Berghain has announced the launch of a new imprint focussing on ambient, archive and alternative music, differing from the more dancefloor-focussed records on the mighty Ostgut Ton imprint. The new label is called A-Ton and kicks off with a series from Luke Slater’s 7th Plain project, with remastered, previously released and unheard archive material.
First published on General Production Recordings between 1993 and 1996, Slater’s The 7th Plain pushed the further burgeoning genre of ambient music towards its boundaries by not limiting itself to mostly beatless synth pads, but by including propulsive beat progressions, nuanced rhythms and subtle melodies. The 7th Plain’s extramundane music dodged classification, as heard on the albums ‘The 4 Cornered Room’ and ‘My Yellow Wise Rug’ – emotional, eerie escapist music, at the time of release forward thinking records that in retrospect managed to overcome time.
Meanwhile, Ostgut Ton has announced to put out a new Planetary Assault Systems studio album in late September.
‘Chronicles 1’ is out on August 9 through A-Ton/Ostgut Ton.