VA – Momentum: 10 Years Of Token [TOKEN78LP]

Over the last 10 years Token Records has grown steadily, both in size and stylistic breadth. The aptly-titled Momentum comes as a celebration of the close-knit family of artists amassed throughout the label’s running. The record is a fitting collaborative project, with every track on the album produced by two longstanding and well-respected artists from the label’s roster and especially commissioned for the release. This type of collaboration is intended to showcase the specific sound of the label, developed through 10 years of careful curation, as well as bringing out the individual identities of the artists involved.

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VA – Momentum: 10 Years Of Token [TOKEN78LP]

Indigo Kennedy – Requiem Remixed [TOKEN054]

Token are back with their very own Indigo Kennedy, and he’s brought along a squadron of remixers to transform his recent “Requiem” tune. First up is Dial’s Efdemin, who quickly adds his signature brand of freeform deep house – sinister pads all around – followed by Kangding Ray and his slo-mo version, a truly chuggy affair in all sense of the word. The flip sees Downwards master and UK techno legend Regis inject his deep and menacing style onto the framework, and Full Panda’s Dasha Rush takes the straight-ahead techno approach but proceeds to surround the beats with gorgeous swirls of instrumentation.

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Indigo Kennedy – Requiem Remixed [TOKEN054]

VA – Aphelion [TOKEN48LP]

If you are looking for a massive slab of techno, you won’t find anything released this week that’s as hefty as Aphelion. A triple vinyl box set from Belgian label Token, Aphelion is essentially a primer for the best in contemporary techno, featuring contributions from Surgeon, Rodhad, James Ruskin, Karenn and Planetary Assault System alongside some label regulars. You will have probably already heard “Fixed Action Pattern” from Surgeon, it’s possibly one of this year’s finest techno 12″s, but it’s got some stiff competition here with Ruskin in particularly funked up form on “No Trace”.

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VA – Aphelion [TOKEN48LP]

Inigo Kennedy – Vaudeville [TOKEN043]

This fourth album from British techno veteran Inigo Kennedy – his first since 2010’s decidedly ambient September Pieces – has something of a “catch-all” feel. You see, Vaudeville refuses to stick to one sound, style or groove, instead referencing the many styles of techno and experimental electronic music that have inspired the popular producer over the course of his 18-year career. So, there are murky, IDM-inspired techno floorfillers (the melodious but faintly foreboding “Requiem”), early British psychedelic techno (“Plaintive”), dense, darkroom grooves (“Vallecula”), classic Yorkshire bleep and bass (“Petrichor”), Kompakt-ish organic techno (“Winter”), and spooky, droning ambience (“Narrative”).

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Inigo Kennedy – Vaudeville [TOKEN043]

VA – Queenstown Road [LDNWHT003]

The LDNWHT imprint hits its third release with a few sizable names brought into the fold for another various artists release, showcasing a diverse range of techno styles across the four tracks. Inigo Kennedy is up first with the melodic, undulating pulse of “Queenstown Road” before Antono De Anglelis gets into an eerie, loopy headspace on “Signals”. Oliver Deutschmann has a housier groove at play on “Downstairs”, although the mood stays icy and sparse so the beat can do the talking. Mirrorpress meanwhile rounds the EP off in killer style with crisp and hooky chord stabs that meet a dubby end without losing their impact.

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VA – Queenstown Road [LDNWHT003]

VA – EPM Selected Vol.2 [EPM032]

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Now a fully-fledged music label with over 30 releases to its name, EPM counts albums from Paul Mac, Carl Taylor, Kristian Heikkila, Lee J. Malcolm, Luis Martinez and The Third Man to its ever-expanding roster. ‘EPM Selected Vol 2’ is the second label snapshot, focussing on the techno side of the label’s output so far (with a couple of rare exclusives* thrown in for good measure).

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VA – EPM Selected Vol.2 [EPM032]

Inigo Kennedy – Emitter / Collector [TOKEN032]

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After deeper excursions on January’s grand ‘Cathedral’, Inigo now strikes back with a monumental new 2 tracker. Both tracks emerged from the same studio session and definitely complement each other. While the pounding drums are omnipresent on this release, ‘Emitter’ leaves us euphoric, while ‘Collector’ is less explosive, more persistent.

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Inigo Kennedy – Emitter / Collector [TOKEN032]

Inigo Kennedy – Spectre / Wonderhorse [TOKEN024]

Token sticks to its guns: Inigo Kennedy delivers a big new 12inch with a double a-side. ‘Spectre’ hits hard yet gloomy. Relentless drums bathing in reverb and a strange synth line create yet another unique IK-piece. ‘Wonderhorse’ is built on the same foundations but explores a more melodic & psychedelic trajectory.

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Inigo Kennedy – Spectre / Wonderhorse [TOKEN024]

Inigo Kennedy – Vignettes (Two) [SEMANTICA036]

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A techno man for over 15 years, Inigo Kennedy was initially associated with labels like ZET and Missile in the second half of the 1990’s. Thereafter he took it easier until making a return to the studio some years ago. Formerly known as a backer of harsh 4/4 beats, Kennedy now explores new directions and follows up the first “Vignettes” experimental single released last year on Semantica. The second installment sees Kennedy moving closer to the floor again. Made for club charts is “Shapeshifter”, a mid-pace techno cut with abstract notes and occasional deep bass rave stabs, sending fluorescent sinusoids flashing through time and space. “Disquiet” bombs protons in thin air in an electrofied exercise. The B-side concludes with digital ballad “Ihana”, which feels like picking the summer’s first strawberries. Different from what I remember Kennedy doing, but contains a fair amount of excitement.

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Inigo Kennedy – Vignettes (Two) [SEMANTICA036]

Walker / Kennedy – 3 Stacked Layers From Macro To Meta [INNER004]

Inner Surface Music present their fourth release with two stalwarts of the UK underground techno scene – Patrick Walker and Inigo Kennedy. ‘Data Distill” kicks off proceedings with tough but grooving rhythms snaking through twisted melodies and textural sound scapes. ‘Parity Function’ starts as it means to go on, the kick drum and groove has a major stomp to it, while spacey bell sequences play with the subterranean dub chords and metallic drones, building tension to the track and locking you in. ‘XOR gate’ is spaced out techno at it’s best, driving dubby drum palettes build with the echoing bell sequences and cinematic strings, transporting you to scenes of a far away place.

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Walker / Kennedy – 3 Stacked Layers From Macro To Meta [INNER004]

Inigo Kennedy – Revenge [TOKEN019]

Inigo Kennedy returns to two dirtier and energetic tracks on Token. ‘Revenge’ can rip up any dance floor peak time, while ‘Scatter’ explores IDM territory, almost in AFX fashion. The b-side holds an interpretation of ‘Revenge’ by the infamous Blawan, a fierce techno work-out.

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Inigo Kennedy – Revenge [TOKEN019]