Since around the release of Planetary Assault Systems‘ Temporary Suspension LP, P.A.S. overseer Luke Slater has made a solid case for being one of the few techno producers who has defined the genre’s past and will continue to define its future. While he has spread his allegiances across a number of the genre’s best labels, his own Mote-Evolver label is, understandably, a source of the most compelling work from the man: the No Exit and Future Modular being two of his more recent high-quality offerings. That trend seems set to continue with the release of Planetary Assault Systems‘ The Eyes Themselves EP.
Few sonic artists can go from an atmosphere of oneiric wonder to one of cold intensity in just a few short steps, let alone doing this in a techno music genre that has little margin for error when it comes to conjuring atmospheres. As such, The Eyes Themselves once again demonstrates Slater‘s lasting contribution to techno: maintaining its reputation as a tool for stimulating both intellectual and physical energy, for aiding restless peregrinations of thought and for giving the body its freedom.