ASOK – Better Deat Than Alien [MOS025]

M>O>S Recordings kick off 2019 with a new EP from the Liverpool artist ASOK. With one foot on the dance floor and a mind lost somewhere in the cosmos, ASOK again combines breakbeats, astral synth work and prickly percussion into fresh new forms here. The title track is a twitchy and futuristic bit of house with glistening and distorted textures, Find A Way has a rubbery bassline and old school rave breaks, and Many Locations is a bumping bit of deep Detroit house with a real sense of serenity. Closer Baal ends in the heavens, with celestial ambiance, spinning hi hats and broken beats all sounding delicate yet dynamic as rasping bass ties everything together. This is another timeless and adventurous EP from ASOK.

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ASOK – Better Deat Than Alien [MOS025]

ASOK – Inner Circle [MORK013]

Stu Robinson aka ASOK returns with a quick fire reply via Lobster Theremin sub-label Mörk. Applying a similar template of contradictory elements, cobbled into a melded, half-melted mass of aquatic techno, proto-rave and depth-charged deep house, Inner Circle is the transformation complete. A step into the unknown without a shadow of doubt.

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ASOK – Inner Circle [MORK013]

ASOK – Virtual Light [LT030]

ASOK joins the Lobster fam proper, blasting down from the icy territories and bringing the cold winds of UK rave of yore to the front of the queue. “Universe 3” is a glistening, glacially slow-moving ambient piece that shimmers and folds through the spectrum, with small sparkles and hints of twinkling optimism peppered into it’s spacial framework. “Track Four” is a crunchy, scourged techno drum heater that bangs the drum of enchantment whilst raising the spirits of long-long civilisations through spiritual pads and alien synth work. Title track “Virtual Light” kicks off the flip. Built around a core of stolid deep house, but drawing on a solid template of NY house and central German deepness. Proper hazy, aquatic vibes into the dark depths. Lastly, and easily the artist and label fave, “I Mean You No Harm” arrives as a subtle reminder of the simplicity needed to conjure the heaviest moments. Essentially an enormous hardcore number just minus any form of breaks and stripped to the core. Nagging sirens and pitched wails sound off into the night air.

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ASOK – Virtual Light [LT030]

ASOK – A Mind Forever Voyaging [CRLP13]

Liverpool artist Stu Robinson aka ASOK steps up to Creme Organization with a debut full length offering, A Mind Forever Voyaging, featuring ten tracks of macho yet melodic, tender yet tense analogue house and techno. Something of a late starter, Robinson has fomented his own mystical, nostalgic, inventive analogue sound that makes you jack, as well as conjuring real emotions with his great knack for melody. This album was recorded live then edited down. “So if something doesn’t sound good it either stays in or I re-record the whole thing,” says Robinson, who used things like Maschine, tb303, analog RYTM, JX-8P, Microkorg, some plugins and “a shit load of old rave samples” to create his debut full length. All written at home over a period of a year or so, it proves the artist has plenty of ideas and more than enough skills to carry them off. All unified by a sense of emotion and kinked dance floor groove that has been picked up over the course of 25 years of living and breathing many different forms of dance music, it is an accomplished debut.

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ASOK – A Mind Forever Voyaging [CRLP13]

ASOK – Future Wars EP [MOSDEEP024]

After EPs on M>O>S Recordings and his own well formed Scenery label, Liverpool producer Stu Robinson aka ASOK now steps up with a solo release on M>O>S Deep. With an analogue sound full of nostalgia, emotion and subtle shades Chicago, he perfect fits on this most considered underground label.

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ASOK – Future Wars EP [MOSDEEP024]

Perseus Traxx – Harmony Of Elements EP [PF007]

Perseus Traxx, aka Nigel Rogers, is returning to Photic Fields with a four track outing. This young Briton has time and time again shown his ability to sculpt soulful soundscapes using the building blocks laid down by Chicago House. Harmony of Elements is further proof of this. From the outset lush key strokes are laid down, warmth and texture brushed with subtle beats. Percussion patterns are used to scaffold achingly delicate bars. Autumnal tones swirl amongst warm winds and colder currents. Darker moments are present, nightskies bruise under weighty bars. M>O>S man ASOK is on remix duty, blotting “Grey Skies” with his ink-stained sounds; eclipsed moods balanced with honeyed notes. Harmony of Elements sees Nigel Rogers full range of ability on display. There’s a revived and renewed complexity to this layered EP. A landscape of emotion is lovingly created, edges are smoothed and richness flows.

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Perseus Traxx – Harmony Of Elements EP [PF007]

VA – There Is No Authority But Yourself – 15 Years Creme Organization – Part 1 (FREE DOWNLOAD)

“Ok, so 15 years in this invigorating game is enough to get us all teary-eyed and melancholic and wandering ponderously on the meandering roads of reminiscence…..

Not! Here’s some FREE smack to celebrate this joyous occasion and onwards to the next 15 years. Part 1 so you know what that means! Get ready for the geriatric experience and special Creme ointments for your shingles. Now there’s something to look forward to.

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VA – There Is No Authority But Yourself – 15 Years Creme Organization – Part 1 (FREE DOWNLOAD)

Asok / Baldo – The Guide EP [GRM006]

ASOK – aka Liverpool-based producer Stu Robinson – pops up on Good Ratio Music with two more far-sighted and fuzzy sci-fi-tinged jams. There’s a delicious shuffle to “The Fifth Book” – all bubbling Motor City electronics and foreboding chords – while “Probability Drive” joins the dots between vintage techno and sparse, otherworldly deep house. Flip for two tracks from Barcelona-based Good Ratio regular Baldo, who impresses with the fizzing analogue rhythms, chords and subtle acid of “Axel Nebulae”. His other contribution, “Seventh Dimension”, comes on like the soundtrack to a drunken late night jog through desolate, post-industrial landscapes.

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Asok / Baldo – The Guide EP [GRM006]

ASOK – Hunter EP [SCN006]

Scenery label boss ASOK steps up with the next release, and that it comes with a remix from Dutchman Boris Bunnik in his Versalife guise is the icing on the cake. This is heady and original dance music from Scenery that continues the motion that has been set with the first few releases.

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ASOK – Hunter EP [SCN006]

VA – London Housing Trust 005 [LHT005]

A nice mixed bag as ever, featuring label partner Prima’s first solo effort – grooves effortlessly and into darkest Africa , other half of LHT Alphonse brings the drama with – Acid Melody – youngest member Jamie Blanco makes a welcome return – with his trippy little Black Jack and finally newest recruit Asok crunches out this classic sounding piece of 4 to the floor goodness.

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VA – London Housing Trust 005 [LHT005]

ASOK – Poltergeist [MOSDEEP018]

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Asok is the man behind burgeoning house and techno label Scenery Records, and has released on Deep Space Orchestras Use of Weapons and, though he has firm roots in d&b, has proven himself adept at crafting raw analogue jams that fuse house and techno together the jacking way.

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ASOK – Poltergeist [MOSDEEP018]

VA – Use Of Weapons 005 [UOW005]

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Use of Weapons 5 lands noisily in your back yard with five house marauders hotter than Salma Hayek eating a hot apple pie. Five different artists bring the bacon: label heads Deep Space Orchestra remixing themselves, ex-Cosmic Boogie overlord Asok, Perseus Traxx, Other Worlds and Wet Play executive board member Ruf Dug.

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VA – Use Of Weapons 005 [UOW005]