Liverpool artist Stu Robinson aka ASOK steps up to Creme Organization with a debut full length offering, A Mind Forever Voyaging, due out spring 2016. Featuring ten tracks of macho yet melodic, tender yet tense analogue house and techno, it is a continuation of the fine work the Scenery Records boss has done for labels like M>O>S and Mistress in the last few years.
Something of a late starter, Robinson has fomented his own mystical, nostalgic, inventive analogue sound that makes you jack, as well as conjuring real emotions with his great knack for melody. This album was recorded live then edited down. “So if something doesn’t sound good it either stays in or I re-record the whole thing,” says Robinson, who used things like Maschine, tb303, analog RYTM, JX-8P, Microkorg, some plugins and “a shit load of old rave samples” to create his debut full length. All written at home over a period of a year or so, it proves the artist has plenty of ideas and more than enough skills to carry them off.
Things kick off with the blissfully ambient and horizontal ‘Loom’ before getting straight into the action with ‘The Killing Gameshow’ which has already proved big on dance floors when road tested. Featuring spangled, naughty sounding synths and spacious kicks, it’s a writhing and unpredictable beast that slowly but surely casts you under its spell. ‘Side Scrolling’ shows ASOK to be an inventive drum programmer and lover of off-time hits and bass spits, then ’Three Sisters’ “is the only ever fully composed piece of music I have managed to create, written for my three girls,” says the artist. It is a beautifully suspensory ode with tender keys raining down the face of heavenly chords and pixel thin synths. ‘Guardian Dragon’ is a much more militant cut with raw hits and frazzled synths, old school stabs and dehumanised vocals all coalescing in a wide open space.
The fine fusion of melodic beauty and drum based brutality continues through the experimental trip that is ‘Journey Through Fractal Mountain’ and the ghoulish, spitting ‘Visible Differences,’ while ‘1997’ is named after what was the finest year in drum & bass and features a synth line from Final Chapter boss Sean Dixon. Deep and atmospheric, dubby and filled with expert sound design and curious motifs, it makes way for more deep space ambiance in ‘Lost Patrol.’ Closer ’Utopia’ is one of the first tracks Robinson ever made, but you wouldn’t know it with its masterfully off-grid drums and synth smears, metal textures and absorbing sense of broken groove.
This is a coherent body of truly inventive work that plays with the rules and regulations as we know it. All unified by a sense of emotion and kinked dance floor groove that has been picked up over the course of 25 years of living and breathing many different forms of dance music, it is an accomplished debut.
"Interesting album... I need a proper listen but at a first quick listening I like "The killing game show" and "Utopia""
Ksoul (Ksoul & MuteOscillator, TORINO)
"really liked this dudes stuff in the past. will download and get properly into it. sounds great on first listen"
Doc Daneeka (Numbers)
"Really nice deep album. Utopia reminds me the beginning of "Acid Eiffel" nice track in that deep legacy."
Fabrice Lig (Planet E, Biesme-Sous-Thuin)
"Thank you so much!!"
Matt (Pack Up And Dance Recordings)
Jamie Russell (Hypercolour Ltd, Bristol)
"Visible Differences and 1997 speak to me most directly, have to have a good listen to the whole album though."
Deejay Raoul (Syncom Data)
"what a great album! will review + play for sure"
Joe Europe (The Ransom Note)
"sorry, not for me."
"some interesting stuff here - got the feels for "journey through fractal mountain" and "visible differences" for sure, but overall this album is pretty damn impressive. sleeper bombs on this one."
Eric Cloutier (The Bunker NY, Berlin)
"Feeling 'Utopia' and 'Guardian Dragon'"
"Full support already heard a few and Asok is dfntly a badbwoy"
Dj Simbad (Various / Worldwide / Browsnwood Rec.)
"Great album, love the sort of wonky and sometimes unhinged funk here. Journey through fractal mountain Utopia are my favorites."
Najem Sworb (Clone, Ai)
"the killing game show, three sisters and utopia are very good :)"
Jan Kinčl Zero (Radio808, Zagreb)
"yes ! ll listen carefully thx"
GoldFFinch (Valence, Turbo)
Rivet (Kess Kill / Kontra-Musik, Malmö)
"yeah - this is amazing."
"Great sounding album!"
Ryan James Ford (Marcel Dettmann Records, Berlin)
"Love this release! sounding great!"
Andrea (Ilian Tape)
"Nice varied release Visible Differences for me."
Dirt Crew/ Break 3000 (EPM Music, Dirt Crew, Berlin)
"some great work on here... Utopia is a beauty."
Kirk Degiorgio (ART, Ipswich, Suffolk)
"Oh nice, just uploaded as a torrent"
DJ TLR (Creme Organization, Den Haag)
"Sounds really dope! WIll d-load and dive into."
Dario Zenker (Ilian Tape)
"Loom, Side Scrolling and Three Sisters. Great."
"Hearing some great things in here, will give it a closer listen. Thank you!"
Mirella Kroes (Motiv, Amsterdam)
"Good work again from ASOK, great production all over here!"
Discrete Circuit (AWAY, Berlin)
"Solid album in Creme Organization style."
Pawel Gzyl (Nowa Muzyka, Krakow)
"not for me"
Vince Watson (Cocoon / Ovum / Planet E / Poker Flat / Yoruba, Amsterdam)
"This is a great album. All songs are well produced. Too many favorites to list. Thanks!"
