The Liverpool-based DJ and producer Asok returns to DVS1‘s Mistress Recordings with his most diversified EP yet: Mistress 14 unfolds Asok‘s raw, analog-heavy sound aesthetic full of broken kick drum patterns, stepping basslines, and lush synths.
With 25 years of record collecting, DJing, and promoting parties around the UK, there is little of the dance music spectrum that Stu Robinson has not been involved with. The Liverpool-based artist has amassed a fine understanding of a wide array of scenes, styles and sounds from drum & bass to electro-funk, disco to house and techno – underpinned by a love of breakbeat. The music under his alias Asok is an amalgamation of this diversity that has found favor with labels like M>O>S, Lobster Theremin, Crème Organization, and Mistress Recordings.
Mistress 14 opens with Space Rockets which is a nod to his breakier love affairs without using actual breakbeats. While second track Is Anyone displays his take on classic Chicago House with a little Roland JD-800 euphoria thrown in. On the flip, Last Refuge explores driving, rhythmical techno with Asok‘s typical ravey pad-like break in the middle until The Alchemist closes the 12-inch by laying more focus on melody and texture with a growing, always changing bassline and an ethereal synth that carries the track’s energy.