artefacts of rotation is asc at his experimental best. once again, the theme is one of deep space exploration, showing a natural progression from return of the emissary, and sitting somewhere between that and the recent album, astral projection. hypnotic drum programming, spiralling atmospheric elements, layers of sublime pads, plus the usual healthy dose of bass - it’s all here in abundance, ready for the listener to don their space suit and dive in head first.
after the first two 12inches from label founder deep88 himself, ascii records turns to a whole host of different characters to remix those tracks with some stunning and varied results. luis cl is up first, taking a decidedly mellow approach to harmony that tips into a heavy lidded early 90s deep house mood perfectly, while rnr take the robert owens-featuring believe in you and make it into a stirring, tense but ultimately emotional acid-laced floor track. rhythm 2 soul do a gentle job on la beija, mhcrew take a larry heard-esque approach on rotation and jimini lets the space in the mix tell its own story.
asc is a perfect fit for silent season, favouring as he does greyscale melodic content and a cerebral approach to mutant techno. cerulean is a fine opening gambit on this 12inch, all crooked kick patterns and micro bleeps calling out into nothing, while dimension 1010 maintains the austere approach with a slow swell of melancholic ambience over a meditative rhythm. enchanted is no less restrained, but there s a subtle shard of light in the murmuring pad that lingers in the background. that s well and truly dealt with on the bleak beatdown molniya, which pings bleakest techno into a black hole of sound, which is of course a wonderful thing to behold.
we are honored to have one of the best forward thinking artists in the roster back in our catalog, this time on collective. asc is back to with 3 original cuts that define hypnotism on another level. the record contains also a very rare gem, acronym is back on the label, his remix of the title track sentinel is pure class.
ltd marbled vinyl >>> 4 tracks that stretch across the versatile asc floor oriented stylistic approaches - point of origin dives deep with the title track, provides signature grey area experiments with collider and last known coordinates, and aims in a more straight ahead fashion for ground tracer while keeping the triplets subtle but evident. deadly rhythmic perfection and crisp sound design like only asc can provide across the whole ep.
asc made his first appearance last year on fracture, remixing the newcomer ombossa. the san diego based electronic music producer comes back on the french label in 2017 with two fresh tracks that show him going further into his exploration of techno soundscapes. the canadian duo orphx doesn t need to be presented. they have been responsible for some of the most interesting techno records in recent years. in their hands, dissolve becomes a frantic and out-there trip of almost 10 minutes
a1: solar reaction - asc is known for off the wall deep atmospheric music with a darker more menacing side to it, solar reaction encapsulates this to perfection. the usual asc trademark of quality is here in abundance, with intricate beats, as one would expect, accompanied with a mysterious dark atmosphere that evolves into something with a warm and more welcoming feeling. haunting chords and electrical static pulse sounds hypnotize and seduce the listener into a trance like state. the deeper drifty synth sounds drop with a friendly embrace on the ears and make you yearn for more. solar avoidance is a track of contrast is executed to great effect.
next stop in our journey on transparent is asc, is quite impossible to describe his immense skills, to really know more you have to search for it. after 16 years of music this artist comes to our label to guide us on another level of sonic spectrum. “internal software” is one of the most charming sound design on a 4/4 scale we have ever experienced ever on the label. take your time and immerse yourself into his world. all on transparent green 12”.
​,one of the foundation artists on samurai horo, asc is an essential part of the labels rebirth with the ’geocentric systems’ ep. taking the grey area sound into heavier, darker territory, ‘aphelion’ and ‘perihelion’ formed the core of this ep with their fervent bpm trickery. these tracks are techno rebuilt with dizzying sensory loss, adding a weightless intensity that feels like a constant attack. ’passel’ and ‘geocentric systems’ offer a dubbed out version of the approach, heavy on the intricate sound design that has become the asc trademark.
based in montreal, ombossa appeared on dvs1 s mistress recordings in 2015. the young and talented french producer is set to have his first ep released in september on fracture, with a remix from silent season s asc. the blinding flare of 61 virgins is an elegant techno trip, an ode that goes deeper and deeper during 8 blissful minutes where you lose your own sense of time. on remix duty, asc skillfully makes it weirder, for a first ep that will please the more daring selectors out there.
