Planetary Assault Systems – Plantae [OSTGUT123]

As Planetary Assault Systems, Luke Slater is an innovator of psychedelic mindfuck techno. Across a lengthy catalogue that stretches back into the 90s, the music’s bleepy, polyrhythmic loops are as recognizable as they are genre-defining. Plantae is Slater’s first release as PAS on Ostgut Ton since Arc Angel (2016) and covers the spectrum of PAS’s different strains while remaining grounded in Slater’s uncanny funk and knack for developing oblique melodies and rhythms over longer stretches. Deepness and hypnosis come as much through duration as sound design. For Slater, Plantae is made for Berghain, where he is a long-standing resident. In his own words: “I’m sure it’s no surprise that when it comes to putting together a release on Ostgut Ton, PAS takes on its more mind-altering, otherworldly quality by natural cause, quietly reflecting the dark sweaty nights and days at the club; at the point, the common neural coupling, of us all together. PAS has been part of Berghain and Berghain part of PAS for a long time.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Plantae [OSTGUT123]

Planetary Assault Systems – Straight Shooting [MOTE055]

UK techno mastermind Luke Slater resurfaces as Planetary Assault Systems on his label Mote-Evolver, with a crisp double-package of his signature deep-rolling, hypnotic big-room churners. As its name suggests, ‘Straight Shooting’ takes no byway to get its point across.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Straight Shooting [MOTE055]

Planetary Assault Systems – Deep Heet Vol. 4 [MOTE050]

This new set of four highly concentrated cuts shows how effective Planetary Assault Systems can be at fueling the imagination by fusing together rhythmic and incidental elements into a unified, animated meshwork, without even a prominent melody to help out. Deep Heet Vol. 4 also showcases Slaters aptitude for choosing just the right moments to deviate from a steady groove.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Deep Heet Vol. 4 [MOTE050]

Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks [MOTELP003]

Having already unleashed a considerable amount of collaborative magic with the ”Planetary Funk: 22 Light Years” series of remix EPs, Luke Slater has now upped the ante with six full sides’ worth of material,all of them injecting the spirit of classic P.A.S. into new sonic organisms. Behind the controls: Marcel Fengler, Function, Psyk,Octave One, Kamikaze Space Programme, Lucy, Slam and Steve Bicknell.

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Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks [MOTELP003]

Planetary Assault Systems – Arc Angel [OSTGUT023]

With Arc Angel, Planetary Assault Systems departs to new musical frontiers by focussing on melody, but staying rooted in the purist values of techno that Slater shaped over his decades- and generations-spanning career. Techno album of the highest order.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Arc Angel [OSTGUT023]

VA – Structures & Solutions: 1996-2016 [BP20167]

Founded 20 years ago, Blueprint Records has remained one of the true driving forces behind British techno. To celebrate this special anniversary label founder James Ruskin and Blueprint friends have created a compilation of brand new music to celebrate this landmark. These exclusive tracks are released here as the ‘20 Years Of Blueprint Compilation’ limited edition box-set, with a collection of four clear vinyl records as well as poster and sticker inserts.

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VA – Structures & Solutions: 1996-2016 [BP20167]

Planetary Assault System – Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series: Part I [MOTE046]

More than any other UK techno producer, Luke Slater has remained at the cutting edge. This is partly due to his ability to make forward-thinking music, but as this new series demonstrates, he also possesses an uncanny knack for pairing off with other inspired artists. “Gated” is vintage PAS material from the 90s, its distorted rhythm lent a housey bias here thanks to Ben Sims’ superb remix. It’s hard to believe that “Dungeon”, available here in its original format, dates back to 1997, as its bleepy, tunneling groove and its ‘swarm of bee’ hums make for exactly the kind of hypnotic sounds that many modern producers try – and fail – to emulate. Completing this excellent release is a dry, tribal version of “Dunegon” by O [Phase] from Token.

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Planetary Assault System – Planetary Funk 22 Light Years Series: Part I [MOTE046]

Planetary Assault Systems – The Eyes Themselves [MOTE041]

Some new Planetary Assault Systems material from Mr Luke Slater is always a welcome sight and The Eyes Themselves finds the techno pioneer on suitably mind bending form. Issued naturally by his own Mote Evolver, this three track 12″ bristles with the sort of intense, physical energy that makes the music feel alive and somewhat alien with the title track a perfect embodiment. Across the six minutes, “The Eyes Themselves” develops from a dark throb into full blown techno psychedelia that possesses the ability to draw the more open minds into another dimension. Similar things could be said about “Strange Attractor” so we will draw your attention to the B side cut “Arc” where intensity is the predominant characteristic across the eight thrilling minutes.

