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Bleep Interviews oOoOO


This week sees the highly anticipated return of oOoOO on Tri Angle Records, with a brand new EP, ‘Our Loving Is Hurting Us‘. We decided to ask him a few questions about it all…

Bleep: You’ve got a really coherent visual aesthetic, would you like to extend it further and across more aspects of your work?
oOoOO: Is that a nice way of saying I don’t have a coherent sonic aesthetic? Actually, I think the new EP and everything I am working on now is much more coherent than what I’ve done before. Before I was trying to put a million influences into my songs, but hadn’t figured a way to fit them in efficiently. On the older songs, its obvious I’m experimenting with how to combine them into something that’s distinctly my own. So you get songs like Mumbai and Hearts on the same release even though they are very different. But I think there is more of a distinct oOoOO sound now.

B: Tri Angle has a strong sonic identity which almost feel like an artists’ collective. What type of relationship do you have with the other acts signed by the label ? Do you guys hang out?
O: I’ve played and hung out with a lot of the people on TriAngle and really like everyone I’ve met. I’d probably hang with any of them more often if the nearest ones didn’t live thousands of miles away.

B: You’ve worked on remixing Lindsay Lohan, any other popular culture figure’s sound you’d like to add your touch to?
O: Yeah, any major pop stars that wanna work with me in any capacity, even if its just hanging out should get in touch. I am ready for whatever.

B: This one is more of a request…I’ve heard you like Jana Hunter (We’re fans too), is there a possibility of a remix or a collaboration with Lower Dens in the future?
O: Maybe yeah. That could be interesting.

B: Do you see recording equipment  and the studio environment as a source of inspiration or rather as tools that allows you to realise your musical concepts?
O: Most of my studio equipment is virtual so its hard to fetishize it the way analog musicians do with like old synths and amps. But the tools themselves are inspiring to an extent, yeah. I write and record at the same time, like probably a lot or even most people making electronic music, so messing around with the plug ins becomes part of the process. Learning new plug ins can be inspiring.

B: What is next in the pipeline for oOoOO?
O: I’m working on a lot of new material at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be ready to put out an LP later this year.

Bleep Interviews Sensate Focus


This week sees the launch of a new sub-label of Editions Mego. The label is called Sensate Focus. The artist is Sensate Focus. The release is called Sensate Focus 10.

The man behind it all is Mark Fell from SND. We decided to catch up with the man himself to see what it is all about…

Bleep: With a few aliases to your name, why the new one? Does it refer to something specific apart from being the act of ‘non-intercourse’, sexual exercise?

Sensate Focus: I think at first I was drawn to the word ’sensate’ in terms of the sensation of sound, as opposed to it being some kind of means of expression or communication. My music doesn’t aim express or communicate anything. So the idea of sensate was to focus on the sound as the main area of interest. In this sense, the point of the music isn’t directed at the goal of understanding its message. So the idea of Sensate Focus seemed to fit my agenda here.

In this case the sound is not meant to be anything unusual, for example its not an exercise in creating radical new synthetic sound textures. Instead it focusses on the chordal and percussive sounds and patterns found in some forms of club music. Particularly chord stabs and pads you might hear in House and Techno music. In this it follows a similar template to my work with Mat Steel, as SND, but is slightly different in terms of the specific sounds and patterns it explores.

B:Can you elaborate on where you might be taking Sensate Focus as an artist? I.e. some of your work as Mark Fell crosses into the realms of installation and audiovisual performance.

SF: Ideally the label will release work that can be played in clubs and people can actually dance to is. The label and project will be including other producers but all released under the name Sensate Focus. I already have a few people on board to work with. Also my solo work tends to be quite messed up, so i wanted to make a stylistic distinction between that and this.

In the solo projects I have been releasing recently, the work uses some simple programming structures to generate the patterns. Whereas with Sensate Focus, the initial idea is that everything should be made with the pencil tool in a grid based music editor, for example: Logic, Cubase or Digital Performer. I never use this tool in my solo work to create patterns. So this is the main difference in terms of production and thats why the logo for the project is the pencil, also Peter at Editions Mego had loads of pencils made. They are meant to look like the pencil in Logic or something similar, I liked the idea to give this some kind of physical form outside the software.

