Planetary Assault Systems ‎– Coad Warrior 2

Peacefrog Records ‎– PFG005
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): GRAZZ - THE EXCHANGE PFG00 5 A-01-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): PFG005 B-01-1-1


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August 21, 2012

Classic stuff from Luke Slater displayed across the three installments of the Coad Warrior series, but my attention has been recently shifted back to this one in particular, due to a current release of a bunch of remixes of the cult classic Function 4, widely referred to as the "the clap talk track". It's a slightly more experimental work out, balancing between jiggy electro and bass booming techno energy. The percussion pattern is thrown off balance, displaying broken beats and icy, sharp hi-hats, while the clipping vocal intrusion adds a little extra dance floor juice and enables trainspotters to recognize this gem with ease. Overall, this is a mighty cross over tool, that cut its way into plenty sets covering the electronic music spectrum: from funky electro through to more upbeat techno, regardless of the occasion; be it peak of the night business or early morning lingering across the foggy podium.

On the other hand, Function 3 is exuberant, maximal club material that sends aural whip cracks all along the cranium. Bewildering acid riffs pound all over the audio field, emphasized by fierce laser gun beams, clamorous hisses and deafening hat action. The booming drum rolls just build and build to an ecstatically vibrant, invigorating conglomerate of beautiful TB-303 & TR-909 elements woven together to forge undeniable techno utopia. A serious club affair which resurrects popular old school sound traits through modern techno gear and state of the dance scene production vaults. Maybe my favorite Function piece, with the outer worldly Function 6.

Along with the other two Coad Warrior sister releases, this one was canned to infinity and beyond by anyone with two turntables and half of an ear lobe. In my opinion, mr. Slater brought the tooly-utensil techno sound of the turn of the millennium to perfection on these releases, matching and skillfully fusing together tight loops, spaced out sequences, sporadic intrusions of whirling and unorthodox noises, jarring riffs, spiraling acid synths, and of course, centrifugal club inclined percussion which firmly secured that these pieces of wax landed into plenty DJ cases. Techno fans miss out at your own risk, as this is as vital as some of P.A.S. more venerated work. Just as he stepped into the new millennium in a self confident manner aided by a string of Function tunes, he redid it again through his "Temporary Suspension" album in 2009. Twenty years and still going head straight through the wall. A man of his craft, nothing less!