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ASC - "Slow Burn" - (6:28) 126 BPM
   
ASC - "Transit" - (7:00) 128 BPM
   
LB Dub Corp - "Lurchers Dub" - (7:29) 128 BPM
   
LB Dub Corp - "Native Dub" - (5:45) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Now this is a bit special. Luke Slater's Mote Evolver launches the Parallel series, the concept being that two contrasting but complementing artists drop a brace of tracks each on the one release.First up, US based Englishman ASC (real name James Clements), known primarily for his forward thinking D&B excursions, turns in two whopping techno cuts. The relentless guttural throb of "Slow Burn" is offset by some slapping synths and barely there vocal snippets, kind of what we'd expect a studio jam between Levon Vincent and Boddika to sound like. This is complemented by the more liquid tones of "Transit", a reverb-laden throbber with menacing sonar bleeps piercing the swampy atmospherics. Up next, Slater adopts his seldom seen L.B.Dub Corp guise for "Lurcher's Dub" and "Native Dub", with the cavernous sub-bass and twinkling keys of the former demanding play on an implausibly large soundsytem.
MOTE 026D
10 Oct 11
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Howl - (7:00) 127 BPM
   
Wesp - (6:16) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sleep When You're Dead - (6:10) 126 BPM
   
Euphemism - (7:07) 127 BPM
Review: Luke Slater's label proves yet again that it's an indispensable filter for those seeking out hard-edged techno. "Howl" by Bas Mooy sets the pace, with a dense groove and pounding beats underpinned by a growling, predatory bass and rivulets of stainless steel percussion. Mooy's "Wesp" is derived from similar sources, but on this occasion the malevolent drums and shrieking riffs are paired up with a raw, growling bassline. Chris Finke's "Sleep When You're Dead" explores a new dimension, with a menacing bassline derived from the extreme end of ebm and industrial. But soon afterwards, Finke reverts to a purer sound and the clanking metallic rhythms of "Euphemism" complete the release.
MOTE 029D
11 Jun 12
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Felt (part 1) - (9:31) 128 BPM
   
Inner City - (7:52) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Felt (part 2) - (8:16) 128 BPM
MOTE 014D
25 Jan 10
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Carnage - (8:28) 132 BPM
   
Carnage (The Advent & Industrialyzer remix) - (5:18) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MOTE 012
20 Oct 09
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Randmom Attractions - (6:03) 129 BPM
   
Drive Themes - (6:21) 130 BPM
   
Is It Skinny - (6:15) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Fourty Four - (5:22) 132 BPM
Review: US producer Developer aka Adrian Sandoval has released a staggering 20 EPs in the past three years, but as Parallel Series 4 shows, there has been no fall-off in quality. Indeed, "Random Attractions" is the perfect example of what he does best; over a pulsing, heavy groove, metallic snares rattle in, ominous chords bubble to the surface and a screeching, abstract noise filters in and out. "Drive Themes" is just as effective; here, an evil chord sequence builds and drops over a hard-hitting percussive backing. "Forty Four" sees Sandoval deliver more bass-heavy pressure and jacking, metallic percussion, but there is another side to Developer, as the minimal house groove and breathy vocals of "Is it Skinny" demonstrate.
MOTE 036D
15 Jul 13
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Thwack - (6:18) Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sculptures - (6:24) 129 BPM
Review: Luke Slater brings Berghain resident and Ostgut Ton label mate Marcel Fengler to his own Mote Evolver imprint to administer some of the heavy, driving techno that has brought the German techno success. "Thwack" sees a myriad of raw beats and mechanical sounds exploring Fengler's often abrasive style. Ploughing unstoppably forward, this is techno at its most purposeful. "Sculptures" is intensely hypnotic, twisting a wonky yet funky groove from heavy industrial atmospherics. Mote Evolver is on a roll at the moment - long may it continue.
MOTE 017D
24 May 10
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Thwack (Norman Nodge remix) - (6:32) 128 BPM
   
Thwack (Planetary Assault Systems remix) - (6:14) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Thwack (Mike Parker remix) - (8:02)
MOTE 025D
01 Aug 11
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The Bailiff - (5:21) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Death To The Valley - (4:48) 129 BPM
   
