CTRLS - NONUSER (12")
Token's 60th release comes from label mainstay Ctrls, whose tight bond with the imprint continues with this seventh exclusive EP. Following last year's Two Worlds EP, Nonuser takes Ctrls club focused sound to new heights, delivering rolling percussion alongside twisting, distorted leads and thundering bass lines.
The EP opens with Vocabulary. A rigid percussive framework provides the perfect, albeit heavy backdrop to the track's distorted, detuned pads and tightly enveloped, morphing lead.
Nonuser's title track takes dancers into slightly more bizarre territory. Its unrelenting kick drum propels staccato, cut up hi hats alongside a sporadic melody that falls slightly outside the grid.
The release ends with The Wave, a subtler track. Timbre rich chords fade in and out over a thick and rolling low end. Uneven claps complete this atmospheric production, which ends dissolving into the chords and drones built up over the preceding five minutes.
A1 Ctrls - Vocabulary
A2 Ctrls - Nonuser
B Ctrls - The Wave