NIGHT OF VISIONS REMIXED PART 1 (ABDULLA RASHIM / ASC & SAM KDC)
coloured 12" Vinyl UK04.08.16
liam blackburn s transformative night of visions lp as ancestral voices forged a bold new sonic identity for an influential figure on the electronic music scene. from his groundbreaking work as indigo and onto the success of akkord s hybrid electronic melting pot (with synkro), the quest for forward movement is intrinsic to everything liam produces. to further celebrate the night of visions lp release, we asked some of our favourite producers to reconstruct some of night of visions highlights in their own style. each remixer chose their own track from night of visions to work with. the first name on our remix list was swedish producer and northern electronics label head - abdulla rashim. choosing invocations , his remix focuses on the hypnotic power of the original, turning the tune into a golden loop with subtle kick drum stabs, sweeping percussion and a dangling tension that hangs through the entire 7.33 minutes. asc & sam kdc chose feathered serpent and using just touches of the original tune have masterfully built an all new backbone that demonstrates clearly the ability of the grey area sound to work at 2 different tempo s and weld together with straight techno.
long-serving brit in san diego james clements dons his familiar asc guise once more, for a typically atmospheric trip into deep, ambient-influenced abstract techno for canada s silent season imprint. as usual, there s much to admire, from the sparse percussion, glacial electronics and icy melodies of deep freeze, to the minimalist, modular sounding hum of closer raging seas. arguably best of all, though, is immersion, which sees clements expertly combine early 90s style dreamy ambient chords, textures and melodies think pete namlook or early irresistible force with scraped metal textures and impeccable idm beats
at this point, james clements aka asc is clearly in an entire musical realm of his own. with critically acclaimed releases for prominent & well respected ambient, techno, and electronica labels, everything james produces continues to resonate with the most progressive minds in the electronic music scene.
asc celebrates the 10th release on auxiliary by unleashing the second installment of the programme series to the masses, continuing the sci-fi landscape themes of the first ep with four impeccably crafted new tracks.
asc & synth sense join forces to offer the third installment in the vinyl only auxiliary white label series. taking things further afield from the previous two in the series, this one sees asc and the synth sense boys in super abstract and experimental mode. pressing on bright orange-red 10 inch vinyl.
auxiliarys owner and lead producer asc doesnt need introducing to most, but for those new to his work, witness a true musical visionary of the electronic music scene who has carved his own distinctive path year after year, enjoying noted success across multiple genres and sub genres. ascs progression has been unequivocally unique and can be felt with each release on his own and a plethora of respected labels. programme 01 reveals where asc is at right now, here on auxiliary.
rowl delivers the crescents fourth release with two original works packaged alongside a stunning remix from asc. true to form, 004 is another beautifully varied ep exploring the depth of dub techno with influence from the uks signature garage and dubstep sounds packaged across a plethora of bpms.
early support from: rowl, versa, m.u.d, djrum, synkro, troy gunner, eleven8, hvl, space cadets, asc, sam kdc and more ...
asc, synkro & sam kdc team up for the second outing on auxiliarys brand new collaborative outlet, veil. side one sees asc & synkro pick up where borderline / sacred moments left off and expand their vision further with the disjointed machine love and the smoother sounding planet x. side two sees asc team up with sam kdc for two slices of future funk. 85 bpm synth power all the way with serious bassweight thrown in for good measure. unique music, as you would expect from all involved.
presing on blue coloured & marbled vinyl.
narratives music returns with release number five and with it a special collaborative single that brings some of drum & bass biggest names together to create one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year so far. with album projects on exit records and non plus respectively, loxy, resound & asc have been pushing their uncompromising sounds for years via some of the scenes freshest and most forward thinking labels. this coming together with label owners blocks & escher has forged two highly contrasting but intrinsically linked tracks. dj support includes: goldie, friction, loxy, dbridge.