B:Is this to be an output for more accessible Mark Fell productions? What’s the connection with Editions Mego?

SF: It’s not meant to be any more accessible, popular or less experimental than any other work I do; those kinds of questions don’t really interest me. Primarily it’s meant to be music i like. I have a big problem with the whole idea of calling some music experimental and others just popular. Think for example of the beginning of acid house music, for me this was as experimental as anything coming out of research centres or more ’serious’ musical practices. Obviously some music sounds weirder than others but i would just put this down to a question of familiarity or more or less unusual; not that one is more normal and one is more experimental. So for me editions mego is an ideal platform to undermine that distinction.

I also like the kind of relationship between the same group working in different combinations and under different pseudonyms. Think for example of the amazing work done by Tack Head, Fats Comet and Mark Stewart and the Maffia. It seemed like different versions of the same song would turn up in different guises – that situation fascinates me. For me, the best example of this is ‘DJs Dream’ by Fats Comet and ‘Hypnotised’ by Mark Stewart – two versions of the same thing that form a dialogue with one another. Not knowing the story behind the production of these records perhaps ‘Hypnotised’ is a car crash of a remix of ‘DJs Dream’, or perhaps ‘DJs Dream’ is a polished remix of ‘Hypnotised’. But it seemed to me the tension between the two releases, and words ‘ream’ and ‘hypnotised’ articulated a complex position in relation to the political climate in britain at that time.

B:Can you give us an idea what’s next for Sensate Focus as a label and Sensate focus as an artist?

SF: I’m just working on the second release and a remix of the first release. I think i will make a track with my son who is a DJ based in Leeds and I think I might also ask my dad to work on something with me. Which would be quite mental….

Bleep Interviews Chris Carter / Cosey Fanni Tutti / Nik Void

Carter Tutti Void

Bleep: Could you give us a bit of background as to how the collaboration came together?

COSEY: Mute invited Chris and myself to play as part of Mute Short Circuit at the Roundhouse in May 2011. They mentioned that it would be good for fellow Mute artists to collaborate, which appealed to us. Then we started thinking of who we’d like to work with that would be different for us and we thought of Nik. We’d seen her play previous to Factory Floor and then with them so we knew and really liked her work.

NIK: I first met Chris & Cosey briefly at the ICA at Cosey Complex with Factory Floor, then later my manager at the time Paul Smith, who is also Chris & Cosey’s, invited me to what he called a biggish do at the Tate where Cosey was performing. Her performance was an eye opener and blew me away just like Throbbing Gristle did when I first took home 2nd Annual Report from Mute’s basement. So when I received the email from Cosey asking me to perform with them at the Roundhouse in May I was thrilled to say the least.

B: Did the three of you discuss a direction / vision for the set, or did the outcome purely take shape through improvisation?

C: We proposed a very loose approach to allow for as much freedom for us all as possible… just for Nik to come to our studio and jam to some rhythms together and see what happened. Then take that into a live situation as soon as possible to keep it fresh and energised. So the outcome was solely down to the improvisational approach we decided on from the get go.

B: Although the musical output from your respective camps takes different directions, do you think there are links that bind you together in terms of approach to sound and attitude? If so, how did these similarities – or differences – affect the creative process of working together?

C: I think the similarities of our approaches to sound making were crucial to the creative and working process. We’re all pretty much very open minded to allowing for anything to take its place within what we create. It’s a pretty physical process rather than theoretical. We feel our way through the sound working with the audio and its affects, drive and power. That’s what’s the most exciting thing for me personally, that we’re all conduits and facilitators for the manifestation of a collective work. Chris and myself have always worked like that and we knew Nik had a very similar approach.

