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  • Release Date 2015-09-11
  • Label Token
  • Catalog TOKEN55D
Ctrls is an artist somewhat indivisible from Token. All six of his EPs have come out via the label, melding turbo-charged rhythms with gritten, celestial synth-work. Following ? [Phase]'s sweltering 'Tunnel Vision/Internal Conflict' 12" and an all-start remix EP of Inigo Kennedy's 'Requiem', Ctrls' latest release comes in the form of an ethereal two-tracker - 'Two Worlds' and 'Onto Them'.

'Two Worlds' feels like something of a voyage sonically to say the least. Elysian synth-soundscapes build gracefully across the tracks opening minutes, a beautiful reminder of Ctrls' ability to craft music outside the boundaries of the dancefloor. Glitched-up drum loops are introduced at the opportune moment, stumbling alongside a simmering reduction of the opening section. As the track progresses the two sections build together in perfect harmony, transitioning fluidly between Ctrls' contrasting elements.

The flip-side ventures into harder territories, thumping low-end and biting melodies showing a similar mix of timbres. 'Onto Them' is laced with close-cut delays and groaning spring reverbs, adding a characteristic layer of roughness to Ctrls' precisely engineered production.

While the sound is very much in line with his previous work, there is something effortless about Ctrls' work here. The 'Two Worlds' EP has a flexible, straight-forward quality to it, feeling as though he has hit his stride artistically with an incredibly clear vision.
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