:47) 138 BPM
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Dirtro II
TOKEN 37D
16 Dec 13
Techno
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Dirtro II - (6:39) 127 BPM
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Dirtro II (Robert Hood's New Device mix) - (7:30) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Taken from his recent Frames of Reference album, Dirtro II has all of those qualities that make Phase such a distinctive talent. Tumbling, grimy drums, a pulsing bass and shards of glassy percussion unfold over a rhythm that skips in and out of time, lithe and limber but deadly effective. The release also boasts a remake from Robert Hood. Putting his Floorplan alter ego on hold, the Detroit producer delivers a banging version centred on heavy tribal beats and chord sequences that swagger menacingly. It's a long way from Minimal Nation and indeed Paradise, but that won't put off anyone who likes powerful, high-paced techno.

Eschaton EP
TOKEN 38D
27 Jan 14
Techno
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Age Of Iron - (8:01) 128 BPM
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Kali - (5:22) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Seven Signs - (7:01) 127 BPM
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Degenerate - (4:08)
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Review: When it comes to techno, can it get any more serious than a collaboration between Ancient Methods and Orphx released on rock hard Belgian label Token? Well yes, as soon as you hear the music is does. "Age Of Iron" sounds like the sub-aqueous dub of Rich Oddie exchanging blows with an armoury of Ancient Methods percussion, while "Degenerate" is proper, rigid and heads down techno funnelled through a tubular filter. "Kali" features the same type of rolling rhythm, stop-start loops as what's heard throughout Regis' early work, only the frequency spectrums are sculpted to form a musical production, even though this is industrial techno, while "Seven Signs" croaks, clinks, and jangles like shackles scraping against concrete, sounding like something designed for dungeon clubbing - and, we might add, it's worth powering through the sonic malevolence for the drum breakdown alone.
Tiger
TOKEN 6D
17 Apr 08
Techno
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Tiger (original mix) - (6:17) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tiger (James Ruskin Blueprint mix) - (5:34) 134 BPM
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Saudade EP
TOKEN 59D
11 Mar 16
Techno
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Night Adrift - (6:21) 130 BPM
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Hiraeth - (6:35) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: French producer Jeanson Antonin aka Antigone represents the new wave of techno artists, and he has made his mark on labels like Token and Demented. Saudade is his follow up to his 2015 debut on Kr!z imprint and it showcases why he is held in high regard. "Night Adrift" is a tense, tough roller, its metallic drums precisely crafted. On the flip, he delivers "Hiraeth"; there, the rhythm is intricate yet also dense and robust, with a tonal bleep fading in and out of the arrangement and the listener captivated by the few elements that Antonin has seamlessly brought together to have such an impact.
Cantor Dust
TOKEN 53D
18 May 15
Techno
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Anna Livia - (4:05) 158 BPM
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Enter - (6:50) 131 BPM
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Prime Mover - (6:15) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Voltage - (6:12) 130 BPM
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Artefakt - (7:07) 130 BPM
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Astragral - (5:34) 130 BPM
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Blue Note - (7:28) 129 BPM
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Review: Dust is Jeanson Antonin's debut release on Token and arguably it's his most impressive release to date. Kr!z label has given him a double pack format to work with and it allows him the platform to express himself. At either end of the release there are two beautiful soundscapes; "Anna Livia" bathes in sensuous textures, while "Blue Note" features slow-motion beats underpinning shimmering melodies. In stark contrast, "Neter", "Astragal" and "Artefact" are tough, metallic bangers that recall the distorted stomp of Joey Beltram and Jeff Mills. However, it isn't just a release of extremes and "Prime Mover" sees Antigone bring a house groove to his tough metallic production.