N: I think individually we have our own staple sounds and investigative approach to our tools/ instruments. As I was not sure where we would begin, I began playing in a way which was familiar, sounds I’m used to working with in Factory Floor – after a few moments of playing together though, these sounds started to bend and take on a shape that fitted nicely into Chris and Cosey’s own language. It’s a joy playing with two people who are so obviously in tune with each other and to be able to fit in is a real honour. I think one major factor that unifies us is the ‘no fear’ to instinctively push ourselves into territories that may nudge us out of our comfort zones, but it only really works well if you have trust in your peers. It was like they led me down a dark ally blindfolded, but I had total faith in were we were going.

B: I liked that the crowd responses were left unedited, I felt it gave a strange physicality, a human angle to the recording – Was there a conscious decision to invite the listener to that live environment rather than present the pieces as a traditional album experience?

C: We wanted to make the gig available as soon as possible because a release would complete the project. I guess the album stands as a documentation of intent, execution and conclusion. That makes it sound a bit cold which it most certainly wasn’t. It was such a positively charged atmosphere at the gig and that energy from the audience was definitely instrumental in, and a contributing factor to the sounds we played live. The release also enabled the many people who couldn’t get into the gig itself to hear it as it was – unedited, a direct recording. So I suppose it’s not a ‘normal’ album – which hadn’t even occurred to me to be honest. It just was what it was for us all.

B: Can we expect to see future collaborations between the three of you?

C: As we all have separate projects it’s difficult to find time but we’re hoping to get together again for sure.

Bleep Interviews 100% Silk


This week sees the release of the brilliant new releases by Mi Ami and Coyote Clean Up… Just another week in the life of 100% Silk – one of the most consistently brilliant record labels in recent memory. We decided to catch up with label boss, Amanda Brown and try and discover more about all the music they seem to be revealing to the world…

Bleep: 100% Silk has such a strong identity as a label yet is incessantly prolific when it comes to releasing records. What kind of policy do you have to finding and releasing new talent?

Amanda Brown: My policy about releasing has always been – if the music’s amazing then it deserves to be released. I don’t believe in being closed door, especially since demos are where real magic happens and how you get connected to SILK across the world. I hate this idea that labels have become so stuck in their ways, that they won’t consider new music. I think in the end it only does a disservice to that label – you have to grow and spread and revivify all the time. As for finding artists, they mostly come to me. I’m lucky enough too to get referrals from the SILK artist family, be a part of that community, and there’s such a network there. I’m extremely fortunate for that.

B: In light of the previous question, what other links, in terms of spirit and approach, bind together the material that appears on the label?

AB: Sensual, sideways, luxurious, contemporary, playful, joyful, irreverant, naturalistic, stylish – these are the words i think of when i imagine a 100% SILK artist and record. It’s some symbiosis of all these aspects that makes dance music so pleasurable for me.

B: Although your background has been immersed in Not Not Fun and your work as Pocahaunted, 100% Silk has an obvious and particularly raw understanding of dance music. What are you own personal experiences with the genre, and did you always intend to start-up a dance label?

AB: I used to listen to dance music when i was a pre-teen, early nineties. I was a huge Dee-lite, CeCe Peniston, and Blackbox fan and a friend’s older sister used to go to these crazy London and New York clubs and come back and tell us about the down-tempo groove soul/acid party girl vibes and I’d go nuts, get so jealous. I dabbled in a bit of hilarious techno – “James Brown is dead” – and some over the top UK big picture stuff – KLF – and of course had lots of my mother’s disco records – Evelyn “Champagne” King was a favorite. But no, I never intended to start a dance label. It’s a pretty shut-off world, with lots of purists, and I always figured I wouldn’t be accepted, seeing as I love dance for it’s freedom and humor and exuberance.

B: L.A. has always been a hotbed of musical creativity but there seem to be especially interesting things coming from the area right now. Is there anything about the place that inspires you and your label contemporaries?

AB: L.A. is where I’m from, it’s my home, so I have endless praise for it. It’s corny, but i think heat is always inspiring, being hot always makes me create more. People say it’s competitive, and it is, but mostly in other music scenes – I’ve found the dance/DJ underground here to be awesome, open arms… and it’s beautiful, and there’s fresh fruit on every street, and who doesn’t make better music when they’re full of fresh fruit?

B: What other contemporary labels and artists are exciting you right now?
AB: Future Times, Heatsick, Ecstasy, Miracles Club, Soundstream, L.I.E.S, Creme Organization, and Steve Summers.