Network Rail - (5:10) 126 BPM
   
Radio - (5:00) 129 BPM
Review: Luke Slater's label celebrates the big four-o with this unconventional release courtesy of Chris Jarman. "The Bailiff" is the most functional track on offer, a peak-time affair full of stomping beats, trippy sound effects and snare rolls crashing in for maximum impact. "Death to the Valley" is also geared for the dance floor, but here the bass bursts into big puddles of fuzzy viscosity. It's the sonic equivalent of a blister being lanced as a jackhammer bashes away in the background. "Network Rail" sees Jarman opt for a different approach as hammering, stepping drums replicate the sound of chattering train, while "Radio" rounds out this unusual release with a stepping rhythm shot through with searing, noisy riffs.
MOTE 040D
27 Oct 14
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High Rise - (6:02) 130 BPM
   
Low Flying Aircraft - (5:34) 127 BPM
   
Concrete Island - (6:06) 130 BPM
   
Day Of Creation - (5:35) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
MOTE 045D
04 Dec 15
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Dark Matter - (5:55) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Wormhole - (6:21) 130 BPM
   
Structure Formation - (5:53) 132 BPM
Review: Luke Slater's impressive Mote ? Evolver label continues it rich vein of form with veteran Finnish producer Samuli Kemppi?s "Dark Matter EP." An intensely hypnotic EP, he uses a driving beat and echoed FX to create a futuristic landscape for this pulsating, minimal-edged techno beast. The talented producer continues to push things in the right direction with this one.
MOTE 015D
25 Feb 10
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Quantum Mechanics (Quantum Physics) - (6:10) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Complex Numbers - (6:06) 129 BPM
   
Quantum Mechanics (PAS Quantum dub edit) - (5:53) 127 BPM
   
Linear Function - (6:02) 130 BPM
Played by: Mattias Fridell
MOTE 020D
29 Nov 10
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Reel One - (6:38) 124 BPM
   
Night Time Hawk - (5:12) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Edge 7 (feat Aurelie Yung) - (5:46) 120 BPM
   
IELBEE - (6:58) 124 BPM
   
Float When You Can - (7:07) 126 BPM
   
Bass Machine - (6:20) 120 BPM
   
Forever In A Day - (5:24) 127 BPM
   
LBEES Jam - (6:27) 112 BPM
   
See The Light - (8:41) 125 BPM
   
We Are Going Home (extended version) - (10:12) 127 BPM
   
Calling The Spirit - (5:39) 126 BPM
Review: When he's not re-wiring the techno blueprint under his own name or as Planetary Assault Systems, Luke Slater indulges in a house-based side project, LB Dub Corp. Side Effects is his first output under this alias since the 2013 debut LB Dub Corp album. "Reel One" sees him draw on Chicago house to create a deep, churning bass-led groove, while on "Night Time Hawk", he delivers a slower, dubbed out take on the Planetary Assault Systems sound. While Side Effects showcases Slater's less full-on style, there is a steely intensity present even on vocal sampling tracks like "Edge 7", and more laid back arrangements like "Float When You Can" still resound to a deep-seated trippiness.
MOTELP 04D
18 May 18
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Third Eye Vision - (8:23) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ana Kata - (8:14) 127 BPM
   
Octave Mundi - (7:43) 126 BPM
MOTE 023D
16 May 11
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Spindizzy - (8:32) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spindizzy (Luke Slater's LB Dub Corp remix) - (7:01) 128 BPM
MOTE 013D
09 Dec 09
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Beautiful People - (8:22) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Falling Empire - (9:36) 130 BPM
   
Happiness Is A Prison - (6:34) 130 BPM
MOTE 019D
25 Oct 10
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Dormancy Survivors - (13:02) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Victors History - (10:27) 164 BPM
Played by: Exium, Submerge
Review: The latest Mote Evolver release sees a collaboration so obviously perfect its amazing its taken this long, as Stroboscopic Artefacts boss Lucy and Sandwell District alumnus Silent Servant team up for two tracks of precision techno which supposedly sees the pair using digital and analogue elements together to combine Lucy's ability to tell a story with Silent Servant's mastery of noise and distortion. "Dormancy Survivors" sees a steadily rolling rhythm slowly layered up with bright dub chords and echoing chimes, while white hot noise swells in the background. "Victors History" takes a much moodier approach from the off, as a dubby bass deflects bouncing stabs while clockwork percussion drifts in and out of range, before progressing into full blown cinematic techno towards the finish.
MOTE 034D
18 Mar 13
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Love (Burial remix) - (7:24) 124 BPM
   