asc returns to samurai red seal in his first release for the label since 2012s out of sync & lost sync series. debuted on mary anne hobbs xfm show, polemic is yet another genre bending, tempo shuffle that brings a powerful acid line to the table. a favourite with the likes of dbridge, om unit, and sam kdc as well as label head presha, this is a tune that truly goes back to go forward. oracle slides back into a more traditional, but not any less unique asc groove, combining a heavy dubbed out bass line with other world ambience and percussive perfection. 909 rhythm track comes as a vinyl only exclusive, in the techno tradition it does what it name says it does, a dj tool for the adventurous maestro. limited blue coloured / white marbled 12 inch vinyl.
the first in a new exclusive white label series, asc provides two highly anticipated tracks that have been doing the rounds for quite some time now. another late nights dubby bass line and half step beats made it a sure-fire autonomic anthem, never leaving the record bags of instra:mental and dbridge for well over a year. it has been featured on many mixes, including asc’s resident advisor podcast, and always singled out for praise. its uplifting keys and stabs mesh seamlessly with the beats and bass and form an undeniably catchy rhythm. gestures starts where ascs classic porcelain left off. emotive keys, uplifting pads and strings and a unique rhythm section. catchy synthetic bass is introduced to maximum effect and in true asc style, the whole track comes together in a seriously polished way. this release is exclusive to the official auxiliary surus store. the white label is the final copy, as there is no artwork for this release. it is also limited to just 200 copies with no repress. get it while its hot!
space cadets first release of 2013 sees a welcome return for label stalwart asc, who takes the london based imprint deeper into its second phase with three cuts of absorbing futurism. known for the limitless depth of his sound, asc fluctuates with purpose. the dystopian drive of dream of the future sits alongside the pulsing flood tide rising, with outflow exploring the cavernous sonic space between.
original sleeve artwork is once again contributed by us illustrator theo ellsworth. all vinyl pressed to extra heavy 180g acetate.
ascs brand new imprint, diode, kicks off with 3 techno tracks. full of vibrance and the usual production nuances we have come to expect from asc over the years. solenoid is the lead track and gets straight down to business with no messing about. heavy kicks, keys laden with fx, and snappy percussion make this a firm floor tune. on the flip, we have the moody and sinister release, which flirts with darkness, and backing it up is the essential carrier. 3 standout tunes from a name synonymous with quality electronic music.
german maestro ulrich schnauss teams up with label owner asc for an ep of epic proportions. four sublime pieces of music that really show the pairs talent. with each piece, you can really hear both of their signature sounds playing off each other. essential listening.
pressing on transparent dark green, smokey marbled vinyl.
in the process of compiling ascs recent >out of sync<, album, we discovered we had at least 2 albums worth of incredible music that we wanted to be part of releasing. as asc has also always been part of the reason we created the horo series at all, it made sense to compile some of the most special cuts that we couldnt fit onto the album onto their own horo catalogue numbers as >lost sync< parts 1 and 2. these are not left overs, these are main courses we couldnt fit into the perfectly rounded and beautifully realised product that >out of sync< became. for the full story of the building of >out of sync<, >lost sync< part 1 and 2 complete the experience. this is the soundtracking of a complex future world we can only imagine if we close our eyes and let these expertly crafted aural pathways transport us.
white marbled vinyl. >wisdom< comes from consequence and asc who provide 2 thinking mans dancefloor tunes. >noisy spirits in this soul< sees consequence conjure up memories of classic jonny l and spirit and marry them in a bottom heavy juggernaut that has been the chosen opening tune of label boss preshas dj sets for several months. >snow wolf< is a longtime personal favorite of loxy, and shows asc in devastating form flexing his ability to chop a break with the best of them. pinned by a brittle, shuddering bottom end, this tune brings the past to the future in a way only a handful of artists in drum and bass are able to in 2012. >wisdom< is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding.
