Montreal’s vaunted Forbidden Planet imprint returns with what could be their most well-realized release yet, a 3-tracker of shrouded Techno from upstart German artist Annanan. Both direct and detailed, ‘Lyser’ is an immensely gratifying, disciplined dance record. The 12″ begins with the authoritative ‘124’, which covers the A-side and sets the tone perfectly. An inspired synthesis of Berlin and Hague influences, it’s a commanding, focused stomp set within lush, haunting string arrangements.
The B-side tracks here both hold considerable weight as well. ‘ACIDz x2’ might be the highlight. It comes out blazing with an immense Acid line, which eventually gives way to towering, symphonic chords and a kick that could snap bones. Then the spacious, elegant ‘Satin’ winds things down. The track could very well be named after those impossibly smooth rides that enter halfway though to carry it home. All three tracks here are highly functional and will no doubt keep people moving deep into the night. Forbidden Planet has amassed quite the compelling string of records over the past couple years, drawing from both emergent artists and established luminaries. The ‘Lyser’ EP definitely stands tall alongside label releases from veteran artists D’Marc Cantu and Mono Junk. The stylish jacket design by Montreal artist Eli Sheiner, apparent throughout the Forbidden Planet releases, also beautifully compliments the sonic palette here. This is a label truly hitting its stride.
You can buy ‘Lyser’ – which is out now on Forbidden Planet, here. Annanan meanwhile has another 12″ forthcoming on Dutch label Pinkman in November.