Love (Lucy remix) - (6:43) 135 BPM
   
Love (The 7th Plain Collage remix) - (16:36) 124 BPM
   
Love (Planetary Assault Systems Low Blow remix) - (10:39) 126 BPM
   
Love (Marcel Dettmann City remix) - (8:03) 125 BPM
   
Love (Silent Servant remix) - (4:14) 131 BPM
   
Love (Marcel Dettmann's Black Gloves remix) - (6:17) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love (Scuba's Bagleys remix) - (7:36) 128 BPM
MOTELP 05D
31 May 19
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Seduced - (7:46) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Apsurt - (2:58) 127 BPM
   
Survive - (5:56) 130 BPM
   
Lost - (6:07) 132 BPM
Played by: Pan-Pot
MOTE 052D
16 Mar 18
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Spitting Electricity - (6:24) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Polar Vortex - (5:06) 128 BPM
   
Ice Fissure - (7:31) 127 BPM
Review: If there's someone you can count on for excellence in minimalism when it comes to techno, it's Mike Parker. This time it's Mote-Evolver he's doing the business for, turning out three po-faced slices of tough and stealthy tackle for the dance. "Spitting Electricity" uses neat and tidy polyrhythms to create a slip-sliding effect as the titular electricity undulates through a filter. "Polar Vortex" is more obtuse with its bubbling synth tone that comes straight out of the textbook of freaky sound effects in techno tracks. "Ice Fissure" too turns to canny sound design to make its point, not to mention audibly crafting the crack of the title over a slow marching kick.
MOTE 039D
28 Apr 14
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No Exit - (6:44) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Undertow - (6:57) 129 BPM
   
Nanendi - (5:12) 129 BPM
Review: After the recent announcement of a forthcoming L.B Dub Corp album, Luke Slater's other alias, Planetary Assault Systems, provides its first transmission of 2013. Fans of "Bell Blocker" from PAS' stellar The Messenger album from 2011 will instantly warm to the cold chimes of "No Exit", while pink noise cushions the brooding, pitch-dark groove of "Undertow". Slater then introduces agitated mind games on the EPs inner B-side with "Nanendi", which sounds like a school of crickets trapped in a haunted cathedral of distant Gregorian chant.
MOTE 037D
30 Sep 13
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Voltan - (4:33) 129 BPM
   
Pygar - (4:53) 129 BPM
   
Turn - (6:36) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Flat Tire - (4:26) 129 BPM
Review: If you were to find yourself late one Sunday afternoon jostling for position in a reconditioned power station, surrounded by ubermensch males, it's likely you're in Deep Heet. Techno music doesn't get much more self explanatory than this. "Voltan" is the most club-indulgent of the four track EP. A wall of undulating PAS noise shifts in and around a thrumming bassline. and the only audible deviation of instrumentation comes via pattering snares. Pent tensions encircle "Pygar" which gradually cools, as Slater reduces the track back to its original framework. "Turn" sheds the low end and fizzle of the aforementioned tracks, focusing on hypnotic and bleeping loops and disturbing Hitchcock-like insignia, while Slater reintroduces his fearsome hiss on "Flat Tire" with gargantuan war horns.
MOTE 032D
19 Nov 12
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Future Modular - (6:20) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Riot In Silo 12 - (5:57) 128 BPM
   
Serc - (6:46) 126 BPM
   
Future Modular (Subtracted mix) - (6:00) 128 BPM
Review: While Luke Slater is busy as always, his Planetary Assault Systems output has slowed since the release of the all conquering Messenger LP for Ostgut Ton in 2011. For Future Modular, Slater is less visceral and more arpeggiated than previous releases, harking back to a '90s-early-2000s PAS-sound, specifically the title-track. On the B-sides there's the deep, trippy and linear "Serc", but before that there's a sinister "Riot In Silo" that's showered in 909-hi-hats to get through first.
MOTE 038D
03 Mar 14
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Sucktion - (7:32) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Powwow - (7:25) 130 BPM
   
Raid - (5:06) 129 BPM
MOTE 022D
28 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
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GT (James Ruskin's VW remix) - (8:54) 128 BPM
   
GT (Function & Jerome Sydenham remix) - (7:27) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
GT (PAS Drone Sector remix) - (5:29) 128 BPM
   
