Momentum (10 Years Of Token)
I love these celebratory label compilations, not only are you guaranteed quality but there's usually something extra, like an alternative version or, in the case of Momentum, an unexpected collaboration... or to be precise, nine collaborations! Here's the tracklist:
- Rødhåd & Sigha – Bloom
- Ø [Phase] & Rødhåd - Detonation Vertex
- Antigone & Ø [Phase] - Icosahedron Flood
- Inigo Kennedy & Kr!z – Amalgam
- Tadeo & Ctrls – Dropout
- Ctrls & Antigone - The Hardest Part
- Kr!z & Ctrls - Comets
- Inigo Kennedy & Sigha - Minor Ascent
- Oscar Mulero & Inigo Kennedy – Catharsis
We can debate all day about who added what to each track but one thing we know for sure is that Inigo Kennedy brings the melody! The Token mainstay has his fingerprints all over the place, appearing on no less than a third of the compilation, each of which elevate things immeasurably. His first is Amalgam with label boss Kr!z (his first track as a producer!) where a fine balance of melody and hypnotic rhythm maintain the flow. My highlight is Minor Ascent, Kennedy's track with Sigha, with a whiff of IDM, the downbeat melody hits all the right melancholic notes. Catharsis with Oscar Mulero closes out the selection on a high note, the soaring melody provoking the hairs on the back of your neck to stand proud.
With Rødhåd's new album Anxious making waves at the moment it's fitting that the opening pair of tracks bear his mark. Bloom is a collaborative effort with Sigha (whose own masterpiece Metabolism was released earlier this year) while Detonation Vertex is with Ø [Phase], and both tracks are pure quality. The former slowly builds with muffled metalic clunks and teasing tension, while the latter continues this trajectory through subtle Techno motifs.
Elsewhere Antigone, Ctrls and Tadeo pitch in with suitably celebratory fare. Well produced, perfectly sequenced and at just under an hour, Momentum is the ideal home listening material.
- Rating: 7/10
- Listens: 17
- Highlight: Inigo Kennedy & Sigha - Minor Ascent
- Label: Token
- Release Date: 1st December, 2017