Thoughts & Emotions
TOKEN 12D
07 Sep 09
Techno
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Thoughts & Emotions (original mix) - (5:56) 138 BPM
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Thoughts & Emotions (Inigo Kennedy remix) - (5:57)
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Thoughts & Emotions (Oscar Mulero remix) - (5:27) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Thoughts & Emotions (Grovskopa remix) - (5:49) 134 BPM
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Two
TOKEN 29D
29 Apr 13
Techno
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Two (original mix) - (6:43) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Two (Syntax Interpretation) - (6:37) 161 BPM
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Review: Belgian label Token dip their toes in the reissue game with this reissue of a Mark Broom cut from 2002. Originally released through the Coda offshoot of James Ruskin's Blue Print, "Two" apparently highest amongst Token boss Kr!z's personal favourite Mark Broom productions and the track still sounds immense some eleven years on. A classic example of Broom at his most relentlessly thumping, "Two" is given some contemporary context with a Syntax remix whose spacious textures and brushed syncopation offer a more serene accompaniment.
Two Worlds
TOKEN 55D
11 Sep 15
Techno
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Two Worlds - (8:01) 132 BPM
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Onto Them - (6:48) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Marco Piangiamore
Review: One of the main reasons why Token has made its mark is because its owner Kr!z has championed artists who are either new or who have flown under the radar. Ctrls is probably the best example of the Belgian imprint's A&R policy. The Danish producer has been releasing strictly on Token since 2012 and Two Worlds is the latest addition to his small but respectable catalogue. The title track contains breathy, atmospheric textures but underneath there lurks a powerful stepping rhythm. It's not the most dance floor friendly track, but Token has given Ctrls the freedom to experiment. In any event, on the flip, Ctrls drops "Onto Them", a stripped back tribal affair full of heavy tribal drums and insistent vocal snippets.
Nonuser
TOKEN 60D
15 Apr 16
Techno
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Vocabulary - (5:56) 132 BPM
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Nonuser - (6:12) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Wave - (6:54) 132 BPM
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Review: Token has been home to all of CTRLS work since he appeared in 2012, and Nonuser solidifies what has been a very fruitful relationship. The follow up to 2015's Users (it's not hard to see a pattern emerging), it starts with "Vocabulary". Tight, steely rhythms provide a basis for bleak synths that break and burst like grey waves against a harbour wall. The title track is more of a heads-down affair, as the Danish producer realises his vision for looped techno, albeit one where razor sharp hats and a bleating siren cut through the dense rhythms. Finally, there's a deeper track, "The Wave". Based on a dense, percussive groove, those incremental progressions up and down the melody scale that will set spines tingling.
Movements
TOKEN 39D
17 Feb 14
Techno
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Shift - (5:31) 130 BPM
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Sweep - (5:27) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Stop - (5:41) 130 BPM
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Review: When he's not making house music as 2400 Operator for Underground Quality, or industrial strength techno for Sonic Groove as part of Northern Structures, Troels Knudsen is Ctrls for Token. This latest Movement release is his fourth solo EP, all of which have come through the Belgian label, which now makes it safe to say he's as much a member of the Token family as Inigo Kennedy, [Phase] and the new Orphx and Ancient Methods collaboration, Eschaton. Each production on this three-track release sees similar beaten down drums of his Northern Structures project, although this time they're pitched against metallic screeches of contorted synths, and it's the Dane's strongest solo work yet.
Charge
TOKEN 44D
26 May 14
Techno
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Charge - (6:22) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Charge (Rrose remix) - (6:06) 127 BPM
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Charge (Rich Oddie remix) - (6:36) 126 BPM
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Review: Take a step back and assess the output from Token over recent times and you get the impression label boss Kr!z is fixing for them to become Belgium's answer to Ostgut Ton. Already this year, Token have debuted the Eschaton collaboration between Ancient Methods and Orphx's Rich Oddie, and had Rodhad and Robert Hood remix O [Phase] with an Inigo Kennedy LP on the way too! Before that Token call on Rrose and Rich Oddie to add some remix heat to the second CTRLS release of 2014, with stunning results! "Charge" finds Troels B. Knudsen in particularly nightmarish form with a production that's dominated by the searing tonal riff, whilst Rrose's remix reinforces his reputation for nihilistic big room techno. Orphx's Oddie reduces his version that focuses on self-modulating rhythms, caustic atmospherics and squealing effects.
