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The Dissent EP
The Dissent - (5:32) 140 BPM
The Sonic Assassin - (5:54) 136 BPM
The Drama - (5:00) 136 BPM Hot
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27 Oct 23
Push EP
Outer Bass - (5:15) 137 BPM Hot
Push - (5:29) 140 BPM
Blow - (6:02) 139 BPM
Desire - (5:58) 140 BPM
Review: Croatian DJ and producer Insolate has released a new EP on Luke Slater's legendary Mote-Evolver imprint. Insolate is a well-respected DJ and producer who has released music on a number of respected labels, including DJ Deep's Deeply Rooted, Developer's Modularz, and Ben Sim's Symbolism. She also operates the Out Of Place imprint with Volster. The four-track EP, titled "Push," is a collection of pure techno tracks that are ready for the dance floor. The EP opens with the fierce workout track "Outer Bass," which showcases a sinister driving energy. The raw frenetic groover "Push" follows, and a more trippy, no-compromise cut "Blow." The EP closes with the classy atmospheric track "Desire," which features an effortless soulful touch and elegant, melodic synth pads.
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09 Jun 23
Bash Box EP
Bash Box - (4:55) 156 BPM Hot
Don't Let Go - (5:20) 143 BPM
Koox - (6:33) 147 BPM
Sanity Regard - (5:26) 144 BPM
Review: Roog Unit is a collaboration between Mote Evolver boss Luke Slater and Ashley Burchett, who is best known for his work on Token as ?[Phase]. On the title track, it sounds like the pair have reverted to Slater's early 90s hard techno sound. Powered by titanium kicks and firing snare rolls, wave upon wave of filtered builds lead it to a dramatic crescendo. In contrast, "Sanity Regard" deploys a more stripped back approach, with the focus on a linear groove and the gradual introduction of cacophonous percussion. "Don't Let Go" is based on a similar, albeit tougher, approach. This time, Slater and Burchett add looped vocal samples to the mix, while "Koox" centres on a pounding rhythm and chiming bells that haunt the arrangement.
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14 Apr 23
Speedy & Steve
Reddo - (6:41) 137 BPM
Dabler Nine - (5:45) 136 BPM Hot
Right Well And Clean - (6:41) 136 BPM
Rotor - (7:02) 137 BPM
Review: Speedy & Steve are better known as Speedy J and Steve Rachmad - a pair of unquestionable techno titans who come together here and bring all their considerable know-how to a beast of an EP. All four tunes were jammed out live in Speedy's studio then worked into what is presented here. 'Reddo' is a brain-frazzling techno cut with walls of scuzzy synth, while 'Dabler Nine' taps into a more Millsian vibe with its interplanetary synths and pulsing bass. Proving they have endless tricks up their sleeve, 'Right Well & Clean' is a funky looper and 'Rotor' then gets deep, stripped back and heady.
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17 Feb 23
In From The Night (Reworks & Edits)
In From The Night (Adam Beyer & Wehbba remix) - (7:20) 133 BPM Hot
In From The Night (PAS edit) - (8:17) 139 BPM
In From The Night (PAS live edit) - (5:19) 140 BPM
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02 Dec 22
Rip The Cut (Remixes)
Rip The Cut (Luke Slater remix 1) - (6:16) 137 BPM Hot
Rip The Cut (Dubfire remix) - (7:28) 135 BPM
Rip The Cut (Luke Slater remix 2) - (6:23) 137 BPM
Rip The Cut (The Lady Machine remix) - (6:26) 134 BPM
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29 Apr 22
Magnify EP
Magnify - (5:30) 135 BPM
Concentrate - (5:46) 135 BPM
Amplify - (5:47) 134 BPM
Collide - (5:43) 136 BPM Hot
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17 Dec 21
Parellel Series 7
LaFontaine (IS) - "3015" - (5:34) 135 BPM
LaFontaine (IS) - "Kokkur" - (5:20) 135 BPM Hot
Orbe - "9DVR" - (7:16) 132 BPM
Orbe - "Trimax" - (6:43) 131 BPM
LaFontaine (IS) - "3015" (Bonus Spacestation Zero Master version) - (5:27) 138 BPM
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05 Nov 21
Lakota Fox EP
Raptor - (4:57) 136 BPM Hot
Marbles - (6:13) 134 BPM
Lakota Fox - (6:25) 135 BPM
Hand Tap - (5:17) 134 BPM
Truffles - (5:35) 133 BPM
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16 Jul 21
Numbers EP
Ghost 37 - (7:06) 139 BPM Hot
Lost Track 22 - (4:49) 133 BPM
Rey Fur 2.1 - (7:22) 134 BPM
TR-15 - (5:37) 130 BPM
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11 Jun 21
Nu Rebels Club EP
Edge 1 - (6:06) 146 BPM
Edge 2 - (5:34) 136 BPM
Edge 3 - (7:09) 138 BPM Hot
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23 Apr 21
Fluids Amniotic (Remastered)
Bellows - (6:51) 138 BPM
Soup - (3:35) 90 BPM
It Makes It - (5:12) 137 BPM
Crimes & Misdemeanours - (5:34) 137 BPM
Leaf - (5:07) 137 BPM Hot
Marbles - (5:02) 136 BPM
Let It Go - (6:12) 132 BPM
Wonder - (3:56) 128 BPM
Played by: Mark Broom
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27 Nov 20
Love Remixes
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 Hot
Love (Scuba's Bagleys remix) - (7:36) 128 BPM
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31 May 19
Parellel Series 6
Rene Wise - "Windrunner" - (6:56) 130 BPM
Rene Wise - "Sling Jockey" - (6:32) 133 BPM Hot
Billy Turner - "Charged Totem" - (5:10) 130 BPM
Billy Turner - "Magma" - (5:58) 128 BPM
Played by: Spettro
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19 Apr 19
Straight Shooting
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 Hot
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.
