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Luke Slater has announced a brand new Planetary Assault Systems EP for the 50th overall release on Mote-Evolver, titled Deep Heet Vol. 4

Since 2006, the Deep Heet series of recordings has shown the public an especially distinctive side of the production work of Planetary Assault Systems. With a unique ‘engine room’ ambience and a focus upon maintaining a continual surge of pure energy, each volume has easily lived up to the title. 

In keeping with Slater’s recent forward-thinking self-assessments like the Planetary Funk anniversary series, this is simultaneously a summary of past successes and another new evolution in style and content. This new set of four highly concentrated cuts shows how effective Planetary Assault Systems can be at fueling the imagination by fusing together rhythmic and incidental elements into a unified, animated meshwor, without even a prominent melody to assist.

For example, on the compelling track Lazer Organical, listeners will find themselves in the midst of a testing range where thick arcs of coherent plasma ricochet off of the walls. 

Deeo Heet Vol. 4 showcases Slater’s aptitude for choosing just the right moments to deviate from a steady groove: on the mesmerising bubblebath of Random Kingdom, he allows listeners to sink into the rising sonic foam before interjecting with some sharp metallic hits. The leadoff track Desert Races proceeds in similar fashion, weaving a web of luminous sequencer patterns around the listener before and cutting in with sudden fluctations or distortions that function like robots. 

Life Rhythm on the other hand, is a total immersion session in which Slater’s presence seems to recede into the baxkground and listeners themselves may begin imagining overtones and sonic ephemera that weren’t programmed into the original track. 

Deep Heet Vol. 4 is set for release on the 13th October in 12″ and digital formats via Mote-Evolver. Listen to Random Kingdom below via Luke Slater’s Soundcloud.