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Planetary Assault Systems – The Eyes Themselves [MOTE041]

Ben Sims – Theory Of Completion [THEORY050.2/THEORY050.3]

Ben Sims presents ‘Theory Of Completion’ the final release on his label Theory. He unleashes four forward forward-thinking Techno cuts for 050.2, two of these receiving the remix treatment from Planetary Assault Systems and DVS1. On 050.3, Sims goes all out with a grip of dancefloor killers, backed by a stunning remix from none other than Surgeon.

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Ben Sims – Theory Of Completion [THEORY050.2/THEORY050.3]

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]

Planetary Assault System – Future Modular EP [MOTE038]

Mote Evolver kicks off 2014 with Future Modular EP from Luke Slater’s Planetary Assault Systems alias, presenting sharp-as-ever fresh sound of P.A.S. that has enticed the audience as long as the mighty ‘Systems’ have existed. Never a stranger to a forward thinking sound aesthetic and with a title like ‘Future Modular’, P.A.S. packs the EP with 4 tracks (with digital-only ‘Subtracted Mix’ of the title track) that spark with Futurism and tightly channel the energy at the tip of the boiling point.

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Planetary Assault System – Future Modular EP [MOTE038]

Planetary Assault Systems – No Exit [MOTE037]

Luke Slater’s most well-known pseudonym Planetary Assault Systems is back in the fullest swing with ‚No Exit‘, a standalone EP following his famed ‚Deep Heat‘ installment series. ‚No Exit‘ unmistakably bears all the hallmarks of Planetary Assault System, from mind-tripping and floor-stirring hypnotic energy to the theme of pushing the outer limits of unknown territories.

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Planetary Assault Systems – No Exit [MOTE037]

Planetary Assault Systems – Function 4 Remixes Episode 2 [MOTE030]

Mote Evolver return with another salvo of reworks from Planetary Assault Systems’ seminal record ‘Function 4’, originally released on the influential Peacefrog label in 2000. Marcel Dettmann returns with a “Base dub” remix which is a more stripped back affair than his more full bodied first attempt, concentrating instead on subtle rhythmic nuances. Lucy provides two remixes – one utilising a minimal breakbeat over shrill pads, and one that piles on the atmosphere with its swathes of reverb. And Shifted rounds it up with his slickly executed revision, with a rolling rhythm that’s packed densely around abstract tones.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Function 4 Remixes Episode 2 [MOTE030]

Function vs Jerome Sydenham – White Light (Remixes) [IRC1096]

One of Ibadan’s most popular releases of 2010, resurfaces with three stunning remixes from a trio of artist who’ve been been defending the free world of underground Techno: Planetary Assault Systems, Silent Servant and Xhin.

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Function vs Jerome Sydenham – White Light (Remixes) [IRC1096]

Planetary Assault Systems – Remixes: Silent Servant & The Black Dog [OSTGUTTON053]

Ostgut Ton presents two remixes for PAS.  Silent Servant transforms Bell Blocker to a slow burning hypnotic techno ride. For their remix The Black Dog combines their brooding melodics and dancefloor oriented production skills to create the perfect counterpart to the flipside of this 12”, somewhere between plain scary and profoundly deep.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Remixes: Silent Servant & The Black Dog [OSTGUTTON053]

Planetary Assault Systems – The Messenger [OSTGUTCD020]

PLANETARY ASSAULT SYSTEMS - The Messenger (Front Cover)

Luke Slater maintains his prolific output with “The Messenger”. His new album on Ostgut Ton stays very true and honest to the Planetary Assault Systems goal: a journey of discovery, to create new sounds which are not otherwise present in club music at this time.

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Planetary Assault Systems – The Messenger [OSTGUTCD020]

Planetary Assault Systems – Deep Heet Vol. 2 [MOTE022]

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Luke Slater’s Mote Evolver drops the gears with the second installment of Planetary Assault Systems’ “Deep Heet” Series. Comprising three state-of-the-art expeditions into deep space techno, “Deep Heet Vol. 2” takes techno back to its primitive roots, adding details inspired by yet-tobe-explored points in the galaxy.

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Planetary Assault Systems – Deep Heet Vol. 2 [MOTE022]