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Planas - The Long Game
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Planas

The Long Game

Exceptional Records

Released: 24th December 2012 | 10 track dubstep album

Planas' music has won DJ support from DJ Q, Martyn, Appleblim, Pearson Sound, Alix Perez, the Brookes Brothers, Shogun Audio, Huxley, Mary Anne Hobbs, Gilles Peterson, Don Letts, Ronnie Herel, Mr Scruff, DJ Nonames (Foreign Beggars), Tayo, Ross Allen and True Tiger.

'Breathtaking,' which is adorned with the dulcet vocal tones of Ed Thomas is a sublime piece of bass music, and the superfly 'Wasabi Thunder' melds sparking cosmic p funk to dubstep, with devastating effect.

'Cry Wolf' is epic, high-drama vocal dubstep which features Joe Lean, and also featuring Ed Thomas is the timeless British urban melancholy of 'Rain on Me'.

The acid-coloured, stretchy analogue b-line on 'Better Days' is a prime example of Planas' skill at twisting fresh and unique sounds from his machines.

Featuring the sumptuous vocal tones of Claudia Georgette, 'Merry Go Round' doffs it's cap to Erykah Badu, Platinum Pied Pipers and Spacek, with stunning results.

'2 little 2 late' channels the spirit of classic MJ Cole and brings it bang-up-to date, whilst the Moodyman-esque spaceage thump of 'Petroleum' slows the tempo, but loses no impact.

'Underneath' is a collaboration between Planas and vocalist Dandelion, with Gentleman's Dub Club providing the riddim, on a heartfelt steppers anthem. The album closes on 'Mr Litvinenko', which is as nasty and dangerous as the subject matter it refers to.

Toby Davies AKA Planas has built his credentials over the last few years, with rated releases on Ranking (which he co-owns), Mau5trap, Immerserecords, last single 'Breathtaking' for Exceptional Blue, plus remixes for the likes of Foreign Beggars, Submotion Orchestra, Black Diamond Bay and Screaming Soul.

Toby has either produced, engineered or written songs with Alex Clare (Island), Dionne Bromfield, Binky Griptite of The Dap Kings, Tim Hutton (The Prodigy/Groove Armada) and Kim Burse - Beyonce's creative director. He also co-produced and recorded vocals for tracks on the L-Vis 1990 album, 'Neon Dreams.'

The Planas mix of 'Finest Hour' by (Exceptional Blue labelmates) Submotion Orchestra has reached over 200,000 YouTube views.

Toby is currently writing, producing and playing bass with Gentleman's Dub Club (he's an original member).

"Absolutely stunning"
Tom Middleton
"Amazingly beautiful"
Mary Anne Hobbs
"As • “As soAs sophisticated as dubstep gets, yet still delivering real intensityphisticated as dubstep gets, yet still delivering real intensity"
Mixmag
"I can’t really fault this record"
DJ