after the powerful excursion of last year s calcata, neel returns to token with transition. conceptually based around four elements in the group known as the transition metals and recorded live in one take, each track is a mind-bending trip through the periodic table that retains the human touch of a live performance.
o phase presents two striking, no-nonsense techno cuts for token85. each side of suspended animation delivers the special kind of face melter that manages to remain sincere without being overly self-serious. stroke b favours the sensational approach, with a bright and playful lead playing against a hi-hat frenzy in the breakdown. stroke c is more introverted on surface level, but offers pure chaos instead from its depth.
after the celebrated metabolism lp from last year, sigha is back with an untitled 4-track cut for token84. after the celebrated metabolism lp from last year, sigha is back with a 4-track cut for token84. this untitled record remains understated, playing with variations on a theme whereby the similarities exist seemingly to illuminate the differences between the tracks. the relationship between circular and hum is reminiscent of sigha s 2016 new puritan flip on the earlier offering of puritan from 2012, with circular presenting a tight, meditative loop in high-mid frequencies while hum inhabits a similar space, only seemingly from a distance. if those two are close, measured and controlled, the other tracks on the record demonstrate more freedom and abandon. gliss is huge and heavy, while flare s sonic elements interact playfully and scatter as the piece progresses.
oscar mulero’s contribution to the token catalogue goes all the way back to 2008. the new electric shades ep opens and closes with sci-fi theatrics also operates with the solid functionality of mulero’s earlier work. the voyage is agitated and bleepy while heavy roller signal trace plays deeper with similar themes. triad and extension too are weighty highlights, affording the record plenty of utilitarian benefit for djs and home listening enthusiasts alike.
(180 gr heavyweight vinyl, incl cd) kennedys 2007 record identify yourself was the beginning of a close relationship between him & token and has remained fruitful through the 11 years of tokens existence. he is now long-recognized as an integral contributor to tokens output, the label is the indisputable natural home for his sixth album. strata progresses through levels of ornate drama showing off the best of his melodic manipulation and creativity in sound design.
mysterious newcomer banke delivers a profound debut for token81. the totem eps tempered sophistication and clear sense of purpose belies bankes neophyte status, establishing him instead in the ranks of tokens most experienced artists in terms of skill and ingenuity.
(incl. translucent insert) token79 feels conceptually complete as a record: the similarities between the tracks are almost as striking as their individual qualities. each piece is titled in reference to planetary layers, each presenting another piece of the same world. as tokens first ever releasing artist and now long recognized as an integral contributor to its distinctive sound, kennedy continues to offer his part in shaping the labels identity.
(3lp with embossed sleeve incl cd) token celebrates its 10 years anniversary with momentum, a celebration of the close-knit family of artists amassed throughout the labels running. the record is a fitting collaborative project with every track on the album produced by two longstanding and well-respected artists from the labels roster: rødhåd, sigha, antigone, Ø phase, oscar mulero, inigo kennedy, tadeo, ctrls & labelhead kr!z himself
sigha s lauded metabolism album is further commended with a remix ep for token 77. with three highly qualified label newcomers enlisted to the task of reimagining aspects of the album, the music is reworked into a new context to powerful effect.
best known for his ambient excursions as voices from the lake alongside donato dozzy, neel joins token with the 4-track calcata. from his collaborations with dozzy to his solo work for their joint-run label spazio disponibile, neels studio experience as a mastering engineer has gained him recognition as a producer who pays great attention the technical aspects of his sound.
after the three-track time enough at last, antigone returns with ostinato for token75. as a project, the record is thematically accurate, adhering to its titles suggestion on both sides. the tracks play with layering techniques, gradually building a spectrum of sound around their respective persistent motifs. antigone shifts these insistent base elements, allowing them the foreground before masking within a blend of carefully processed and organic-sounding details.
vast and cinematic. inigo kennedys refined, courageous sound continues to be a definitive element of tokens output. after the ncg ep and surrender / castles in the air as his ongoing successes for the label in 2016, kennedy is back with a 3-trackep for token 74.
from his very first release, johannes volks strict yet creative adherence to the detroit tradition has garnered him a position among the greats. renowned these days as a producer with a seemingly-unending ability to produce classic-leaning futuristic techno, volk has built a serious discography over the past 11 years. for his first token offering, volk goes above and beyond with the 4-track ep designing evolution
(incl 4 tracks + 2 locked grooves) the ctrls class of inventive, inorganic techno is a mainstay of tokens output. for his ninth solo ep, he takes a trip down a back alley to the spirit of some of his earlier releases on the label.