Interface EP
TOKEN 22D
23 Apr 12
Techno
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Socket - (6:44) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Social Vector - (5:58) 134 BPM
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Encrypted Sex - (5:53) 133 BPM
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Review: Token never does things the conventional way and this release by Ctrls is testament to the Belgian label's championing of unorthodox techno. While "Socket" is a peak time affair, powered by a rhythm that is lean and functional, cavernous soundscapes threaten to submerge it. On "Social Vector", a pacey funk bassline is in the foreground, but whirring and clicking away in the left field are shards of glitchy percussion and unexpected stops and starts. "Encrypted Sex" completes the package and here too Ctrls don't forsake experimentation, with a sawing bass supporting subtle percussive elements and a series of drops.
Centrally Processed Unity EP
TOKEN 26D
03 Dec 12
Techno
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Evident Mechanics - (6:12) 132 BPM
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Analogue Lies - (5:16) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Program - (5:55) 131 BPM
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Limited Competition - (5:44) 131 BPM
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Played by: Forest Echo One, CTRLS
Review: Belgian label Token has been one of the finest techno labels of 2012, and Kr!z imprint rounds out the year in style on Unity. The work of Danish producer Ctrls, the sound appears to be almost simplistic at times, but in reality it's a highly complex set of arrangements. "Analogue Lies" sees dense drums struggling to be heard over the din created by static interference and crackling percussion, while "Evident Mechanics" is based on mechanical rhythms, whip-crack electronic riffs and an insistent robot vocal. Best of all though is "Limited Competition", where a squeaky metallic stab is combined with lo-fi drums.
Users
TOKEN 50D
16 Feb 15
Techno
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Incoming Data - (6:14) 132 BPM
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The Disparates - (6:05) 132 BPM
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Externalizer - (5:37) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Formerly a drum and bass producer, Danish artist CTRLS has now become a key component in the Token operation. The descriptor 'component' is apposite here; like his previous releases on the label, Users is a mechanical, metallic release, sounding like it was forged in a steel foundry rather than a studio. "Incoming Data" is based on lithe, angular rhythms and cold, subsonic bleeps, while "The Disparates" is straighter and more banging. Despite being led by gnarly beats, it is shot through with jittery percussion. Neither can compare to "Externalizer" however, a track built on mangled drums and led by the kind of merciless rhythm that can by turns tingle and crush spines.
Shifting States EP
TOKEN 34D
07 Oct 13
Techno
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Modular Framework - (6:26) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Displacer - (6:13) 129 BPM
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Displacer (Sleeparchive version 1) - (5:12) 129 BPM
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Displacer (Sleeparchive version 2) - (4:33) 129 BPM
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Review: It's been a busy year for Belgian imprint Token, with killer EPs coming from Rodhad, Xhin, Inigo Kennedy and the impending album from O [Phase]. Ctrls now presents his third EP for the label and matches his Northern Structures studio buddy Lasse Buhl with solo releases this year. As usual Ctrls has his Vermona drum machine cranking full tilt with the two tracks "Modular Framework" and "Displacer", with the latter reworked twice by Sleeparchive who turns it into something a little more stripped back and caustic. The Token techno machine marches on!
Eschaton II
TOKEN 61D
06 May 16
Techno
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Deus Irae - (7:34) 129 BPM
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Those Who Obey - (4:33) 123 BPM
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Answer My Prayer - (6:05) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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No Other Gods Before Me - (5:50) 88 BPM
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Review: Eschaton are back everyone: look out. The infamous collaboration between Ancient Methods and Orphx have decided to reign in terror once more on Belgian imprint Token so be prepared: this one is a one way ticket to hell and back! Starting out with the body bashing broken beat assault of "Deus Irae", they then serve up the slow burning post-apocalyptic anthem "Those Who Obey". "Answer My Prayer" definitely sounds more like Michael Wollenhaupt than anyone else: this is techno-doomcore like only he can create. Finally the hellish drone of "No Other Gods Before Me" ensures one seriously white knuckled duvet ride for you tonight!