Bleep Interview Monolake
+ show tonight at Fabric, London.


This week sees the welcome return of Monolake (aka Robert Henke). He has a new album entitled “Ghosts” and is also doing an album launch party tonight in Fabric. We decided to have a few words with the man himself about his new album and his relationship with his music…

Bleep: ‘Ghosts’ seems to come with a whole creative aesthetic, from the artwork to the sound particles, what experiences have you drawn on to create this album?

Monolake: I very much like the idea of a record as being more than just a random
collection of tracks. When I work on music, I get inspiration from very different sources, and I try to make it all come together to form a bigger structure. In the case of Ghosts there is the story fragment, and then there are the photos I took in Australia, and of course the music. I continuously make music, write little stories and take photos. Sometimes things just come together and start making sense. This happened to me when I started working on Ghosts. The cover photo was pretty obvious to me once I finished a rough sketch of the first track, and then the rest just happened. I like to create atmospheres and spaces. So once the overall tone was set, the direction became quite clear.

B: With the current culture of music consumption encouraging a short attention span, your album seems to instead require and encourage the long player format. What is it that you want your audience to experience?

M: Do you know the movie ‘Stalker’ by Andrej Tarkowski? You watch it and it is quite odd and disturbing in its slowness. It demands focus and at the same time it is totally ‘ambient’. The big WOW! moment comes later, after you left the movie theater. You suddenly realize that this was very amazing and spiritual. Ideally my music works in a similar way. Not sure if I achieved it so far, but that’s the goal.

B: How does this then transfer into a live show?

M: Unlike all Monolake live shows in the past, this one here is really aimed towards bringing the sound and the mood of this specific album on stage. In the past the live shows were slowly growing and changing, independent of record releases. This one is different. I spent a lot of time in preparations and in thinking about a good strategy here. It was clear to me, that I want to present it in surround, because I want it to be as immersive as possible. It was also clear that I want to find a way to transfer all the work I made in the studio on stage in a way that allows me to improvise. I need to have fun during a concert, too, and simply pressing play and dance behind the laptop is not an option. And also very important is the visual component. I am working with a brilliant artist and programmer, Tarik Barri, and I pushed him hard to develop a quite unique and special visual counterpart for the music. ‘The Monolake Ghosts in Surround Tour’ is a big effort in reaching a different level, show wise. I am quite happy how the preparations work out so far, but the first concert has yet to come. Let’s hope it works the way I intend it to work. It is certainly not the usual club food, there are some challenging moments in it, including a track in the middle of the set that has no beats at all and lots of tracks with different tempos and groove. I definitely want to play this in clubs, at prime time. Going to a concert also in a club must be an experience that is at least in parts surprising and different from what a normal DJ set would deliver.

B: The ability to microscopically record sound and manipulate it is still relatively new to music, how has technology changed your creative process?

M: I work much faster than ever, and it takes all much longer. Faster because I can make tons of edits in no time, and it takes longer since no technology answers the most important question in creating art: why do we do what we do? The more options one has, the more difficult it can get to make the right decisions. One always need to step back and try to find a distant perspective to the own work. It became very easy to get lost in detail.

B: Are you evolving with the technology or are you creating it to evolve with you? (Does the music feed the technology or does the technology feed the music?)

M: It is a feedback loop. However, after being involved in the creation of tools throughout my artistic career, I focus more on mastering the tools I already know, instead of exploring new ones. We are at a turning point, where the complexity of the tools becomes the main limitation for creation. I do not need more technology, I need more time to understand the potential of what is already right in front of me.

B: Your work within Ableton and your work as a professor shows your interest in facilitating information. How important is this dialogue, does it also feed back in to your own work?

M: I love teaching students, because they always ask questions I cannot answer. This forces me to learn and to rethink my own points of view all the time. If you want to be a good teacher, first of all you need to be curious and open. Talking with students is an occupation I tremendously enjoy for this reason. It keeps me mentally alive.

B: What are the reasons in having your own label to release your own music?

