Keeping with the rough release rate of an album every couple years, Prime Numbers label boss Trus’me is back with his fourth full length, Planet 4. Featuring nine cuts of intergalactic techno, it is due out May 31st 2016 and once again marks a considerable sonic evolution for the acclaimed UK artist. Never one to do the same trick twice, David James Wolstencroft uses his latest album as a vehicle for his own interest in deep space, physics and dark matter. It is those subjects that have occupied his mind in recent years, and those subjects that inform this brilliantly otherworldly album. Where previous LPs have variously been funk and soul heavy, or openly analogue and physical, this one is a more subtle and supple techno affair that is as cerebral as it is seductive. “I love the art of writing an LP,” he says. “It’s something I feel most at home with, telling a story from start to finish and taking the listener on a journey to, hopefully in this case, another dimension.” Made during sessions in new Sydney studio Analog Cabin, Wolstencroft was granted use of many synths he had no previous experience of. This pushed him outside of his comfort zone and allowed him to expand his musical horizons. As such, Planet 4—named after Mars, an intriguing rock with which we are increasingly obsessed—is full of new sounds and arrangements, fresh ideas and layers of depth that make it his most accomplished work to date. Starting with a monologue that suggests that man has already landed on Mars, ‘1979’ is a cut that immediately places you somewhere in orbit. Spooky synths and sci-fi sounds are eerie and atmospheric and very much set a perfect tone. From there, there is slow, elastic and unsettling mood music on ’The Unexplained,’ deep and insular techno on ’Dark Flow’ and trippy Dan Bell style minimalism on ‘Ring Round Heart.’ The second half of the LP touches on chunky dub, manic and melodic grooves and stuff so deep and synths so serene you cannot help but feel you are off in some distant world dancing on your own. This is a coherent statement that holds together conceptually and musically. As well as providing plenty of dynamite for the more discerning dance floor, Planet 4 is also a delightfully detailed affair that will work just as well on headphones, late at night, as you look up to the stars and let your mind dream about what might be out there.
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