Survival EP
TOKEN 15D
05 Jul 10
Techno
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Survival - (5:24) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tokyo View - (4:59) 135 BPM
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First Hind Leg - (5:13) 135 BPM
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Second Real - (5:20) 135 BPM
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Review: The Survival EP sees Go Hiyama in typically uncompromising form for Belgian Imprint Token. The Japanese producer has been at the forefront of his country's industrial techno scene of late and these four pounders cement his position. The title track takes no prisoners with jackhammer drums pummelling the abrasive synth lines, stopping only momentarily for the lean rubber bassline to get stretched out before twanging back into action. Schizophrenic percussion dominates on "Tokyo View" with discordant scratches the so called melody upon which paranoid sirens sound out on what is the standout track. "First Hind Leg" throws frenetic synth shapes over galloping hi-hats whilst "Second Real" challenges the recent Mike Dehnert release in the distorted abrasions stakes.
Arc One
TOKEN 23D
20 Aug 12
Techno
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Farnsworth House - (6:10) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dymaxion Map - (5:53)
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Fallingwater - (8:30)
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Review: After several years releasing for the likes of Perc Trax, Gynoid Audio and Dynamic Reflection it looks like Go Hiyama may be coming into his element with what may be his finest EP to date for excellent Belgian imprint Token. "Farnsworth House" displays the kind of angular breakbeat approach that Perc and Lucy have been perfecting for the past few years, but with a distinctly sparing Japanese approach, as a minimal electrically charged bassline pulses forward, while "Dymaxion Map" concentrates on a spring-loaded bassline and metallic percussive tics. Finally, "Fallingwater" is the most abrasive track of the lot, as scuzzed out signal noise and bass drones are held together with grainy rhythmic elements.
Sex & Violins
TOKEN 8D
04 Sep 08
Techno
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Sex & Violins - (5:18) 134 BPM
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Sex & Violins (Surgeon remix) - (6:49) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Clarion Call
TOKEN 58D
20 Nov 15
Techno
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Clarion Call - (7:53) 128 BPM
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Kepler - (6:11) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Fold - (6:14) 128 BPM
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Dusk - (6:18) 128 BPM
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NGC EP
TOKEN 62D
24 Jun 16
Electro
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NGC6826 (Blinking Eye) - (7:51) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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NGC6543 (Cat's Eye) - (6:28) 130 BPM
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Cathedral
TOKEN 27D
28 Jan 13
Techno
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Cathedral - (7:29) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Chamber - (6:23) 125 BPM
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Accordion - (6:15) 125 BPM
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Review: Inigo Kennedy's Spectre release for Token was a definite record of two halves, with one track providing severe, Berghain ready techno, and the other providing ghostly melodies with echoes of Aphex Twin. It's a similarly engaging story on Cathedral, with the title track providing a fierce breakbeat together with a cavernous harpsichord melody, and though it may not seem like the most obvious of combinations, its pulsing bass undercurrent ensures Kennedy's usual power is not diminished. "Chamber" plays things slightly straighter, providing a more forceful dancefloor cut imbued with gentle hints of dub techno that bristle with the producer's usual freshness, while "Accordion" completes things with another subtly melodic cut filled with unpredictability, as stuttering drums are surrounded by synths that seem to fade in and out of view. Kennedy has gone from strength to strength with each release and this record is no different.
Revenge
TOKEN 19D
31 Oct 11
Techno
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Revenge - (5:29) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Revenge (Blawan remix) - (7:16) 131 BPM
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Scatter - (5:38) 136 BPM
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Review: Inigo Kennedy discards with the deepness shown on recent EPs for some thoroughly dirty techno on his latest EP for Token. Heavily road tested on his worldwide DJ travels, "Revenge" and "Scatter" operate on different levels, with the former building layers of dubby rhythms over the foundation worrying drums. It's peak time business which contrasts with "Revenge", a dystopian trawl through skittering percussion, IDM soundscapes and bass that sounds fit to burst. Remix duties are undertaken by perma busy Blawan, commissioned to tweak "Revenge" after Kennedy realized the two had a mutual appreciation. As with the recent productions from the SoYo hero, this is brutal techno dominated by those unique drum sounds.
