The Ctrls class of inventive, inorganic techno is a mainstay of Token’s output. For his ninth solo EP, he takes a trip down a back alley to the spirit of some of his earlier releases on the label.
The Shortest Path starts with flitting high-end precision accompanied by a gracefully deviating tone that’s as close to the natural world as Ctrls is prone to handing over. It takes on new life with a sparse and ultra-synthetic groove.
Rush Hour is gripped by an acute yet almost-imagined drone that builds intensity before going all in. The oddball break takes it down and whips back around to shuddering effect.
Crash is a full-scale collision. Slamming into that Ctrls brand of strange and discordant percussive details, a fierce and perfectly unpleasant bass is teased by semi-conscious accents.
Highway comes in on a half-step, straightening up with a muted klaxon crescendo into hypnotic transit.
A first for Token, the Routing EP includes two staggering, driving locked grooves crafted in the spirit of the rest of the record.