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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.
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.
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!
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
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Charge (Rrose remix) - (6:06) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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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.
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.
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.
Routing
TOKEN 72D
14 Apr 17
Techno
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The Shortest Path - (5:51) 133 BPM
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Rush Hour - (5:38) 132 BPM
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Crash - (6:05) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Highway - (5:41) 133 BPM
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Locked Groove 1 - (0:51) 133 BPM
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Locked Groove 2 - (0:58) 133 BPM
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Played by: Steve Pain
Review: Since debuting on Token five years ago, CTRLS has established himself as a distinctive voice in techno. Formerly a drum'n'bass artist, his ninth release for Kr!z' label refines the complex, rhythmic techno sound he has made his own. "The Shortest Path" kick starts the EP with a clanging, metallic groove, populated by shards of spiky percussion and set at a furious pace. "Rush Hour" is in a similar vein, but its beats are harder and grittier. As the release progresses, the Danish producer reveals a different side; "Crash" has an eerie, mysterious edge but is based on panel beating kicks, while "Highway" sees him explore a more conventional minimal sound. Add in two locked grooves and you've got another high-impact, CTRLS release.
Propaganda Moscow: Act IV
PROPAGANDAM 004
12 Mar 18
Techno
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Jeff Rushin - "Pantzer" - (5:37) 127 BPM
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Pacou - "Inbox" - (5:24) 132 BPM
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Alexander Babaev - "Octahedron" - (6:57) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Ctrls - "The Storm" - (6:11) 131 BPM
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