Official press statement from Planet Mu:
“Silk Road Assassins, a trio consisting of Tom E Vercetti, Chemist and Lovedr0id, return to Planet Mu with their debut full-length ‘State Of Ruin’ two years after their first EP ‘Reflection Spaces’.
The trio recorded over two years, working together to start with, then across different studios and via the internet when their lives became more separated. They also finessed the album at Abbey Road studios, making use of some short time to add in extra layers.
The three producers day jobs are in production music, music designed and created specifically for film and games, and this album uses these skills to explore the musical forms that they love. The album explores how trap and grime’s minimalist form can be built and curved into musical architecture: elegant, opaque and layered, turning the sound into lush melodic world-building.
The album also features two Planet Mu alumini, Kuedo who features on ‘Split Matter’ brings some of his bitter-sweet shimmering melodies and on ‘Shadow Realm’ Russian producers WWWINGS give the music a violent metallic edge, providing the record with an epic and unexpected twist towards the end.”
- ‘Split Matter’ [Feat. Kuedo]
- ‘Pulling The String’
- ‘Shadow Realm’ [Feat. WWWINGS]
- ‘Taste Of Metal (Instrumental)’
- ‘Feeling Blu’
Wow… I’ve been waiting for this album for 2+ years lol. Even around 2017 when they were quiet on releases they were still shelling down radio with mixes on Radar Radio (RIP) and NTS which were always on repeat for me during that year. They’ve always been slick sound designers with a knack for amazing melodies and rhythms but the album tracks (afaik) definitely shows how much they’ve refined their work over the years, really focusing on creating a unique aesthetic and sound palette for themselves. Obviously I’m super excited for this.