ASC – Loop Research [TRM002]

ASC - Loop Research

Trauma Collective returns with four cuts of decidedly hypnotic and abstract techno from ever-prolific ASC. Rounding out the last decade with a string of stand-out releases on his own imprint, Auxiliary, the San Diego producer brings his cerebral sonic aesthetic to the fledgling Madrid label. “Loop Research” showcases a singular artist unbound by tempo and at the top of their game.

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ASC – Loop Research [TRM002]

ASC – Eccentric Orbits [SSX010]

ASC are a perfect fit for Silent Season, favouring as they do greyscale melodic content and a cerebral approach to mutant techno. “Cerulean” is a fine opening gambit on this 12″, all crooked kick patterns and micro bleeps calling out into nothing, while “Dimension 1010” maintains the austere approach with a slow swell of melancholic ambience over a meditative rhythm. “Enchanted” is no less restrained, but there’s a subtle shard of light in the murmuring pad that lingers in the background. That’s well and truly dealt with on the bleak beatdown “Molniya”, which pings bleakest techno into a black hole of sound, which is of course a wonderful thing to behold.

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ASC – Eccentric Orbits [SSX010]

ASC – Sentinel EP [ARTSCOLLECTIVE020]

We are honored to have one of the best forward thinking artists in the roster back in our catalog, This time on Collective. ASC is back to with 3 original cuts that define hypnotism on another level. The record contains also a very rare gem, Acronym is back on the label, his remix of the title track ‘Sentinel’ is pure class.

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ASC – Sentinel EP [ARTSCOLLECTIVE020]

Dino Sabatini – Concentrica [OUTISOPERA002]

After inaugurating the ‘Opera’ sub-series of his Outis Music label with the ‘Omonimo’ double LP, Dino Sabatini has invited some choice allies to help define the vocabulary and expand the vision of the new imprint. The aforementioned album, which wove together Sabatini’s atmospheric conjuring skill with the piano flourishes of Antonello Salis, already exhibits the label’s commitment to dismantling the ‘either-or’ logic of contemporary genres by successfully merging a variety of supposedly irreconcilable styles, talents, and worldviews (e.g. both mythological and the technological perspectives). The follow-up EP, ‘Concentrica’, draws on the material from ‘Omonimo’ and delivers it into the hands of additional remixers in order to continue the Outis Opera voyage.

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Dino Sabatini – Concentrica [OUTISOPERA002]

ASC – Beneath The Surface [SSV009]

Long-serving Brit in San Diego James Clements dons his familiar ASC guise once more, for a typically atmospheric trip into deep, ambient-influenced abstract techno for Canada’s Silent Season imprint. As usual, there’s much to admire, from the sparse percussion, glacial electronics and icy melodies of “Deep Freeze”, to the minimalist, modular-sounding hum of closer “Raging Seas”. Arguably best of all, though, is “Immersion”, which sees Clements expertly combine early ’90s style dreamy ambient chords, textures and melodies – think Pete Namlook or early Irresistible Force – with scraped metal textures and impeccable IDM beats.

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ASC – Beneath The Surface [SSV009]

ASC – Electron / Proton [RED011]

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ASC steps outside of his experimental D&B sound profile delivers two slabs of moody techno for Pushing Red. The opener “Proton ” is a driving number with some crunchy sub bass work underpinning some floaty synth work, while “Electron” an undulating, hypnotic tech-house cut, takes the foot off the gas slightly.

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ASC – Electron / Proton [RED011]

Asc & L.b. Dub Corp – Parallel Series 1 [MOTE026]

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Mote-Evolver continues to push on into uncharted territories of electronic music with the ‘Parallel Series 1”, the first in a new series where 2 artists are featured side by side – contrasting and complementing. A dedicated producer with over than a decade of experience, British born ASC goes head to head with Luke Slater’s rather rare L.B.Dub Corp guise over 4 tracks of vivid new techno.

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Asc & L.b. Dub Corp – Parallel Series 1 [MOTE026]