GT (PAS rhythm & beats 1) - (7:08) 128 BPM
   
GT (PAS rhythm & beats 2) - (6:34) 129 BPM
MOTE 018D
20 Sep 10
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The Eyes Themselves - (5:51) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Strange Attractor - (6:32) 128 BPM
   
Arc - (7:42) 129 BPM
   
Arc (the bass cut) - (8:15) 129 BPM
MOTE 041D
09 Mar 15
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Function 4 (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (6:25) 130 BPM
   
Function 4 (Chris Liebing remix) - (7:41) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Function 4 - (6:56) 136 BPM
MOTE 027D
12 Dec 11
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Function 4 (Lucy remix 1) - (6:29) 126 BPM
   
Function 4 (Marcel Dettmann Base dub remix) - (6:07) 128 BPM
   
Function 4 (Shifted remix) - (5:14) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Function 4 (Lucy remix 2) - (6:45) 127 BPM
MOTE 030D
23 Jul 12
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Twelve (Marcel Fengler Rework) - (5:51) 129 BPM
   
Diesel Drudge (Function Rework) - (8:47) 130 BPM
   
Surface Noise (P.A.S. live edit) - (10:36) 129 BPM
   
Twelve (Psyk Rework) - (4:54) 88 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Booster (Octave One Rework) - (7:15) 129 BPM
   
Function 6 (Kamikaze Space Programme Rework) - (6:15) 128 BPM
   
Surface Noise (Lucy Rework) - (12:51) 127 BPM
   
Temporary Suspension (Slam Rework) - (7:52) 127 BPM
   
Tap Dance (P.A.S. live edit) - (7:32) 130 BPM
   
Raid (Steve Bicknell Rework) - (8:05) 129 BPM
   
Whistle Viper (P.A.S. live edit) - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Function 4 (James Ruskin Rework) - (7:27) 131 BPM
   
Temporary Suspension (Slam Rework 2) - (7:46) 128 BPM
   
The Light Years Megamix - (1:04:34) 131 BPM
Review: British techno stalwart Luke Slater is now two decades into his ongoing Planetary Assault Systems adventures. To celebrate, he's handed over tracks recorded over the last 20 years to a hand picked group of remixers. It's a faultlessly floor-focused affair, with Lucy, Steve Bicknell, Function and Slam - whose acid-fired re-make of "Temporary Suspension" is an album highlight - all delivering typically no-nonsense interpretations of Slater's tracks. The producer himself delivers a handful of 'live edits' - versions created for his live shows - while Detroit legends Octave One smother "Booster" in classic Motor City melodies and the most positive of synthesizer refrains.
MOTELP 03D
24 Mar 17
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Desert Races - (7:37) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Life Rhythm - (4:29) 130 BPM
   
Random Kingdom - (6:02) 130 BPM
   
Lazer Organical - (6:09) 129 BPM
Review: UK don Luke Slater returns with the fourth instalment of Deep Heet. The last edition released in 2012 on his esteemed Mote Evolver imprint is recognised by those that know as some of the most reliable techno tools in recent years: who can forget the sinister hypnotism of "Flat Tire": what a classic! You can bet there's yet more austere and ergonomic tracks for serious DJ use on offer here. Starting off with the driving and cyclical grunt of "Desert Races", then the tunnelling and trance inducing bell melody of "Life Rhythm". Then the full throttle intergalactic charge of Random Kingdom and the dystopian minimalism of "Lazer Organical" which would make even Mike Parker stand up and notice! Slater is still without doubt one of the most singular talents in techno, respect!
MOTE 050D
27 Oct 17
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Beam Riders - (6:47) 132 BPM
   
Born Anchors - (6:08) 133 BPM
   
Humans Use Concrete - (5:27) 133 BPM
   
Engage Now - (7:12) 133 BPM
   
Bear Bones - (5:16) 133 BPM
   
Give It Up - (5:19) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Screen (2018 re-edit) - (8:12) 134 BPM
Review: Following on from the re-release of his debut album, The Electric Funk Machine as Planetary Assault Systems, Luke Slater releases the first new material under the project's name since 2017. As always, Straight Shooting is a mesmerising affair: "Beam Riders" kicks off the release with a pulsating, driving groove, while on "Born Anchors", the storied UK artist delivers a pile-driving rhythm that resounds to ticking, clicking percussion. "Humans Use Concrete" sees Slater revert to the 90s sound of Planetary Assault Systems, featuring a dense, looped arrangement, while "Engage Now" is a gargantuan roller that plays out against a backdrop of layered noise and insane frequency shifts.
MOTE 055D
15 Mar 19
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Automatic - (6:27) 129 BPM
   
