Cowboy Rhythmbox 'We Got The Box' was their debut release on Phantasy, out on 10th November 2014 on 12" vinyl and copies are sold out.
Six years on from it's release in 2014, 'Rattle' is still an incredible dance record, it manages to be as functional as it is dysfunctional; a quality I love in music. 'We Got The Box' is very different, yet the same. Does any of this make sense? Probably not. I suppose this juxtaposition is key to their records, and since PH41, we've released 4 further singles, each one as brilliant and confused - in the best possible way - in equal measures. Stay tuned."
The music video for their debut video on Phantasy, 'We Got The Box', was directed by Lewis Kyle White. Nathan Gregory Wilkins said when speaking to FACT about the music video that it was "A video piece in celebration of repetition, based on a dream I had where I was trapped in a box, in an video arcade, in the early 1980s. It’s a long story.”
PH42 + PH43
PH42 saw the kingpin of transcendent German techno, Rødhåd, deliver a deep and rolling take on Drone Logic’s title track, armed with a sweeping breakdown that still causes madness. Occasional Avery production partner Volte-Face revisited ‘Platform Zero’ and Silent Servant added a foggy, atmospheric touch to ‘Spring 27’.
Ø [Phase] christened PH43 with a subtle, liquid techno do-over of Naive Response, in contrast with the acid-tinged, industrial stomp of Conforce’s ‘Simulrec’ remix. Finally, reliably unpredictable London producer Powell reduced ‘Water Jump’ to mechanical squelch not without a hint of menace.
Both were released on special remix 12"s and have sold out.
Almost 15 years later, I was asked to contribute to Fabric's brilliant mix series, and part of the agreement is that you include an exclusive track of your own. Somewhere in the middle of the mix lay 'Sub Conscious'. FabricLive 77 is my personal favourite of all my electronic mixes, the second half lay the blueprint of what I feel I try to achieve still today, so the experience of producing it was pretty important.
As the track was exclusive to the mix, in 2014 we issued a 12" with remixes from Tin Man and a brand new signing to the label at the time, Kamera who you may know better as James Welsh. I love both of these mixes, and I still play the Tin Man mix out to this day, it's one of the best remixes I've ever had back."
The remixes were pressed onto 12" vinyl and released on 19th January 2015. Copies are sold out. Discover more here about Erol Alkan's new release of 'Sub Conscious' with Manfredas remixes.
PH45 was another debut on Phantasy from Kamera. Although you may know him better under his own name, James Welsh, ‘Arc’ was an EP that marked the beginning of an important and consistent journey between Welsh and Phantasy. Inspired by the nineties heyday of Warp Records and bands such as Old Man Gloom and Sumac, ‘Arc’ was a heady brew that cracked open a bold new corner for the label.
Owing as much to the “boundary pushing experimentation of the likes of Autechre or Sabres of Paradise as it does to any open minded, contemporary dance floor”, ‘Arc’ features four tracks that traverse different shades of electronic darkness. The monumental acid drama of ‘Prince Valium’ perfectly tees up the complex, voluminous IDM-influenced ‘Cold Land’. Slowing the tempo but not the atmosphere, ‘SR’ is a militant, rhythmic assault that builds and the some, before ‘Arcsecond’ dramatically kisses off the arrival of Kamera in a dense fog of guitar feedback atop a curren of underlying, menacing electronics.
The video for 'Cold Land' was Phantasy's first 360º music video, directed and animated by Dan W Jacob.
Reuben Wu did the photograph that appears on the sleeve artwork for the 'Arc' EP, released 11th May 2015. We have the last few copies of the 12" on our web store here
Ghost Culture’s shimmering outsider electro-pop continued it’s remix saga with a sage contribution from Running Back boss and ‘DJ’s DJ’/nicest man in Frankfurt, Gerd Janson, working in collaboration with occasional production partner and warehouse techno connoisseur, Shan.
Not content with one interpretation of ‘Mouth’, the German duo kept the thrills coming with a club mix, an instrumental, an ‘808 Culture dub’ and a slick acid version. Upon release, Resident Advisor commented on the “parping rave whistles”, and five years on, they’re just as sweet to savour on the floor.
The remix 12" was released on vinyl in 2015, and copies have long sold out.
PH47 saw one of Phantasy’s favourite producers, Matthew Dear, once again don his Audion persona in order to turn in a thoroughly psychedelic techno rinse-out of Ghost Culture’s ‘Lucky’. Originally a haunting and memorable vision of baroque electronic-pop, the magical-realist nuance of 'Lucky' was wonderfully transferred to film in the track’s bewitching video, courtesy of John Christian Ferner Apalnes.
Layered, acidic and frankly, outright wonky, Audion balanced out this madness with a so fresh, so clean dub that nonetheless can’t resist Ghost Culture’s earnest vocal touch or the beautiful chords resting at it’s centre.
The remix 12" featured Audion's remix and dub, as well as the original version, and it was released 11th September 2015.
Riding on a wave of DJ support from the diverse likes of Carl Craig, Seth Troxler, Roman Flugel and Lena Willikens, the second EP from Cowboy Rhythmbox on Phantasy hit even harder than their much-loved debut. ‘Fantasma’ takes its cue from early sample fetishists Yello, a compelling, sensual and rather muscular piece of industrial house music underpinned with a series of mesmerising, cavernous breakdowns.
Described at the time as “the sound of a ride on the world's biggest ghost train”, it was matched on the flip by equally offbeat and percussive treats, delivered in a style that the Cowboys had already well established as their own.
Later that year, PH48RMX was served courtesy of West Country rave kingpin Kowton, who transformed Fantasma into a memorable, sub-heavy roller, “the sound of Bristol meeting Blackpool Pier.”
'Fantasma' was released 31st August 2015 and copies of the EP and the remix 12" are long sold out.
Kamera's ‘Ventoux’ EP was then passed over to a sonically diverse school of producers for further remix adjustments. Californian techno mastermind Truncate did his minimalist, enigmatic thing to ‘Consignia’ whereas the elusive Yaleesa Hall nearly bursts the monitors on their wonderfully muddy take on the same track.
PH49RMX2 passed the baton over to two well-established linchpins of the UK scene in the form of George FitzGerald and Throwing Snow, who each contributed singular and dramatic takes from their respective sonic worlds of Kamera's 'Ventoux' and 'Consignia'.
There's a few copies of the remix 12" left on our webstore here