Lullaby/Petrichor
TOKEN 41D
14 Apr 14
Techno
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Lullaby - (6:25) 125 BPM
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Petrichor - (6:20) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: Belgian techno titans Token Records initiate the tease campaign for Inigo Kennedy's upcoming album Vaudeville with this two-track sampler. Kennedy's decade-spanning career has seen him produce under a number of aliases and for some respected labels, but he's seemingly found a perfect home in Token, having inaugurated the label back in 2007. Those familiar with Kennedy's production style will no doubt be salivating at the prospect of his forthcoming fifth studio album after spending some quality time with the two tracks here. Both show Kennedy's deft balance of heaving club-focused rhythms and experimental blend of melody and texture, creating something that doesn't sound unlike a contemporary Berghain-inspired update of the early '90s material of Warp and R&S.
VHSK
TOKEN 36D
25 Nov 13
Techno
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Pithead - (6:01) 125 BPM
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VHSK I - (6:38) 128 BPM
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VHSK II - (6:53) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Servent
Review: Kennedy has beaten a singular path over the past few years, fusing the gentle, wide-eyed melodies of early 90s 'intelligent techno' with his own particularly brittle and complex rhythms. Confusingly, there is only a brief glimpse of this approach on his latest release. "VHSK 1" features the UK producer's trademark broken beats and those sweeping synths, filtered to infinity against a hail of dessicated percussion. Elsewhere, Kennedy shows a different side to his musical personality; "Pithead" is a relentless dance floor cut, its bass booming and skipping hats propelling it forward. There's a similar vibe on "VHSK 2", but on this occasion, dank acid provides the main focus for Kennedy's relentless rhythms.
Bite Back
TOKEN 5D
01 Feb 08
Techno
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Bite Back - (4:58) 140 BPM
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DLR - (6:25) 140 BPM
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Tessellate My Geometry - (5:19) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Rynka Pannan - (6:49) 140 BPM
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Played by: Grovskopa
Emitter
TOKEN 32D
08 Jul 13
Techno
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Emitter - (7:08) 128 BPM
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Collector - (7:54) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Review: As his recent Cathedral single showed, UK producer Inigo Kennedy is an expert in creating epic yet grainy techno grooves. While that release gave listeners the sense that they were reaching for unspecified heights, it also kept them tethered to the ground via concrete-strength beats. There's a similar aesthetic at play on "Collector". The rhythms are militaristic and dense, but again they support an eerie, building synth line that hangs like smog over the arrangement. The same approach applies on the title track; Kennedy's rhythms are slamming and filtered, but it's those synth lines, detuned and out there but also strangely catchy, that leave a lasting impression.
Onwards And Wrongwards
TOKEN 10D
01 Dec 08
Techno
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Signal II - (6:27) 140 BPM
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Bosh - (4:46) 140 BPM
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Filaments - (5:59) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Steve Pain
Vaudeville
TOKEN43D
02 Jun 14
Techno
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Narrative - (3:10) 132 BPM
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Birth - (4:50) 120 BPM
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Requiem - (6:00) 120 BPM
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Plaintive - (7:26) 128 BPM
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Lullaby - (6:25)
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Vallecula - (6:01) 120 BPM
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Winter - (6:11) 125 BPM
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Petrichor - (6:20) 127 BPM
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Aleph - (5:54) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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NGC5128 - (7:31)
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Review: This fourth album from British techno veteran Inigo Kennedy - his first since 2010's decidedly ambient September Pieces - has something of a "catch-all" feel. You see, Vaudeville refuses to stick to one sound, style or groove, instead referencing the many styles of techno and experimental electronic music that have inspired the popular producer over the course of his 18-year career. So, there are murky, IDM-inspired techno floor fillers (the melodious but faintly foreboding "Requiem"), early British psychedelic techno ("Plaintive"), dense, darkroom grooves ("Vallecula"), classic Yorkshire bleep and bass ("Petrichor"), Kompakt-ish organic techno ("Winter"), and spooky, droning ambience ("Narrative").