Myriad - (4:54) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Riot - (5:17) 132 BPM
   
Avadon - (6:12) 130 BPM
   
Five - (4:52) 126 BPM
   
Silhouette - (4:52) 130 BPM
   
Shift - (4:57) 132 BPM
   
Parade - (5:37) 132 BPM
   
Nine - (5:43) 132 BPM
   
L3 - (5:00) 130 BPM
Review: Spanish producer Psyk first made a splash on Mote-Evolver with the Distane EP, with the Shed-like title track proving to be a big hit, while the Arcade follow up was equally impressive, and indeed popular. So it makes sense then that Psyk's debut album lands on Luke Slater's seminal techno label. If you combine all of your favourite elements from producers like Robert Hood, Shed, Jeff Mills, and of course Luke Slater - think intricate and bubbling micro-synths, phat house chords, linear bleep sequences, and a course a lot of 909 action - you've got a bonafide techno album that is Pysk's Time Foundation.
MOTECD 02D
19 May 14
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Arcade - (5:47) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Surface - (5:27) 130 BPM
   
Intern - (5:14) 133 BPM
   
Somewhere - (5:14) 129 BPM
Review: Following Psyk's excellent label debut for Mote Evolver in the shape of Distane, the producer returns for another EP of robust, yet minimalistic techno. The title track is as tripped back as they come, utilising simply a stomping kick drum and metallic bell tones to create a devastating techno tool; "Surface" is similarly sparse, but trades earth shaking qualities for an idiosyncratic combination of irregular claps which are thrown into the mix alongside slender synth stabs. "Intern" meanwhile takes things on a funkier tip, where distant snare rolls and marimba-like tones combine to create a deceptively simple techno tool; it's a stark contrast to "Somewhere" which is significantly brighter in its approach, accenting Psyk's fierce rhythms and dub chords with a colourful cluster of house-inspired stabs.
MOTE 035D
20 May 13
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Distane - (6:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Isolate - (6:00)
   
RDMN - (5:48) 128 BPM
   
Main - (5:25) 129 BPM
Review: The legendary Mote Evolver is back with another ferocious slab of UK techno. Label favourite Psyk gives us a blow to the head as soon as the needle touches down on title track, "Distane". Repetitive keys swing back and forth with mighty force; followed by "Isolate", another triumphant techno bomb filled with muffled static and a feverishly hissed percussion. For the (digital) B Side, Psyk takes us further down the bouncing rabbit hole on "Rdmn", and completes his rave injection with "Main", an almighty, stripped number worthy only of a gigantic dark room filled with bass bins.
MOTE 031D
24 Sep 12
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Human - (5:42) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Powder - (5:18) 131 BPM
   
Aumento - (5:39) 132 BPM
   
Human (Second mix) - (5:28) 132 BPM
Review: This is Psyk's third release on Luke Slater's label and sees the Spanish producer pursue a softer approach than before. Both the title track and its '2nd mix' are built on subtle electronic pulses and gradually building chords that have more in common with Lil' Louis than Jeff Mills. Despite this, Pysk's love of repetitive arrangements is still audible and both versions are linear and unchanging. In contrast, "Powder" has a tougher electronic sound and is led by insistent tonal bleeps. "Aumento" is set to a similar tempo, but it isn't as abrasive thanks to its sleek pulses and rasping percussion.
MOTE 043D
06 Jul 15
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Disorder - (5:43) 130 BPM
   
Silent Witness - (5:16) 130 BPM
   
Apart - (5:22) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Surrender - (4:40) 129 BPM
Played by: Yotam Avni
Review: Psyk aka Manuel Anos has been a regular feature on Mote-Evolver over the past five years. Listening to Silent Witness, it's not hard to hear why Luke Slater rates him so highly. While the Spanish producer's music is full of character and intensity, it doesn't stray into senselessly banging territory. "Disorder" is a rolling, tribal affair, but it is delivered with great finesse and restraint, with hollowed out drums supporting a droning, frazzled bass. There is a similar aesthetic at play on the title track, where bleak acid signatures are combined with a stepping, understated rhythm. While Psyk ups the ante on the rolling snares and warbling tonal frequencies of "Apart", it is only a temporary divergence and soon enough he is back to the heads-down approach with the frazzled "Surrender".

