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There are also, probably in every culture, in every civilization, real places–places that do exist and that are formed in the very founding of society–which are something like counter-sites, a kind of effectively enacted utopia in which the real sites, all the other real sites that can be found within the culture, are simultaneously represented, contested, and inverted.

– Michel Foucault

You’ve already heard two songs from Heterotopia and with the tape set to hit the web tomorrow, it’s time to give a little love to the full experience. Watch this space and this space tomorrow and enjoy. Huge shout to Arkitect, Kid Antoine, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf, Air Max ’97, Victoria Kim, Imaabs, Rushmore, Divoli S’vere, Mike G, Celestial Trax, Riley Lake and Iglooghost for turning in exceptionally creative tracks. And Jesse Treece for fashioning the poignant visual side of Heterotopia. Made this process far easier than it should have been.

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With only five (!) days remaining until the release of Heterotopia, our comrades over at Truants were kind enough to debut the second track from the compilation, Jacques Gaspard Biberkopf‘s dysphoric “Public Love”. Equal parts Jersey club heat rock and crumbling approximation of the dancefloor edifice, Biberkopf’s contribution to Heterotopia might be the most spatially aware take on the topic. In the words of Truants’ excellent Tobias Shine:

JGB seems to take the theme literally, establishing a widescreen architecture that hones in in the absurdity of Jersey club through dehydrated textures and his trademark use of voice. In a far away room, someone tinkers on a piano. As the arms of power continue to strangle public space, whether through surveillance or the monetization of Soundcloud, the Astral Plane remind us of the powerful political agency ‘real’ club space offers.

The Berlin-based producer approaches music with an understated gleam, but his club constructions are a world within themselves, a funhouse mirror shone brilliantly on the simulacrum of the contemporary “world” city. Heterotopia will be released through our web channels on Tuesday, October 21, but be on the look out for another premiere or two in the meantime!

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For the past several months, The Astral Plane team has been working towards releasing original music and the day has finally come to announce our first compilation. Heterotopia is a collection of twelve songs from twelve of our favorite artists, but also an investigation into club space, both figurative and literal, and an attempt to give voice to so-called fringe voices of the dance music world. Artists from New York, London, Chile, Copenhagen, Sydney and beyond contributed and while the tape is firmly rooted in the club music continuum, our goal in coalescing a global group of artists is to stretch, perforate and dissolve the physical and rhetorical limits inherent in the contemporary dance music discussion. Tom Lea at FACT Mag was kind enough to announce Heterotopia and premiere Kid Antoine‘s “Nightvision” today, stating that “if you’re looking for future key players from the underground this is as good a place to start as any.” Jesse Treece contributed the incredible album art work and Riley Lake, who also contributed a song to the compilation, worked diligently on the mastering to bring the best in every track. Heterotopia will be released on October 21 and over the coming weeks we’ll release much more music and information regarding the tape. In the meantime, get down to the ruggedly beatific sounds of “Nightvision” and peep the full track list below.

Track list:
Arkitect – Foucault’s Dream
Kid Antoine – Nightvision
Jacque Gaspard Biberkopf – Public Love
Air Max ’97 – Chasm
Victoria Kim – Apgu Freeway
Imaabs – Cautiverio
Rushmore – Moment X
Divoli S’vere – Free Bitch
Mike G – Limestone
Celestial Trax – Illuminate
Riley Lake – Euclidean Riddim
Iglooghost – Wood Farm