Published May 25, 2016On Planet 4, Trus'me's fourth LP, the Manchester-based producer completes the shift he started with 2013's Treat Me Right, away from the soulful and organic house of his first two records and towards something more streamlined and mechanical. On Treat Me Right, Trus'me flirted with techno; here, he's embraced it fully.
Planet 4 is a set of functional techno tracks that will likely perform well on dim and smoky dance floors. If you're looking for some deep, dark and propulsive loop-based dance music, this record will definitely satisfy. It's good work, even if, one must admit, there's not much here that can't be found elsewhere.
Trus'me's inspiration for Planet 4 was reportedly the discovery of water on Mars, and he's tied the album together with spoken samples that sound like they come from sci-fi movies (perhaps they do). He's right to try to unify the record and give it a sense of cohesion in this way, but the association of techno music with the future and outer space is a bit staid at this point, and the marketing of Planet 4 as "intergalactic techno" doesn't really help to make sense of the work. The result is that while the music itself is worth a listen, the album's presentation makes it come off just a little trite. (Prime Numbers)