phonica records welcomes spanish producer extraordinaire pional to it’s main label with the ‘xme / one night stand’ 12”. pional is miguel barros and the madrid based musician has been producing for over a decade. with a string of well received solo releases on hivern discs, permanent vacation, young turks and counter, remixing the likes of the xx, chairlift, the rapture, prins thomas and john talabot (who he also co-wrote the incredible ‘fin’ album ender ‘so will be now...’ with) as well as djing around the world, pional has been keeping very busy indeed. for his phonica release he has produced two versions of two very special tracks. on the a-side, ‘xme’ is a melancholic and uplifting electronic excursion with delicate flourishes of it’s synthesised melody becoming a real ear-worm throughout its six and a half minutes. the slower and more foreboding ‘quiet ceremony’ reinterpretation takes the same melody in a darker direction. on the other side, ‘one night stand’ is a bumping, stripped back and moody club track with ghostly vocals floating above metallic pads rising to a release of energy and emotion. the ‘slow drumapella’ lowers the tempo and alters the feel of the track, reducing its elements to a bare-bones drum track with the vocal, fx and pads eventually coming to the fore.
for phonicas landmark 20th release on the main label we go back to a classic from the same year the shop opened stereofuses casino ep, originally released on berlin label salo in 2003. the casino ep marked the first collaboration between martin wörner & thorsten diegel as stereofuse. they followed it up with a string of other 12inches for other labels but its this initial 12inch that has been fetching high prices second-hand as one of the most sought after releases on salo and for very good reason. a timeless ep sitting somewhere between house and techno (before tech-house became a disputed tag-line!) with the likes of ricardo villalobos & craig richards playing it regularly in their sets.
al zanders makes his debut on phonica’s main label after a sold-out release on sister label karakul and also wolf music, blind jack’s journey and his own az label. the double a-side kicks off with ‘there is rhythm’, a percussive house anthem with plenty of momemtum, a tom-tom bassline and ‘rhythm’ vocal samples and that’s even before the sun-soaked pads and euphoric synth stabs come in.
following on from last years exceptional ‘obsession ep’ from art crime is a budding young talent by the name of will lister. originally from lyme regis, will moved up to london to attend goldsmiths university and in his spare time he helps us out behind the counter here at the shop. when he’s not here at the shop you can also hear him playing records on his balamii radio show or his monthly club night, ‘the aten’. ‘the phantom ep’ is his production debut and we’re extremely happy to be putting it out on our main imprint. the title track opens up the ep with heavily reverbed pads, echoed claps, crunchy percussion and repetitive synth stabs that all work together to create spaced-out atmosphere that’s full of twist and turns. flipping over to the b-side, ‘after the light’ picks up the pace with a driving high-hat rhythm and full-bodied kicks that underpin warm piano keys and smooth synth lines. ‘agency’ closes proceedings by turning up the intensity to full with a masterclass in building tension.
stl has been a firm favourite of phonica records ever since his first releases surfaced in the early 2000s. although he is highly revered within the underground scene, hes always kept a low profile and consistently pursued his own blend of boundary pushing abstract and experimental house & techno. the majority of his music has been released through his own something imprint but his unique productions have also found a home on perlon, smallville and detroits echospace. the two tracks on the amplified bleep package ep marks his first contribution to phonicas white label series and were extremely happy have him on board.
russias art crime seemingly came out of nowhere with his first record and it blew us all away at phonica. lead track release was pure nineties house nostalgia, a huge reverbed piano over skipping drums that became an instant shop classic. we just couldnt get it out of our heads!
the prolific lord of the isles (aka scotlands neil mcdonald) has had a string of stunning 12 inches over the past few years on labels such as permanent vacation, unthank, shevchenko, mule and of course his four track > year of the city ep< on phonica, which was widely acclaimed upon its release in 2012. this time loti presents two long-form tracks, each a mini-masterpiece in itself. the 10 minute plus >greane< bursts into life after an intro of kicks and white noise hi-hats. it continues to slowly build, with pitch-bent synth lines and a pulsing bass-line making way for a melacholic shift in mood. truly original stuff! on the flip, a swirl of synthetic strings introduces ‘gigha’, in a manner that brings to mind rhythm is rhythm’s legendary ‘kao-tic harmony’, before the drums and infectious acid-line join in. over the 8 minutes they continue to interweave and play off each other to dazzling effect. artwork by jack featherstone, the designer of a number of sleeves for border community (including the highly praised campaign behind james holden’s ‘the inheritors’, its singles and live visuals), electric minds, warm and of course, phonica.
nice price deal !!! to celebrate reaching this milestone, phonica records have invited some of their favourite artists to produce a track for an eclectic yet cohesive compilation, which will hopefully go some way towards sonically unfolding the ten years of phonica. split across three cds or lps.
YOU WILL SOON FIND THAT LIFE IS WONDERFUL (180 G VINYL)
12" Vinyl UK24.05.13
phonica special editions first release for 2013 comes courtesy of new signing sad city. northern irish born, glasgow-based gary caruth might not be a household name just yet, but with an ep on cult us imprint underwater peoples already under his belt, its nsafe to say hes destined for great things
pressed on limited quantity 180g vinyl with high quality full colour sleeve. phonica special editions follow up their inaugural release with an ep featuring three remixes of singer, producer and toronto native, sandro perri. sandro has released more than a dozen solo and collaborative records under his given name as well as under the polmo polpo & glissandro 70 monikers, mainly on canadian cult imprint constellation.