MOTE 051D
08 Dec 17
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Wolf - (5:58) 134 BPM
   
Broken Motor - (5:47) 132 BPM
   
Loud Colours - (5:50) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spirit Molecule - (6:00) 131 BPM
   
Sapo Scream - (5:02) 134 BPM
Played by: Spettro
Review: Despite being a new artist, Rene Wise captures the spirit of Mote Evolver perfectly. On "Wolf", he drops tough tribal drums and a visceral riff that climaxes and dips in intensity. "Broken Motor" is cut from similar cloth, as a rough, pulsating groove underpins noisy electronic riffs. "Loud Colours" sounds inspired by the 90s works of minimal house and techno artists like Baby Ford, with wired bleeps and doubled up claps sitting over a throbbing, heads down track. Rounding off this impressive debut is "Sprit Molecule", where Wise drops a tracky groove that supports warbling, indistinct vocals and hazy textures.
MOTE 054D
26 Oct 18
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Rene Wise - "Windrunner" - (6:56) 130 BPM
   
Rene Wise - "Sling Jockey" - (6:32) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Billy Turner - "Charged Totem" - (5:10) 130 BPM
   
Billy Turner - "Magma" - (5:58) 128 BPM
Played by: Spettro
MOTE 056D
19 Apr 19
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Mesh - (7:10) 126 BPM
   
Bugeye - (5:42) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Chains - (10:32) 124 BPM
Review: Here's a match made in techno heaven - Mote Evolver boss and veteran producer Luke Slater has teamed up with O [Phase], who is best known for his releases on Token. Between them, they have come up with a killer EP. The title track fuses Phase's abstract sound design with Slater's intuitive understanding of what works on the dance floor, as waves of abstract sound unravel over a firing, futuristic rhythm. On balance, "Bugeye" is more about Slater's signatures, with a pulsating electronic riff and repetitive bleeps combined with stripped back but tough drums. Closing the release is "The Chains"; a ten-minute epic, with a ponderous vocal set to a lean, acid-soaked arrangement.
MOTE 049D
16 Jun 17
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Coda - (5:56) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Facing The Truth - (7:15) 126 BPM
   
Enigma - (5:53) 126 BPM
   
A Figment Of His Imagination - (6:18) 126 BPM
MOTE 044D
18 Sep 15
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Sev Dah - "Svarog" - (5:43) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sev Dah - "Morana" - (6:08) 131 BPM
   
Jeff Rushin - "Solex" - (4:52) 126 BPM
   
Jeff Rushin - "Obsolete" - (5:34) 128 BPM
Played by: Brumaag
Review: Launched back in 2011, Mote Evolver's Parallel Series has been home to familiar names, including Luke Slater - under his LB Dub Corp guise - ASC and Shifted as well as newer talent like Bas Mooy and Chris Finke. For this fifth instalment, the label has decided to focus on emerging artists. Sev Dah's "Svarog" is a rave-influenced, peak time affair led by firing percussion and insistent bleeps, while on "Morana", the beats are dustier and the rhythm looser and more free-flowing. On the flip, Dutch producer Jeff Rushin opts for a tough approach; "Solex" centres on hard kicks and a distorted, grinding rhythm, while "Obsolete" closes out the release with a droning riff and heads-down drum patterns.
MOTE 048D
11 Nov 16
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Razors - (6:09) 130 BPM
   
Over - (5:33) 128 BPM
   
Bloodless - (5:14) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Trouble - (6:18) 127 BPM
MOTE 033D
24 Dec 12
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Drained - (5:33) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Polaron - (6:15) 129 BPM
   
Bound - (8:22) 130 BPM
   
Junk - (8:14) 130 BPM
MOTE 021D
31 Jan 11
Techno
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Control - (7:06) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Structure - (5:50) 130 BPM
   
Drifting Over - (6:57) 130 BPM
   
Resurface - (5:35) 130 BPM
MOTE 024D
27 Jun 11
Techno
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Yearning - (6:45) 140 BPM
   
Out Of Tune - (5:35) 128 BPM
   
Bleeding Through - (7:43) 128 BPM
   
Coax - (6:36) 129 BPM
   
Leather - (6:51) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Colour Of The Fall - (4:22)
   