Spectre
TOKEN 24D
17 Sep 12
Techno
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Spectre - (6:56) 126 BPM
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Wonderhorse - (6:35) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Systemic
Review: Inigo Kennedy is one of Token's key artists and has played a central role in shaping the Belgian label's sound. On the evidence of this release however, both the prolific UK producer and Kr!z imprint appear to be turning a corner. The first signs are audible on "Wonderhorse". Following in the wake of the inspired, advanced rhythms of Go Hiyama's release for Token, it sounds relatively understated, its squelchy bassline and crackling percussion grooving in that off-beat, unpredictable manner that marks each release on the label. However, its segue later on in the track reveals Kennedy's intent, with ghostly, evocative melodies introduced. It sets the scene for "Spectre", which despite departing radically from the Token script, makes for one of the label's finest moments. On this occasion, the bass is warm and fuzzy, but it is still powerful and its weight provides the basis for a liquid, glassy rhythm, not dissimilar to the kind of arrangement that Alex Cortex might serve up. Like "Wonderhorse", it's all about the second half of the track, and Kennedy delivers a ghostly melody that has echoes of early Aphex Twin, especially "Xtal", as an eerie vocal lingers in the background. It's a far cry from Token's advanced club techno, but the lingering melodic spectre proves most satisfying.
Identify Yourself
TOKEN 1D
01 Jan 08
Techno
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Mister Codes - (4:37) 140 BPM
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The Map - (4:32) 142 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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The Territory - (6:26) 142 BPM
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Played by: Gus Brown
The Shard
TOKEN 14D
17 May 10
Techno
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The Shard - (5:23)
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The Shard (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (6:39) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Ø [Phase]
Review: Having played an integral part in the early UK techno scene, Inigo Kennedy returns to Belgium's Token imprint to deliver an old school sounding piece of experimental techno. Twisted melodies, wonky rhythms, subtle FX and a light industrial atmosphere give the track an early Warp feel but it maintains a modern day sentiment through some slick production. Marcel Dettmann gets hold of the remix, readying "The Shard" to take on a long, dark and smokey night at Berlin's Berghain.
Requiem Remixed
TOKEN 54D
06 Jul 15
Techno
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Requiem (Efdemin 'Journey To The Stars' mix) - (5:59) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Requiem (Regis 'Human Host' mix) - (5:58) 118 BPM
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Requiem (Kangding Ray 'Dies Irae' remix) - (5:40) 55 BPM
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Requiem (Dasha Rush 'Requiem For Humanity' remix) - (4:48) 120 BPM
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Review: One of the biggest releases to date on Token gets remixed by an all-star cast. However, in keeping with the Belgian label's approach, there is nothing predictable about this release. Kangding Ray's 'Dies Irae' version is slow and solemn, with heavy drums drawn out at 50bpm. Token has scored a major coup by securing a remix from Regis. The 'Human Host' version raises the tempo, but sees the Downwards boss remain in pensive mode, the layered chords giving way to menacing bass pulses. Dasha Rush's ''Requiem For Humanity" take isn't quite as bleak as its name suggests, although the dramatic piano swirls, crashing drums and muffled vocal samples conjure up a supernatural atmosphere. Finally, Efdemin pushes "Requiem" towards the dance floor with his bleep and clap-laden take.