in the process of compiling ascs recent >out of sync< album, we discovered we had at least 2 albums worth of incredible music that we wanted to be part of releasing. as asc has also always been part of the reason we created the horo series at all, it made sense to compile some of the most special cuts that we couldnt fit onto the album onto their own horo catalogue numbers as lost sync parts 1 and 2. these are not left overs, these are main courses we couldnt fit into the perfectly rounded and beautifully realised product that >out of sync< became. for the full story of the building of >out of sync, >lost sync part 1 & 2< complete the experience. this is the soundtracking of a complex future world we can only imagine if we close our eyes and let these expertly crafted aural pathways transport us. pressing on transparent green vinyl.
dublin-based absys records launch their newest sub-label, absys limited, with this ethereal three track ep from gdansks hatti vatti, including a stunning remix by the leading light of the autonomic scene, asc.opening track simple words unfurls majestically with its crisp, swaggering 2-step beat and the beguiling, echo-laden vocals of lady katee that will no doubt see the future garage scene sit up and take notice of this exciting new label.palms is a blissfully melancholic chorus of intermingling synths, cavernous sub-bass and chicago footwork revivalist drum patterning that exhibits hatti vattis impressive knack for creating magnificent retrospective futurism.
asc & sam kdcs formidable partnership continues with a pair of tracks that came to fruition before the decayed society concept was born. 170 bpm is the order of the day here, as the pair intertwine their trademark sounds with each other and forge a pair of unique idm/electronica tracks for the second white label outing on auxiliary. vinyl only.
coloured 2x12 pressing - one light and one dark green marbled 12 inch vinyl.
asc, one of the main musicians behind the autonomic sound presents his new album >out of sync<, the follow up to 2010s critically acclaimed >nothing is certain< on instra:mentals non plus label.
samurai red seal is pleased to announce its debut artist album from label favourite asc. having built a mutually respectful relationship with this talented producer over the years with a series of successful 12 inch releases, an album was the next logical step. this sampler features three tracks, pressed on grey marbled vinyl.
cometh the tma-1 ep on space cadets, with asc kicking off 2012 in style after a hugely prolific 2011. demonstrating a number of musical influences whilst fusing them all together in a truly original manner, the tma-1 ep showcases the diversity of james clements productions.
opening with a menacing atmosphere, tma-1 evolves into the classy aqualoop, a stripped back underwater exploration. on the flip, esper provides some steppy funk before exiting with a trip through the atmospheric plains of sarang.
samurai vinyl only horo series volume 2. limited multi coloured vinyl 10 inch.
after the success of the last 2 asc singles for samurai red seal and the flood of quality music that was arriving in our inboxes from the man, it was inevitable it was time for another shot of this uk born, california residents vision. the horo vinyl series appealed to asc instantly being a man from a strong techno background and an avid vinyl collector himself. >no secrets< is one of those tunes that touches you deeply without you realising, echoing in your subconscious and drawing you back for repeat listens. >zenith< picks up where >bleep test< left off, stuttering timeless breaks patched together with diving bass and percussive polishes to produce a unique sound that takes the past and hurls it into the future.
limited coloured vinyl: solid blue, crystal clear & white mixed. mutant cyber funk from the man behind auxilliary, symbol and one of the albums that has come to signify the autonomic sound. >droids< follows >brainscan< perfectly. a muted power break jabs its way to the drop where it is joined by a writhing bassline, snippets of a classic break and signifying bleeps that mark this as the closest drum and bass can get to techno without a 4/4. the layers great techno music is known for are also taken care of here, with the power of every element wrung out to its true potential. >never enough< is a drum workout of the highest order, with filters wrapping themselves around the twisting break edits, claps and steadying bassline. vinyl buyers get an exclusive ambient piece …sshhhhhhh. dj support from dbridge, loxy, consequence, synkro, indigo, presha and many more.