Suffocate - (5:27) 129 BPM
   
Relict - (7:19) 127 BPM
   
Lexis - (6:28) 130 BPM
   
More Static - (8:00) 127 BPM
   
Disconnected - (2:53) 123 BPM
Review: Shifted's identity remains a mystery, but crucially, he does not come from the small coterie that has dominated UK techno over the past twenty years. Like the signature image he uses, a grey, shadowy creature creeping through a snowy forest, his infiltration of the sound has been stealthy and understated. In many ways, his lack of connection with techno, his automatic outsider status, has allowed him to effect an entrance into a hitherto new terrain. Like his releases on Mote Evolver and his own Avian imprint, Crossed Paths tingles and fizzes with an atmospheric sensibility that monochrome techno often lacks. All of this is made possible by his distinctive sound design; intricate and subtle, yet at the same time both functional and multi-faceted, where all of these divergent paths cross, you'll find Shifted.
MOTECD 01D
16 Apr 12
Techno
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Shifted - "Gates" - (7:45) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Shifted - "Spire" - (5:44) 130 BPM
   
Samuli Kemppi - "Trans Neptunian" - (6:01) 129 BPM
   
Samuli Kemppi - "Detached Object" - (5:58) 129 BPM
Review: Having become something of a regular fixture in the Mote Evolver camp, Shifted is back once again to head up Side A of the second Parallel Series 12". As you might expect, the techno comes bleak and throbbing from the Shifty one, although avoiding excessive heaviness over immersive progression and dubby FX. On the flip Samuli Kemppi plies his quirkier trade, using offbeat synth mess to counteract the steady rhythm of the bottom end on "Trans Neptunian". "Detached Object" meanwhile fires off streams of interlocking sounds which spiral around the relentless kick for a classy exercise in techno restraint. Highly recommended.
MOTE 028D
05 Mar 12
Techno
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Stroke 1 - (5:22) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Stroke 2 - (6:05) 128 BPM
   
Stroke 3 - (4:47) 128 BPM
   
Stroke 4 - (6:17) 128 BPM
Review: The title of this release could sum up Steve Rachmad's diverse career. From the deep techno of the early Sterac releases through the widescreen electro of Sterac Electronics and the tougher projects like Scorp, he has brought his expertise and finesse to a range of styles. For this outing on Luke Slater's label, the Dutch artist remains in harder territory. "Stroke 1" sees clipped drums underpin a dark, EBM bass, while "Stroke 2" explores this sound in more depth, as a grinding low end is fused with hissing percussive ticks. "Stroke 3" and "Stroke 4" return to more typical Sterac territory, with swaggering rhythms unfolding to the sound of bubbly bass tones and dubbed out drums.
MOTE 042D
25 May 15
Techno
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Black Mamba - (6:40) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
J-XX - (6:27) 130 BPM
Review: Submerge lands a new two track EP on Luke Slater's Mote-Evolver imprint. The "Black Mamba" EP introduces two of the dark and tweaky tracks that have brought the Chi town native to the attention of today's techno scene.

Mote-Evolver has been on a fine run of form of late. Recent releases from the likes of Cari Lekebusch, Ortin Cam and Samuli Kemppi's excellent "Dark Matter" EP are still fresh in the memory and have subsequently raised the expectation levels for every release that follows on the label. Those levels increase even more when the producer is one of the most exciting to come out of the USA in recent years. Having built a reputation as an eclectic and innovative producer, and fresh from the success of his "2012" EP on his own Impact Mechanics label, Submerge now pushes his fresh techno sound further with "Black Mamba."

The title track is an adrenalin fuelled, full throttled techno jauggernaught that gets the release underway with a bang. Bristling with energy and intensity, the track builds amid pounding beats, pulsing acid stabs and manic phaser FX from outer space. It is heads down stuff for peak time sets, sure to blow the heads off anyone who hears it. B Side, "J-XX" is not as emphatic but every bit as powerful. Crunching beats and swashing FX create a rawness that compliments the groove to perfection. Constantly building, the track grows and grows with each bar, mutating itself into an angry and fierceful climax.

Another stand out release from Mote-Evolver, "Black Mama" proves that the label can keep the quality of their output consistently high, rather than just staying noticed through an occasional track that grabs attention. The EP also shows that its creator, Submerge, is more than capable of keeping his quality at the same level too.
MOTE 016D
05 Apr 10
Techno
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