M: It just happened and now I am just used to the fact that I have total control over every detail. I do not want to give this freedom away anymore. Imbalance Computer Music is a one man show: I make coffee for myself, I write invoices, I define release schedules and get more grey hairs when my releases are leaked before they are even in the shops. Might not be very wise, economically, but I am a bit stubborn.

B: How do you see 2012 unfolding with your work and live show?

M: I hope the album and the concerts will be well received. I worked very hard on it all, and it would be nice to get some recognition for it. But as far as I can tell today, things look good. And there are a few amazing artistic possibilities for 2012 / 2013 on the horizon, which I do not want to talk about at this time….

Monolake – ‘Ghosts’ is available to buy now on Bleep.
Monolake performs tonight at Fabric, London as part of the ‘The Monolake Ghosts in Surround Tour’.

Bleep Interviews The Haxan Cloak
/ Tri Angle Records Tour Details…


We like Tri Angle Records… We like them quite a lot.
So much so in fact, that we made them our Top Label of 2011 and made an exclusive t-shirt and digital compilation with them.

With this in mind, we are quite keen to see what they get up to in 2012. And they already seem to be doing a lot…

They have already announced a European Tour showcasing some of the label’s brilliant roster including Balam Acab, oOoOO, and Holy Other.

02/02/12 – Berghain / Berlin
03/02/12 – Trouw / Amsterdam
04/02/12 – Secret Warehouse / London
08/02/12 – AB Box / Brussels
09/02/12 – Point FMR / Paris


Playing at Tri Angle’s London showcase is their latest signing, The Haxan Cloak.
We decided to catch up with the man himself and discuss his approach to music….

Bleep: Your work seems to have a very cohesive sound palette and atmosphere, what inspired your project The Haxan Cloak?

The Haxan Cloak:
The Haxan Cloak comes from a vast array of influences. I seem to have some inclination toward the darker aspects of society and culture. I think this is a main theme that permeates the music I make.


B: Coming from a sound art background, there seems to be a real physicality to your music, what are your interests in sound, and what experience are you trying to convey to the listener?

THC: My interests in sound are absolutely very textural. I feel much more compelled towards tone than I do toward rhythm. I don’t really consider the role of the listener when I am making music, however, I do often hope, in hindsight, that listeners are able to be as engrossed in the sound as I am.

B: Your works seems to build the bridge between the organic and the synthetic, from live instrument recording to digital manipulation. What role does technology play in your music. Does it enhance or hinder?

THC: Technology doesn’t necessarily enhance or hinder, it merely facilitates. I’m not really a huge ‘gear’ person. I like to have as few implements as possible when it comes to making music. The most difficult part of making music is a clear concept. If you don’t have a strong idea that you believe in, no amount of technology can cover that up.

B: How do you approach transferring your music in to a live environment?

THC: I appreciate that an audience likes to hear familiar material, however, I’m not such a huge of fan of recreating my record faithfully in a live context – you may as well listen to the record at home. I take elements of my recordings and essentially remix them live. In this way, the audience still gets a snippet of something they recognise, but they also get to experience something completely new within this familiar framework.

B: You have just signed to Tri-Angle Records, what other contemporary music do you feel inspired by? Is there anyone out there you would like to collaborate with?

THC: I don’t know if I feel inspired by much contemporary music. Some artists I like, off the top of my head are: Actress, Grouper, Eddy Current Supression Ring, Alexander Tucker, Death Grips, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Theo Parish, Hype WIlliams, Beyonce, Lil’ Wayne…I could go on…

I’d like to write music for Matthew Barney, Bela Tarr or Harmony Korine.

B: What have you developed since your album on Aurora Borealis, what should we expect from your upcoming release?

THC: I’ve developed a stronger sense of who I am as an artist and a clearer vision of how I’d like to develop and challenge myself. The next release will be a continuation of textural themes explored on my previous record. It will be more rhythmically driven than the last and will be very different, however, still undeniably mine. I hope.

Holy Other – Feel Something (The Haxan Cloak Remix) by TriAngleRecords

The track above ‘Holy Other – Feel Something (The Haxan Cloak Remix)’ is available to buy now exclusively on Bleep.

