The tracks came to fruition in Berlin during a time in society when everything was closed and there was a huge layer of uncertainty across the globe. “I was channelling my interest in the introspective side of trance and finding comfort in what I was creating. It was sort of like going back to using processes from when I first started making dance music.”
With three original tracks on the EP, ‘Luv 44’ opens the EP with a pulsating boom-bap groove and atmospheric synth work via acidic licks from the SH-101. ‘The Number Counters’ boasts sporadic analogue delay with white-noise snare drums and haunting ostinatos. ‘Trails’ is a welcoming, sluggish roller that chugs into oblivion, making for an idyllic warm-up excerpt for the club.
On remix duties, special guest Konx Om Pax is summoned to bring his own interpretation of ‘The Number Counters’. As an artist, you may recognise Konx Om Pax’s visuals for Warp, Mogwai, Underground Resistance, OneohtrixPointNever, Hyperdub, Advanced Beauty and LuckyMe. Oftentimes when turning his hand to production, the Planet Mu signee develops the original elements and pushes them into new territory via a host of analogue effects chains. Among the mix is a hypnotic and continual breakbeat that dips in and out dynamically, plus a host of improvised effects that sporadically paint over the mix like a beautiful and chaotic tapestry.