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]

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]