after the success of the broad and powerful second lp alone in time?, Ø phase continues his ongoing connection to token with the submerged metropolitan ep. the title track enters with burchett s own brand of unease, the lead is tense and discordant, moving over a bumpy, rolling kick. brushing off-beat hats rush overhead and play delicately with this unease above the thunder. a vague spoken word sample adds texture and contributes to the cerebral edge. ethereal swells and intense rhythmic play introduce fallen columns, which delves into atonality with keys that add a controlled recklessness to the composition. this absent mind takes on a hypnotic, dubby form with a confidence that belies its complexity. a sublime breakdown introduces the heavier second half of the track, which enters impressively and batters on to the end.
(180 gr vinyl incl. cd) token is pleased to announce the sophomore album from sigha. metabolism represents an arrival: the artist offers his definitive statement on a production aesthetic that has been in development over the last few years.
this is electronic programme music, bookended in distinctive tadeo style with a modal string section that places the record firmly in the avant-garde, the pit guides us through the moods and associations of a classic science fiction narrative.
antigone joined token in 2015 with his grand double ep cantor dust. he returned again earlier this year with the saudade ep for token59 an overall heavier offering that still manages to retain some of the delicacy of the first. now hes backwith a 3 tracker for token68 where employs an advancement on his usual sonic vocabulary
remixes by o/v/r (james ruskin & regis) & Ø phase. Ø phases 2015 album alone in time? was the second lp in a remarkable line of releases on token since 2007. token65 is a retrospective tribute to the record, offering remixes of two tracks.
oscar mulero is a one-man techno institution. after his first release on token in 2008, mulero teamed up with christian wünsch for two eps as spherical coordinates.now hes back with a new solo 4-track contribution
sigha is back with a new double a-side in the same vein as the last: a booming, atmospheric achievement, showcasing his signature attention to detail and exploring the concepts of purity, faith and religion.
(ltd to 300 copies with custom made silk screen artwork) this ep continues with a theme originating from the final track on vaudeville, delving into the aesthetics of the interstellar clouds of cygnus and draco, also visual on the artwork.
since the turn of the decade token has by and large been an exclusive platform for the music of inigo kennedy, ¥ phase and ctrls. the belgian label has, however, remained on point by putting out formidable productions by rich oddie & ancient methods eschaton project, german powerhouse r¢dhåd and spanish heavy weights oscar mulero and christian wünsch as spherical coordinates, to some intercontinental fare by xhin and go hiyama. token, an iron clad operation continuously manufacturing unyielding techno, has always, deep within its impenetrable shell, had a soft spot for british techno. and following a reissue of mark brooms two, maintaining the glacial release rate of rodz-konez legend makaton, and welcoming surgeon to its fold with the thunderous fixed action pattern 12inch, the belgian label seeks out some fresh uk blood by inviting james shaw, aka sigha, to debut on the label with a stylistically sleek and suitably booming 12inch, our father / a better way of living.
(180gr) token welcomes new blood. antigone debutes with the cantor dust ep, a 2x12 that showcases his musical versitality,from spacial electronica over detroit-inspired grooves to rasping mechanical techno with booming low-end and grinding drones.
located beyond neptunes orbit is the dwarf planet haumea, the inspiration behind rodhads second release for token. it follows his spomeniks 12inch from last year which the berliner used to debut on the belgian label, the only other imprint hes released with other than his own dystopian records. over the past three years rodhads reputation has sky-rocketed, not only as an accomplished producer with five releases to his name, but as a big room dj whose formidable presence behind the decks demands as much respect as dvs1 and german big guns dettmann and klock.
token followers can rejoice that now, 2014, surgeon finally makes his official debut on the label. fixed action pattern comes as prequel to aphelion, a forthcoming compilation of new and exclusive material. aphelion will differ from last years token introspective mix cd by providing a collection of bespoke productions from token regulars and like-minded artists who were commissioned by label owner kr!z to bring their individual and complimenting sound to the belgian imprints all-consuming 48th release. following this surgeon 12, rødhåd will release his second record for token before the final unveiling of aphelion.