Like many techno records, The Fifth Planet references science fiction, but Artefakt's take is strikingly utopian. The 909-esque percussion in "From Our Minds To Yours" is smooth and edgeless, and it sinks easily into Koek and Lapien's aqueous soundscape. Its uplifting ambient melodies pass over the drums like cloud wisps, giving "From Our Minds To Yours" a slender yet distinctive shape.
A pulsing chord casts a slight shadow over "The Fifth Planet"'s expansive terrain, but its mood is otherwise free of foreboding overtones. It's 11 minutes, which is long even for Artefakt, and its changes are glacial, but those gradual transformations cast their spell in no time at all. Comparatively, "Transit" is somewhat disappointing. Its detuned, droopy acid phrases feel stale, and undermine the sense of mystery that makes the rest of The Fifth Planet so seductive.