Bleep Interviews Plug (Luke Vibert)


In 1996 Blue Angel Recordings (later Blue Planet) an imprint of the legendary Rising High label released the Drum ‘N’ Bass for Papa album by Plug AKA Luke Vibert. In early 2011, Luke Vibert told Ninja Tune that he found some long-lost never heard before DATs dated 1995-1998 from his Plug moniker.

Ninja Tune have none done the graceful thing and just recently released a collection of tracks from the same era with the brilliant “Back On Time” album. It’s pretty brilliant so we decided to have a few words with the man about his Plug side…

Bleep: Has re-listening / re-visiting the Plug project influenced your current music making?

Plug: No – it feels like a different person made it…

B: How has your music making process changed from when you first made Drum ‘n’ Bass for Papa?

P: I used hardware then, sequenced by an ancient Atari, and now I just use my laptop, so it’s pretty different…

B: Is the recording process / production process different from your other material under different monikers?

P: No, I just use whatever I have at the time… I can’t make the music of Plug anymore [or I would!] but it was hours of going through samples then hours of putting them together/cutting them up/arranging them etc… I don’t really have that kind of time these days.

B: Who do you listen to these days?

P: Same old shit as always really…Funk, Jazz, Moog music, Easy Listening, Disco – anything interesting. I hardly ever listen to anything new (perhaps cos I spend so much time making it).

B: Can you envisage producing under another moniker in the future?

P: Sure…especially if I start making stuff that doesn’t really sound like anything I’ve done before (which admittedly hasn’t happened for a while now!). Although my usual reason for new monikers was cos I’d signed with a new record label and had to make a new name up!

Plug – Back On Time” is available to buy now on “Bleep

Bleep Interviews Felix and the Machines

We recently were lucky enough to come across the work of a man called Felix… Felix makes machines and with these machines, he makes music. He has collaborated with Plaid and he has just recently released an EP of his work entitled… Felix’s Machines.

We caught up with the man to ask him about his machines and he also supplied us with a brilliant video showing exactly what the machines do…

Bleep: Who is more responsible for the music, Felix or the Machines?
Felix: The machines are hand-built devices that often create some unexpected mechanism noises. I compose MIDI sequences on a laptop but their physical location and condition determines how they sound, which impacts the way I write the music. As an ensemble of instruments, timings and timbre need to be adjusted to suit specific spaces. Essentially, I write the music but the state of the machines provides a set of rules. I find it helpful to work with this limitation as a guideline for composition.

B: Tell us a bit about the growth of the machines…

F: I started using a rudimentary set of materials. These were taken from wooden piano mechanisms, and I used springs and solenoids salvaged from scrap electronic devices such as typewriters. Over time I’ve got better tools and have added more metallic parts to the machines. I’m gradually learning about materials and ways they’re engineered, and as I do the machines are upgraded.


B: What influences would you say have brought you to where you are today?

F: Melodic/chaotic electronica has influenced me. In particular Plaid, Autechre, Aphex, Squarepusher, Venetian Snares. Visually I like Kinetic sculptures, Futurists, Cubists and Surrealist styles.

B: What is the on the Machine’s rider?

F: Depends on the performance space. For a gallery all the sounds are acoustic and the setup can take a range of forms. Live amplified setups require a selection of mics and careful mixing to ensure there’s no feedback. It takes a day or ideally two to setup. And it needs to be dark.

B: Who would you and the Machines most like to collaborate with?

F: I’ve collaborated in two live performances with Plaid and we’re looking to do more. It would be great to hear other artist’s music composed for the machines, but it can take a while. The machines definitely have a their own characteristics, probably a bit like learning an instrument. Aside from the music side I’d like to expand my designs by collaborating with a company who build drum kits.

B: What plans have you got for the future?
F: My time has recently been taken up with various commission work for brands, but at every given opportunity I keep building and recording the machines. I hope to start putting together another release next year with newer more powerful machines.

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Bleep Interviews Lex Records


This week, we are celebrating the 10th birthday of Lex Records… We have even put together an exclusive 50 track bundle of the best tracks of Lex. If you need a little background on the label, have a look at our quick Q&A with Lex below….