Santiago Salazar (Historia y Violencia, San Gabriel)
Tommy Four Seven 
"Guardian Dragon is the pick for me on first listen but this is a pretty special record overall. Kudos to ASOK and Creme on this one quality throughout."
Paul Mac (Stimulus Records, Essex)
"Cool one, with soul and emotion !! My favorites are Three Sisters - almost you can feel the parental love, very profound, Utopia, Visible Differences ... Congrats Mr Stu ! ;) Thanks !"
Andrew Red Hand (M>O>S Recordings, Twilight 76, Matrix Records, Databass, Detroit Techno Militia, Cratesavers, Iasi)
"thank you for the music!"
Dj T (GET PHYSICAL MUSIC GMBH, Berlin)
"Great stuff from Mr Robinson - there's a lot to digest on first listen, but Utopia sounds like my favourite so far...Cheers."
"unsurprisingly great! thx"
Ben Sims (Symbolism, London)
"Great Album! Loom is soooo f****** lovely deep! Thanks"
Roman Lindau (Fachwerk, Berlin)
"cracking album, guardian dragon is a firm favourite"
skyland mountain (scenery, Liverpool)
"Visible Differences is proper"
Dense & Pika (Kneaded Pains)
"The Penguin is back with an awesome album! THIS IS GOOD! Love it!"
Dimi Angélis (A&S, ANGLS, Traut Muzik) (Dimi Angélis, Amsterdam)
"sounds really nice"
Marco Zenker (Ilian Tape)
"TOP WORK STUBOOOO >> Gonna need sometime to work through this little lot ..."
Owain Kimber (Innate, Bristol)
"Pretty much up my alley. Nice work!"
Basic Soul Unit (Lab.our Union Creative, Toronto, ON)
"considering download for r hawtin"
ASOK (M>O>S, Mistress, Creme, Scenery, Liverpool)
"not for me"
Sascha Dive (Deep Vibes Recordings)
"many great tracks here. thanks!"
Marcel Heese (Tresor, Finitude, Berlin)
"need some time to listen to an album probably, but on first glance it seems like another great release from CO"
Huxley (Aus Music)
"Lots of goodies! Thanks!"
Truncate/Audio Injection (Truncate, Los Angeles)
"massive fan of this dude, previews sound great but i'm going to dl and spend some quality time with it."
James Fox / Severn Beach (Audio Culture / KMAH Radio, Bristol)
"To be played on specialised electronic music program Full Frequency on RTRFM 92.1 Perth Western Australia. Show is aired weekdays from 3pm til 5pm (GMT+8)"
Craig Hollywood (RTRFM)
"on point from a to z... will use on 22 tracks"
Tomaz (22tracks, Sint Pieters Leeuw)
"ASOK on fine form, wonderful stuff."
Tom Dicicco (Delsin/The Corner, Northampton)
Dodi Palese (What Ever Not - Engrave Ltd, Italy)
"this is great"
Chrissy (The Nite Owl Diner, Brooklyn)
"great album no fillers"
Kuczera (Intergalactic FM, heerlen)
"Very, very good! His best work to date"
Darko Esser (Doornroosje, Nijmegen)
"'Fractal Mountain' and 'Three Sisters' the stand outs for me, 'Guardian Dragon' and 'Visible Differences' would be my club picks, but an overall coherent album that will get many plays"
Circular Rhythms (Scenery)
"Good work Stu"
Massiande (MOS Recordings, Santiago)
"Great album will listen properly :D"
Charlton (Poverty is Violence / Mord, Berlin)
"not quite feeling this one."
Electric Indigo (indigo:inc)
"Interesting. Will give this a closer listen. Thanks."
Peter van Hoesen (Time To Express, Berlin)
"Guardian Dragon / Journey Through Fractal Mountain and Visible Differences sound really good. Not what I usually play in my sets, but interesting stuff anyway. Great album, thanks!"
Angel Molina (Sonar Music, Barcelona)
"Visible Differences and Utopia will get spins...juicy!"
Mad Mats (Local Talk Records, Hägersten)
"Into Visible Differences!"
Marsman (Pinkman Records, Rotterdam)
"Nice album. Love it. Thanks"
Zadig (Construct Re-Form, ROUEN)
"great , thanks!"
Jonas Kopp (Traut / Manzel, Berlin)
"Fantastic LP. Full support."
"Really dig Utopia! Thanks"
DJ Bone (Subject Detroit)
"asok is great"
Chille jr. (Night Moves@Framed.fm, Croatia)
"downloaded for r hawtin"
Richie Hawtin (M-nus, Berlin)
John Osborn (Tanstaafl Records, Berlin)
"Great full listen!"
Jazzface (DJ Jazzface/URB Magazine, Stavanger)
"An excellent insight into the mind of one of the most diverse producers around at the moment. Moments of full on euphoria (Three Sisters) and also flashbacks of days gone by with what could be the bastard child of rave itself (Guardian Dragon) Still keeping his computer game theme going also with Side Scrolling which i think is amazing, this has something for everyone. Stu hits the spot yet again."
Damo (Outta Limits Radio Show, Greater Manchester)
"Good album all over...like the rawness here"
Luis Rozalén (Clubbing Spain)
"Track 2, 3, 7 personal highlights for moi"
Randomer (Hemlock, London)
"all sounding good on first listen, sure I'll like it even more when I get into it..."
Dan Curtin (Metamorphic, Berlin)
"love these thanx guys"
Slam (Soma Records)
"GREAT ALBUM -- will present on my radio show"