pressed on 180gr vinyl... phonica records inaugurate a new series of releases that will fall under the special editions banner. a series that will feature collaborations, one-off releases and anything that doesnt fit into the main labels outlook. the first release comes from sinkane, a hotly tipped new artist from ny. sinkane is the project of sudanese-born musician ahmed gallab. gallab cut his own teeth as a youngster in the punk diy landscape of middle america, and then found himself touring far and wide as a member of yeasayer, caribou, eleanor friedberger, born ruffians, and of montreal. he has emerged from it all as sinkane, a project that identifies a renaissance within the space and spirit of the outposts of contemporary music. with an aesthetic range seamlessly shifting from soul to rock, and from jazz to pop, sinkanes vibe is timeless and the sound is now. runnin is a song taken from a collection of songs simply titled mars. on this limited edition 12 from londons phonica records, the album version of runnin is re-imagined as an increasingly dense longburn club jam by daphni (dan snaith of caribou fame) and as a more angular headjam by chandeliers of chicago
phonicas seventh release comes from paul woolford as he delivers a double dose of quality crossbreed dancefloor music taking his sound to new depths and illustrating hes an artist who never stops evolving. fresh from a tour with, and in advance of a release on planet e, paul woolford continues his rise to becoming one of the most important electronic music artists of the decade with his first release for phonica, a label who have unleashed some unrivalled quality cuts on their catalogue. opening this special double a-side 12 inch is >cant do without<, a bone-shaking record that is laced in originality. building up slowly from a tape-hiss-laden break, a low-slung bassline and a deep yearning vocal, >i cant do without you< is sublime dancefloor material. engaging from the outset with clever broken beats that build playfully into an emotive, psychedelic breakdown to get lost in, woolford demonstrates why he has achieved so much success in his game. on the flip >bareback< treads into dark acid territory that is a hybrid of techno and dubstep in a similar vein to actress and recent material from instra:mental / boddika
up next on phonicas main label we present harrison bdps life unlimited 12inch. over the past few years harry has burst onto the scene with a prolific run of releases for labels such as lost palms, piff and music is love, displaying a wide-ranging sonic palette whether it falls under classification as house, techno, electro, garage... or whatever else he turns his hand to! the 12inches lead track life unlimited starts off as a euphoric italo-flavoured piano-house banger before breaking down into a bleep-tastic middle and back again. it hits all the right spots and will no doubt tick all the boxes for djs looking for a sure-fire peak-time jam! on the b-side the music takes a deeper turn with the immaculately produced dub-techno of fish in the tank which is then followed by the stunning uk garage inspired its all good - this one gets seriously under your skin! its rare for a producer to nail such a variety of different styles on a single record, yet we feel this 12inch truly underlines harry’s versatility yet still displaying his signature sound. three very different tracks, all recognisably harrison bdp.
STILL HOPE FEAT. ANTHONY ANAXAGOROU / WAAJEED REMIX
12" Vinyl UK18.06.18
still hope is their second single and the follow up to motorway jam (their double a side with palms trax from late last year) which sees them collaborate with anthony anaxagorou, a british born cypriot award winning poet and essayist, whose poetry and fiction have appeared on bbc newsnight, bbc4, itv and vice. hearing his lyrics via their good friend simbad, secretsundaze connected with anthony and still hope is the fruit of their labour. the original is a potent and political spoken word piece delivered over a rolling house groove. definitely one for the deeper moments with its late night heady feel and full vocal not letting up. the poems in the heart floor version strips the vocal back and adds dramatic strings for a more direct dance floor approach. ex slum village detroit producer waajeed released a couple of killer eps in 2017 on his own dirt tech reck imprint so we had to get him aboard for the remix. his detroit hardcore dub does what is says on the tin and is a peak time slammer while his searching dub goes down a jazzier, spacey route with live sounding drums and dreamy pads.
earth trax is kruczynnski s take on strictly club material, yet channeling the very same baltic melancholy he uses in his other projects. following on from his 12inchs on rhythm section and dopeness galore, his phonica 12inch begins with lavventura, a deep yet glittering house production with a piano led melody we couldn’t get enough of, so we present two versions across the a-side. the main version is preceded by a fantastic dub version, shades of kerri chandler shine through on this one! on the flip his otherworldly interpretation of house and techno continues with nokturn and hg, both pad-rich, ethereal productions of the highest quality that perfectly compliment the a-side and round out the record in style.
based in berlin, slow life is a multidisciplinary collective of spanish and italian creatives led by percussionist sergio moreira. his production first caught the ears of phonica via a trilogy of highly impressive 12 inchs on the group’s slow life label, all of which were instant hits and flew out the shop. for this release, moreira teams up with xinner for three of the ep’s four tracks and the results are a spellbinding journey through deep, hypnotic techno, broken beats and submerged ambience. the artwork is once again by acclaimed visual artist jack featherstone, the designer of a number of sleeves for border community, electric minds, warm and of course, phonica.
following up from the stunning you will soon find that life is wonderful 12inch on phonicas special edi- tions imprint, sad city returns to the label with his new ep introduction to lisboa/ sloe. glasgow-based producer gary caruth has evolved a highly original sound deep, lush and widescreen electronics, from melancholic to ecstatic
ltd.repress! londons phonica records calls upon new talent midland for its fifth 12inch release, a four track ep that also includes a remix from dexter. the leeds-based producer is set to blow up in 2010, having announced his arrival last month with the >your words matter< 12inch on aus music, a collaboration with pal ramadanman.
okinawas finest, iori returns to phonica white with a brand spanking new track and two remixes of previous tracks from vril and phonica alumni raimo. phonica records are very excited to welcome back for the 7th phonica white release, the labels mainstay iori! the talented and recently relocated producer, is in excellent company on this ep with gieglings vril and our very own raimo offering remixes of previous iori
to celebrate reaching this milestone, phonica records have invited some of their favourite artists to produce a track for an eclectic yet cohesive compilation, which will hopefully go some way towards sonically unfolding the ten years of phonica. split across three cds