Planète’s ‘Prism Break’ is a perfect minimal techno/club hybrid
Off the back of a set at Sydney’s highly anticipated OUTPUT FEST (alongside legends Mall Grab and DJ Seinfield among others), Melbourne producer Planète has dropped ‘Prism Break’, a techno monster that blends his ambient sensibilities with the four-to-the-floor ferocity of club music.
Planète is all about longform, mimimal/ambient techno mixed in with the more straightforward and hook-y nature of electronica that creates a contemplative and modern sound. For a taste look no further than his debut EP CONTINUUM which dropped earlier in the year. It’s chock full of flowing analogue melodies mixing with crisp beats and spacey production, the kind of electronic music you can just fall into. ‘Prism Break’ sees Planète coming out of his shell and embracing the club side of him we always knew was there, with fantastic results.
Where earlier Planète cuts luxuriated in the atmosphere created by interconnected analogue loops and hypnotic beats, ‘Prism Break’ builds to an apex of tension and releases it in a glorious electronic shower. It’s a longform process; snappy, microhouse-esque beats drive an always-evolving synth melody that weaves in and out of the slowly building groove. Down-tuned half-step hats rise the tension at breakneck speed as extra synths soar over everything at the climactic mid-point, before the track slowly peels back the elements to a dreamy finish.
‘Prism Break’ sees Planète playing around with his formula, and you get the sense he’s having an absolute blast. It’s a track with fascinating progression and infectious energy that also showcases his ability to flip the script and try out something new. Be sure to catch this monster live in February as he supports English electro-powerhouse Jon Hopkins.
Photo by KIAH PULLENS
Words by MAX LEWIS
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