Bleep: If you were describing yourselves to someone that knew nothing about Lex Records, what would you say?

Lex Records: 10 year old independent music company based in London and NYC, distributed worldwide. Quality over quantity, focused on artists rather than genres…

B: What have been the highest points of running Lex Records these last 10 years?

LR: Packed out Lex shows in London back in 2003, Danger Mouse splicing Jay-Z with Beatles to create The Grey album in 2004, working with many of our favourite musicians worldwide. Lex 5th anniversary party with Ghostface Killah (who is back in the house with DOOM for our 10th anniversary on Saturday November 5th at the Roundhouse), various festival missions including Coachella and Fondation Vasarely with Boom Bip… it’s been an interesting decade.

B: What has been the lowest point of running Lex Records these last 10 years?
LR: Dodgy distributors, warehouse fires, late artwork, the eternal battle between flagrant rappers and federal agents, the death of John Peel, the turning point when various people began making decisions based on quantity of MySpace plays / Facebook Likes rather than just using their ears.

B: What do you have planned for 2012?
LR: We’ll be moving into film, online content, books and art projects with new projects from most of our core roster of artists including Alan Moore (of Watchmen / V for Vendetta fame), DOOM, Doseone, Jneiro Jarel and Boom Bip… hopefully something Neon Neon shaped too.

B: Where do you see Lex in 10 years time?
LR: Operating from a burning spaceship on the shoulder of Orion with a three-boobed Martian lady on each arm feeding me duck pancakes and char sui buns, Intergalactic FM on the stereo, Pimms in the crunk cup, experiencing Alan Moore’s new film in 4-D hologram format directly piped into my brain… Like tears in rain.

Bleep Interviews
Planetary Assault Systems


A few weeks ago, we were delivered the fifth album installment from Luke Slater’s Planetary Assault Systems on Ostgut Ton. We decided to catch up with the man himself to discuss where he is at with his music…

Bleep: You have been quoted as saying you promise to ‘create new sounds which are not otherwise present in club music at this time’ on your new album. Can you explain this idea a little further?

Planetary Assault Systems: I think thats a promise I made to myself. Planetary has always been about moving sound around beats, motion and rhythm in unexpected ways that either still work on the dancefloor or work at a pure listening level. My aim is to manage both at the same time. If it works in a club and is valid on a listening level then i’m good. It’s something I always found in early electronic dance music and somthing that makes sense to me. There’s no point in releasing a mediocre record. Do it right. Feel it, let it breathe.

B: What do you think of the current techno landscape? Are there any other artists you particularly admire right now?
P.A.S.: This is a good time for good electronic music, it’s being embraced by people. Like I’ve always said techno is the foundation stone for electronic dance music, whatever happens, people find it and embrace it after fads wear out. They find the groove and the mindset, and as a writer, its inspiring. New guys like Shifted and Sigha and many more are thinking the right way. Pay attention to the music, write good music. Don’t do it for the wrong reasons. Do it because it makes sense…

B: Planetary Assault Systems, L.B. Dub Corp, Morganistic, Offset and 7th Plain are just a few of your mysterious music-making monikers. Why produce under so many different aliases?
P.A.S.: It’s all about P.A.S right now really. That’s where I’m at…

B: You’ve been a Berghain resident for a while now and are a firm part of their Ostgut Ton label. What attracted you to Ostgut in the first place and what does your relationship with them mean to you?

P.A.S.: I do have a long standing relationship with Osgut the club going back many years. It’s something that developed natually through the music and their commitment to only that. It made total sense to release my music on the label on many levels.

B: Any future plans that you can share with us?
P.A.S.: Right now things are very busy with the live P.A.S show that’s been going down immensely well, there is always some sonic and visual surprises involved with the shows on an artistic level. I think P.A.S is now doing what it should have done 15 years ago. Aside from the live show and DJing, I’m busy with remixes and Part running Mote-Evolver with Heidy. There are some great releases forthcoming on Mote-Evolver, so stay tuned…

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