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Obsession EP
PHONICA 015
25 May 15
Techno
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Obsession - (5:52) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Show Interest - (5:09) 126 BPM
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Eye Contact - (6:03) 123 BPM
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Rise Fall Run - (7:08) 120 BPM
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Review: Previously responsible for an excellent release on Willie Burns' WT label last year, Art Crime's Obsession proves that his 2014 debut was no fluke. The title track kick-starts the release with a classic deep house sound as a warm, fluid bass provides the backing for melancholic pads and dreamy keys. It's like Chris Gray in serene form. "Rise Fall Run" is tougher and involves harder beats, steely drums and razor sharp percussion, but clearly he can't resist himself and similarly dreamy keys work their way into the arrangement. The only exception to Art Crime's musical house approach is "Show Interest", where tough drums and a murky bass see him pursue a more malevolent sound.
L'Avventura EP
PHONICA 017
09 Jun 17
Deep House
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L'Avventura (dub) - (7:03) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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L'Avventura (Main) - (7:36) 120 BPM
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Nokturn - (6:15) 80 BPM
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HG - (6:57) 120 BPM
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Review: Since making his debut on Rhythm Section International in 2016, Polish producer Earth Trax has proved to be one of the major players in the revivalist dream house movement. He's at it again here, delivering another swathe of tactile, ear-pleasing and mood-enhancing cuts. "L'Aventura" is available in two tasty variations, both of which are underpinned by snappy drum hits and thickset synth bass. The "Main" mix makes great use of fluttering synthesizer flute lines and cascading pianos, while the "Dub" is a little more stripped back and percussive despite the presence of plenty of humid synth sounds. Elsewhere, "Nokturn" is a masterful exercise in eyes-closed sunrise nostalgia, while closer "HG" massages your ears with all the sensuality of a forgotten Morenas production.
Orale
PHONICA 004
17 May 10
Minimal/Tech House
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Orale (original mix) - (6:49) 120 BPM
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Orale (Alex Picone remix) - (7:06) 123 BPM
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Orale (Sis remix) - (14:34) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Tension
PHONICA 001
13 Apr 09
Minimal/Tech House
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Tension (original mix) - (9:06) 122 BPM
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Tension (Appleblim & Al Tourettes remix) - (8:30) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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African Drug
PHONICA 006
29 Oct 10
Minimal/Tech House
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African Drug (Four Tet remix) - (11:48) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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African Drug (T Williams remix) - (8:42) 126 BPM
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African Drug (T Williams Keye mix) - (5:54) 126 BPM
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African Drug (original mix) - (7:55)
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African Drug
PHONICA 006
26 Jul 10
Minimal/Tech House
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African Drug (Four Tet remix) - (11:48) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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African Drug (T Williams remix) - (5:54) 126 BPM
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African Drug (T Williams Keye mix) - (8:42) 126 BPM
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African Drug (original mix) - (7:55)
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Dub Praise
PHONICA 002
20 Jul 09
Minimal/Tech House
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Dub Praise (original mix) - (7:44) 126 BPM
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Dub Praise (The Revenge remix) - (6:42) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Greane
PHONICA 013
21 Jul 14
Deep House
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Greane - (10:37) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Gigha - (8:04) 115 BPM
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Review: It's been almost two years since we last spotted LOTI on Phonica. Since then he's made some awesome documents on the likes of Permanent Vacation, Firecracker and Catune, constantly whittling his sharp, timeless techno stick with the perfect amount of subtle drama. "Greane" leads the charge with a majestic 10 minute production; lolloping with equal amounts of comic soul and techno attitude, he conjures a powerful sense of atmosphere before dropping into a moment of guitar-shimmered bliss (in a way that's not too far from his fellow countrymen Silicone Soul) Meanwhile on "Gigha" we're treated to a softer palette of sounds as a tubular riff slowly evolves into a string-drenched serenade. As the original riff morphs into a sinewy acid lick, the strings take hold with classical theatrics. Drop at the right time and there won't be a dry eye in the house.