Token Introspective (mixed by Kr!z) (unmixed tracks)
TOKENCD 1D
17 Jun 13
Techno
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Various - "Token Introspective" (continuous DJ mix by Kr!z) - (1:17:13) 131 BPM
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Xhin - "Elliptic" - (5:37)
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Phase - "Binary Opposition" (Ben Klock Process) - (7:32) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Phase - "Morodem" (HTS mix) - (5:46) 138 BPM
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Dimitri Andreas - "Tiger" (James Ruskin Blueprint mix) - (5:34) 134 BPM
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Makaton - "Endless Revolt" - (7:09) 134 BPM
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Rodhad - "Spomeniks" - (7:04) 128 BPM
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Phase - "Decode" - (6:02) 142 BPM
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Inigo Kennedy - "The Map" - (4:32) 142 BPM
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Phase - "The Chasedown" - (6:31) 131 BPM
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Ctrls - "Socket" - (6:44) 133 BPM
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Phase - "Binary Opposition" (Process 1) - (7:24) 133 BPM
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Go Hiyama - "Fallingwater" - (8:30)
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Inigo Kennedy - "Bite Back" - (4:58) 140 BPM
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Xhin - "Hunters" - (5:30) 128 BPM
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Inigo Kennedy - "The Shard" - (5:23)
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Arrestar - "Thoughts & Emotions" (Oscar Mulero remix) - (5:27) 135 BPM
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Phase - "Further Trials" - (5:24) 136 BPM
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Mark Broom - "Two" - (6:43) 132 BPM
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Inigo Kennedy - "Cathedral" - (7:29) 125 BPM
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Grovskopa - "Sex & Violins" (Surgeon remix) - (6:49) 136 BPM
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Inigo Kennedy - "Obsidian" - (6:31) 120 BPM
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Played by: Submerge, Inigo Kennedy
Review: Token has sensibly made all of the tracks from Kr!z debut commercial mix available in an unmixed format. The Belgian label has put out a wide range of music, and its owner represents its diversity well on this selection. With the inclusion of Xhin's twisted, abstract rhythms, the plaintive ambience of Inigo Kennedy's 'Obsidian' and Surgeon's electro take on Grovskopa's "Sex & Violins", the compilation shows the label's reflective side. However, Token is first and foremost a dance floor label and Introspective includes the insane drones of Ctrl's "Sockets", Rodhad's spooky "Spomeniks", the glacial trance of Inigo Kennedy's "Cathedral" and the deranged tonal assault that is Makaton's "Endless Revolt".
Ra Ra Replica
TOKEN 49D
08 Dec 14
Techno
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Lead You Astray - (6:00) 134 BPM
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Night #1 - (6:28) 134 BPM
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Spit To Lubricate - (7:39) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Dstabilise - (6:19) 128 BPM
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Played by: Maelstrom
Review: UK techno producer Makaton doesn't pull any punches and this release for Belgian label Token has no shortage of hard and heavy tracks. "Lead You Astray" sets the tone with twisted broken beats, lurching basslines and jarring, discordant riffs. It exudes a queasiness that is nonetheless strangely alluring. "Night #1" is straighter rhythmically, but sees Makaton spit out furious percussive bursts over a high-octane, fuzzy rhythm, while "Dstabilise" is an acid-fried broken beat affair. The only variable here is "Spit To Lubricate"; starting with dense, heavy beats, it eases into an evocative chord sequence that sounds like it was inspired by the ghosts of long lost hardcore tunes.
Leave Them All Behind
TOKEN 13D
16 Nov 09
Techno
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Paradise Lost - (4:17) 159 BPM
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Endless Revolt - (7:09) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Guided By Voices - (6:17) 134 BPM
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Safety Word - (5:52) 134 BPM
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Take Seven EP
TOKEN 9D
20 Oct 08
Techno
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Take Seven - (5:32) 135 BPM
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The House Of Clouds - (5:22) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Seven Kinds Of Sin - (5:31) 136 BPM
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cuckooland - (2:21)
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Played by: Matt K
Alone In Time?
TOKEN 57D
30 Oct 15
Techno
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Spacialize - (6:14) 126 BPM
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Orbitron - (7:45) 125 BPM
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Increment - (6:50) 134 BPM
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Blind Eye - (6:37) 130 BPM
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Nep-tune - (6:40) 130 BPM
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Alone In Time? - (6:05) 126 BPM
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The Maze - (9:47) 127 BPM
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Remote - (6:30) 85 BPM
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Mo del - (4:33) 131 BPM
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R-Mash - (8:11) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Astryx - (5:54) 129 BPM
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Review: It only took Phase two years to follow up his debut album, Frames of Reference, but this second long player shows no signs that he rushed out a follow up. Ashley Burchett, the UK producer behind the project, draws on some classic techno tropes; the visceral, linear rhythm of "Blind Eye" has echoes of vintage Robert Hood, while the layered, hypnotic, layered grooves of "The Maze" sound like they came from Jeff Mills space station. However, there are many other moments where Alone is unmistakably the work of Phase. This is most audible on the hard-edged but futuristic "Increment", the insistent shuffle of "Spacialize" (sic) and best of all, "Remote", a bruising broken beat affair underpinned by a cavernous bass.
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