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15 Mar 19
Loud Colours EP
Wolf - (5:58) 134 BPM Hot
Broken Motor - (5:47) 132 BPM
Loud Colours - (5:50) 134 BPM
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.
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26 Oct 18
Side Effects
Reel One - (6:38) 124 BPM
Night Time Hawk - (5:12) 127 BPM Hot
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.
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18 May 18
Lost In A Loop EP
Seduced - (7:46) 130 BPM Hot
Apsurt - (2:58) 127 BPM
Survive - (5:56) 130 BPM
Lost - (6:07) 132 BPM
Played by: Pan-Pot
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16 Mar 18
Silent Witness EP
Disorder - (5:43) 130 BPM
Silent Witness - (5:16) 130 BPM
Apart - (5:22) 130 BPM Hot
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".

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08 Dec 17
Deep Heet Vol 4
Desert Races - (7:37) 130 BPM Hot
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!
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27 Oct 17
Mesh EP
Mesh - (7:10) 126 BPM
Bugeye - (5:42) 129 BPM Hot
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.
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16 Jun 17
The Light Years Reworks
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 Hot
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.
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24 Mar 17
Parallel Series 5
Sev Dah - "Svarog" - (5:43) 130 BPM
Sev Dah - "Morana" - (6:08) 131 BPM Hot
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.
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11 Nov 16
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 Hot
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04 Dec 15
A Figment Of His Imagination
Coda - (5:56) 126 BPM Hot
Facing The Truth - (7:15) 126 BPM
Enigma - (5:53) 126 BPM
A Figment Of His Imagination - (6:18) 126 BPM
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18 Sep 15
Human - (5:42) 132 BPM Hot
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.
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06 Jul 15
Different Strokes
Stroke 1 - (5:22) 128 BPM
Stroke 2 - (6:05) 128 BPM
Stroke 3 - (4:47) 128 BPM
Stroke 4 - (6:17) 128 BPM Hot
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.
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25 May 15
The Eyes Themselves
The Eyes Themselves - (5:51) 128 BPM Hot
Strange Attractor - (6:32) 128 BPM
Arc - (7:42) 129 BPM
Arc (the bass cut) - (8:15) 129 BPM
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09 Mar 15
Concrete Musique
The Bailiff - (5:21) 128 BPM Hot
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.
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27 Oct 14
Time Foundation
Automatic - (6:27) 129 BPM
Myriad - (4:54) 132 BPM Hot
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.
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19 May 14
Spitting Electricity
Spitting Electricity - (6:24) 129 BPM Hot
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.
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28 Apr 14
Future Modular EP
Future Modular - (6:20) 128 BPM Hot
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.
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03 Mar 14
No Exit EP
No Exit - (6:44) 128 BPM Hot
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.
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30 Sep 13
Parallel Series 4
Randmom Attractions - (6:03) 129 BPM
Drive Themes - (6:21) 130 BPM
Is It Skinny - (6:15) 129 BPM Hot
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.
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15 Jul 13
Arcade EP
Arcade - (5:47) 129 BPM Hot
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.
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20 May 13
History Survivors
Dormancy Survivors - (13:02) 127 BPM Hot
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.
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18 Mar 13
Razors EP
Razors - (6:09) 130 BPM
Over - (5:33) 128 BPM
Bloodless - (5:14) 130 BPM Hot
Trouble - (6:18) 127 BPM
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24 Dec 12
Deep Heet Vol 3
Voltan - (4:33) 129 BPM
Pygar - (4:53) 129 BPM
Turn - (6:36) 128 BPM Hot
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.
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19 Nov 12
Distane EP
Distane - (6:03) 128 BPM Hot
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.
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24 Sep 12
Function 4 Remixes Episode 2
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 Hot
Function 4 (Lucy remix 2) - (6:45) 127 BPM
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23 Jul 12
Parallel Series 3
Howl - (7:00) 127 BPM
Wesp - (6:16) 128 BPM Hot
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.
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11 Jun 12
Crossed Paths
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 Hot
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.
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16 Apr 12
Parallel Series 2
Shifted - "Gates" - (7:45) 130 BPM Hot
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.
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05 Mar 12
Function 4 Remixes Episode 1
Function 4 (Marcel Dettmann remix) - (6:25) 130 BPM
Function 4 (Chris Liebing remix) - (7:41) 129 BPM Hot
Function 4 - (6:56) 136 BPM
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12 Dec 11
Parallel Series 1
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 Hot
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.
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10 Oct 11
Thwack (remixes)
Thwack (Norman Nodge remix) - (6:32) 128 BPM
Thwack (Planetary Assault Systems remix) - (6:14) 128 BPM Hot
Thwack (Mike Parker remix) - (8:02)
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01 Aug 11
Control - (7:06) 127 BPM Hot
Structure - (5:50) 130 BPM
Drifting Over - (6:57) 130 BPM
Resurface - (5:35) 130 BPM
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27 Jun 11
Third Eye Vision
Third Eye Vision - (8:23) 126 BPM Hot
Ana Kata - (8:14) 127 BPM
Octave Mundi - (7:43) 126 BPM
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16 May 11
Deep Heet Vol 2
Sucktion - (7:32) 130 BPM Hot
Powwow - (7:25) 130 BPM
Raid - (5:06) 129 BPM
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28 Mar 11
Minimal/Tech House
Drained EP
Drained - (5:33) 127 BPM Hot
Polaron - (6:15) 129 BPM
Bound - (8:22) 130 BPM
Junk - (8:14) 130 BPM
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31 Jan 11
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