Review: This is the first ambient release from James Clements aka ASC on Auxiliary since 2011's collaborative album with Sam KDC entitled Decayed Society. As with the majority of Clements' recent work, this release continues the theme of his fascination with space. The term title refers to dwarf planets and asteroids that lay beyond Neptune and are usually found in the Kuiper Belt. With that being said, you can guess that this album is seriously deep space ambient. A total of eight tracks spanning 73, which will take you to the deepest regions of our solar system. One of the most instrumental figures behind the seminal Autonomic sound in the late noughties continues to impress us with his studio wizardry.
Review: Modern auteur James Clements is back with more fascinating explorations of the grey zone. Starting out with the psychotic acid experiment of "Ignite" it is then business as usual on the title track, with its dark atmospheres and industrial textures contrasted by a belting gabber style beat; it's pretty brilliant. On the flip "Reveal" is another furious 170 BPM experiment, innovative as much as it is utterly confronting, while final track "Vanium" switches to cruise control on this mysteriously bleepy sci-fi epic somewhere between Sahko and the Autonomic sound. Sounds good enough right?
Review: There's no denying ASC's work ethic; the Brit-in-San Diego has released a steady stream of albums and singles since 1999, and still finds time to run the lauded Auxillary imprint. Here he returns to Samurai Red Seal, with his first full-length for the imprint since 2012. As usual, he's working at drum and bass's experimental fringes, delivering blends of fuzzy electronics, creepy textures and subtle, pared-back jungle rhythms that arguably have more in common with vintage IDM (the much-forgotten Neotropic project on Ninja Tune's NTone offshoot, for starters) than blistering dancefloor jungle. Few do this kind of murky D&B futurism better, though, and Imagine The Future is a mighty impressive set.