Year Of The City EP
PHONICA 008
12 Nov 12
Deep House
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Year Of The City - (7:30) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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FS01 - (2:36) 124 BPM
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Forkx - (7:23) 120 BPM
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Lost Empire - (2:25) 157 BPM
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Review: Since surfacing with prime fromage-free edit material for Cole Medina's American Standard label, Scottish producer Lord Of The Isles has graduated to fully fledged original productions with some great releases on quality imprints like Cocktail D'Amour, Ene and the lesser spotted Unthank label. A freshly announced debut on Shevchenko adds to his growing cache, as does Year Of The City, this excellent four track induction on the newly relaunched Phonica label. A hallmark of any release from Lord Of The Isles is a nice balance of styles and this EP is no different. The title track sets the tone, as the producer invites us on a journey into the dark heavily arpeggiated future, one driven by some brilliantly loose rhythms. Following this, "FS01" eschews the need for drums, instead implementing all manner of atmospheric drama via some brilliant synth play, while "Forkx" is a full on Motor City Soul epic. "Lost Empire" is an ambient outro whose brief duration has you begging for more.
Play The Game
PHONICA 005
13 Jan 14
Bass
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Play The Game (original mix) - (6:10) 138 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Leitmotif (feat Furiku - Midland remix) - (6:52)
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Play The Game (Dexter remix) - (8:10)
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Head Down (original mix) - (6:21)
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Play The Game
PHONICA 005
02 Aug 10
Bass
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Midland - "Play The Game" (original mix) - (6:10) 138 BPM
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Midland & Furiku - "Leitmotif" (Midland remix) - (6:52) Biggest-selling track on this release
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Midland - "Play The Game" (Dexter remix) - (8:10)
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Midland - "Head Down" (original mix) - (6:21)
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Moonwalker
PHONICA 009
11 Nov 13
Techno
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Marlborol Noir - (7:23) 113 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Suomi Kutsuu - (5:54) 116 BPM
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Moonwalker - (6:23) 128 BPM
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Review: In line with the ever present allure of coldwave synths and soundtrack sensibilities in house music, Phonica serve up this colourful trio of jams from emergent Michigan producer North Lake. Following on from appearances on Sweatshop and Resista, here Isaac Delongchamp gets to further demonstrate his gift for warm synths and intricate melodies over the simplest of grooves. "Marlborol Noir" is all fuzzy basslines and haunting leads, while "Suomi Kutsusu" is of a much sunnier disposition with its open-topped chords and nagging open hats. "Moonwalker" veers towards electro territory with its illustrious arpeggios and uptempo strut rounding off a rich and varied EP of up-to-the-minute synth house.
Social Music
PHONICAWHITE 011
16 Oct 15
Techno
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Social Music - (9:25) 122 BPM
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Change - (10:48) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Black Acid EP
PHONICA 018
10 Mar 17
Techno
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Too Hot To Sleep - (4:34) 128 BPM
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Troubled Mind - (7:22) 120 BPM
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Black Acid - (5:08) 120 BPM
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Work & TV - (5:45) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Played by: Domshe
Review: Roman Flugel has been making electronic music for about a quarter of a century, but as Black Acid demonstrates, his productions show no sign of getting stale. "Too Hot To Sleep" is the big dance floor cut here; centring on a jittery, shaky minimal house groove and a sub-bass that's inspired by 2-step's darkest excesses, it's an unforgettable, individualistic track. "Troubled Mind" is slower and more abstract, but provides a neat segue into the title track. There, Flugel brings together many of his influences, including electro drums, minimal house and the melodies of IDM. "Work & TV" features one further surprise, with Flugel reverting to the minimal sounds of "Sleep", this time without the foreboding London bass.
Through The Rings Of Saturn EP
PHONICA 014
02 Mar 15
Techno
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Communication Breakdown (original mix) - (6:47) 124 BPM
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Through The Rings Of Saturn - (6:49) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Orbiting Around - (6:54) 84 BPM
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Communication Breakdown (Moreira's Spacedub) - (6:28) 120 BPM
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Review: Although the phrase 'rings of Saturn' will be forever associated with Jeff Mills' benchmark album of that name, S Moreira & Xinner do a good job of providing an alternative view of the cosmos on Phonica's latest release. The pair favours a less dramatic approach than the Detroit artist, but their release is still reflective and esoteric. The title track sees a stripped, metallic rhythm evolve from dreamy textures, while jazzy keys noodle their way over the sparse drums of "Orbiting Around". Best of all though is "Communication Breakdown", where hypnotic electronic sequences seep through a robust framework of doubled-up claps and staccato drums.
