Review: Despite becoming a serious force in the contemporary techno scene over the last seven years, Antonin Jeanson has never released an album. He's made plenty of killer 12" singles, but for one reason or another has never applied his trademark style to the long-playing format. It's perhaps a surprise then, that his debut album, "Rising", is a near perfect example of a modern techno album. There are quite a few atmospheric and ear-catching dancefloor workouts - see the bustling beats and creepy electronics of "Perchance To Dream", the dark throb of "Duality of Mind" and the slamming psych-techno of "It Follows" - but also more considered, left-of-centre trips into IDM, ambient techno and otherworldly ambient territory. It's these diversions that make the album such an entertaining and rewarding listen.
Review: 10 years in the business already: who would have thought. Belgian powerhouse Token has brought us some strong techno tools in the last five years in particular, which have earned them a reputation as a buy on sight label for serious DJs. Launched by Kr!z in 2007, it started out with releases by a couple of UK legends - namely Inigo Kennedy and Ashley Burchett aka O [Phase] who are still staples of the imprint in the present day. With that in mind, this celebratory compilation is a fitting collaborative project, with almost every track on the album produced by these two longstanding and well-respected artists and especially commissioned for the release. Fast forward to 2017, the label is truly in its prime, if the material on this killer compilation is anything to by. Highlights include the slow burning fury by Sigha and new label regular Rodhad on "Bloom" the latter then delivers another stellar effort with Parisian Antigone on the hypnotic and evocative "Icosahedron Flood". Kennedy's contributions come in the form of "Amalgam" with label boss Kr!z and with Pole Group head honcho Oscar Mulero on the powerful and club-ready "Catharsis".
Review: To celebrate a decade of his Token label, Belgian DJ/producer Kr!z wanted to do something rather special. Hence Momentum: Ten Years of Token, a nine-track set of club-ready collaborations from some of the label's most storied artists. It's an approach that's resulted in some genuinely draw-dropping fare, from the slamming, post-jack techno beats, macabre aural textures and intense acid lines of O (Phase) and Rodhad's "Destination Vortex", to the looped computer beeps and skittish drums of Kr!s and Ctrl's "Comets". Elsewhere, Inigo Kenedy and Sigha's "Minor Ascent" is a superb combination of chiming melodies, cut-glass chords and hypnotic drumbeats, while Oscar Mulero and Inigo Kenedy's "Cathasrsis" sounds like a melancholic, creepy and distorted take on early British bleep techno.