Ten Years Of Phonica
PHONICADD 001
24 Feb 14
Deep House
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Joe Claussell presents Teenage Music - "Them Days Are Gone" (original mix) - (5:38) 123 BPM
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Henrik Schwarz - "Synthphonica" (original mix) - (7:55) 124 BPM
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John Morales - "Sitting In The Dark" (original mix) - (7:28) 120 BPM
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In Flagranti - "Outsider House" (original mix) - (6:58) 123 BPM
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Raudive - "Health" (original mix) - (6:10) 110 BPM
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Trevor Jackson - "RGBPM 3" (original mix) - (8:17) 120 BPM
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Medlar & Red Rackem - "Morning Light" (original mix) - (6:05) 120 BPM
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Lo Shea - "Home" (original mix) - (6:50) 122 BPM
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Moire - "Solar Signs" (original mix) - (5:14) 120 BPM
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STL - "Freaky Fingers" (original mix) - (9:01) 123 BPM
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Roman Flugel - "Giant Talking Vegetable" (original mix) - (5:59) 114 BPM
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I:Cube - "Chemise Africaine" (original mix) - (4:29) 128 BPM
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Juju & Jordash - "Quneitra" (original mix) - (7:44) 101 BPM
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Joakim - "EAHR" (original mix) - (8:41) 119 BPM
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Massimiliano Pagliara - "It's A Lately Thing" (original mix) - (7:02) 120 BPM
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Legowelt - "Lovecraftiannature" (original mix) - (5:54) 120 BPM
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Discodromo - "Boi" (original mix) - (5:55) 120 BPM
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DJ Kaos & Loudtone - "Buffalo Dub" (original mix) - (6:27) 119 BPM
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Mr G - "My Thursdayz" (original mix) - (6:14) 126 BPM
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Ol - "AMC Edit" (original mix) - (5:06) 126 BPM
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Lady Blacktronika - "Gods & Planets" (original mix) - (6:07) 124 BPM
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Panoram - "Alpha Marmara" (original mix) - (4:38)
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Psychemagik - "Triumph Of The Gods" (original mix) - (5:36) 101 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Iori - "Moon" (Steve Moore remix) - (7:18)
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Sad City - "Polymath" (original mix) - (5:59) 110 BPM
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North Lake - "Marlborol Noir" (original mix) - (7:23) 113 BPM
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Midland - "Play The Game" (original mix) - (6:10)
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Special Request - "Deflowered" (Kassem Mosse & Mix Mup remix) - (7:50) 115 BPM
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Bob Holroyd - "African Drug" (Four Tet remix) - (11:48) 126 BPM
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Iori - "Grit" (Skudge remix) - (6:32) 126 BPM
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Lord Of The Isles - "Forkx" (original mix) - (7:25) 120 BPM
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The Draughtsman - "Fade To Green" (original mix) - (6:10) 115 BPM
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Sandro Perri - "Love & Light" (Tom Croose remix) - (9:17)
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Phantom EP
PHONICA 016
24 Jun 16
Deep House
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Phantom - (6:09) 114 BPM
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After The Light - (4:04) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Agency - (4:10) 128 BPM
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Review: The sixteenth release from Phonica Records' offshoot label comes from occasional shop worker Will Lister. As debuts go, the Phantom EP is very impressive. Packed with fluid, rising and falling synth lines, rich deepness, jazz-flecked drums and rush-inducing electronics, all three tracks sound like they were inspired - in part, at least - by Floating Points' early house records on Eglo. This is particularly noticeable on the slowly building closer, "Agency", where jammed-out synth lines are smartly used to increase energy levels throughout. The EP's best moment, though, is undoubtedly the title track, which ranks among the most gleefully positive and well-produced debut tracks we've heard all year.
Can't Do Without
PHONICA 007
11 Apr 11
Funky/Club House
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Can't Do Without - (8:52) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
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Bareback - (9:16) 127 BPM
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Played by: OST & KJEX
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