Joshua James: “'Journeys In Love' became a bit of a family affair… After we got the mix right, getting the grit from 'Coarse', we started talking about remixes and I suggested Joe Goddard. He’d been one of my early supporters from The 2 Bears raves and he’s one of the reasons I started at XOYO, and he obviously delivered a total pump. I also wanted to stay true to my queer beginnings and asked the Super Drama guys to rework the record and it’s really sick!"
Released 27th September 2019, we've got a handful of 12"s left on our web store for just £7 a copy here
C.Y.M. introduced a new collaborative partnership to Phantasy, a union between British producer and DJ Mike Greene (otherwise known as Fort Romeau) and LA-based American musician Chris Baio, known for his work as Baio and for playing bass in the acclaimed band Vampire Weekend.
Their debut, self-titled EP, released November 2019, was an elegant hymn to the infinite possibilities of kosmische music, driven by a motorik strain of psychedelia. Three fluid and elegant compositions offer a subtle and modern update on imagined futures that are still open to interpretation. From the chugging fuzz of ‘Capra’, the knotty kraut rhythm of ‘Far Gone’ and the soaring, elegant ‘Super Cannes’, C.Y.M. 's self-titled debut is already a gem within the Phantasy back catalogue.
TERR: "Energy Sync was the first song I composed after I moved to Berlin. It was December and I wasn’t used to a real winter as I lived most of my life in Brazil and Spain. I realised that the winter is an incredible season to make music - stay inside, focus on your inner self and it comes...
I started jamming with some breakbeats and a bass the the vocals and lyrics just came, it was very easy. Then I wrote the melodies and started to work on the arrangements... I love the way it sounds, reminds me of some melancholic eighties music and 2000's electro, but with a modern touch.
After it was ready I simply couldn't stop working on it, so I decided to make a second version - a bit Hi-NRG influenced, raw, stronger and more direct.
I think the lyrics are really simple and effective - what is better in this life when you meet someone and your energies simply synchronize?"
'Energy Sync' was released on Phantasy on 29th November 2019. There's a few copies left of the 12" vinyl on our web store here
Released late in 2019, PH95 once again saw James Welsh continue his run of exemplary club singles on Phantasy with 'Sitting/Rubber Dog'.
With a rolling, dystopian bass line alongside a hypnotic and memorable vocal sample (courtesy of influential American composer Alvin Lucier) 'Sitting's initially clinical aesthetic blossoms masterfully into an intoxicating and emotive synth melody. It's a progression identified at the time of release by long-running Welsh enthusiast Midland as, “having a very classic Room One at Fabric feel.”
On the contrary, 'Rubber Dog' stays true to its absurdist title, as Welsh dials his analogue assistance to a head-spinning maximum, pulping out an unwieldy jam that blends industrial and electro influences to riveting and darkly psychedelic effect.
'Sitting/Rubber Dog' is available to stream and download here
Erol Alkan: "I've known Paul since the mid 00's, I can't recall exactly which nights we shared the bill on, but there were a definate few Wax On parties in Leeds we'd both played at, and I always saw him as a brilliant Dj first and foremost. It wasn't until he made 'Erotic Discourse' (one of my favourite records of 2006? or it could have been 2005 as I bought it out of Phonica as a white label) that I realised his love of psychedelic, electronic music was informing such simple, yet effective dance music. It's really hard to make records like 'Erotic Discourse' as they seem so obvious, but as the same time, nobody had made that record before. That's the beauty of music, you're sure you've known a track the very first time you hear it, but can never place quite where or by whom.
Paul’s releases as Special Request have served me very well indeed as a DJ ever since the alias first came to life, and I’m far from the only one. The first ever Special Request release was in fact a remix of Daniel Avery's ‘Taste’ on Phantasy itself, back in 2012. It’s a record I still love, and Paul has been consistent and innovative ever since. He's also a really decent human being.
By late 2019, ‘Spectrum’ had taken on a life of its own, so it felt right to invite Paul back to reinvent it once more. The original track has its roots in both acid-house and krautrock, whereas the foundation of Special Request is harder techno and DnB. I wasn't expecting two but both these remixes arrived exactly as I’d wished; a powerful mix of all those elements and more, expansive tracks that are still full of character and nuance. I first played it out at Printworks exactly a year ago, in the main hall, and simply writing this is making me a little wistful to get back to nightclubs. Hope we aren't too far now."
Special Request's 'Spectrum' remixes were our first release of 2020, on 24th January. We've got just 5 copies of the 12" left on our web store here
Joshua James: "It was a friend of mine showed me the film 'The Blue Angel' when I first moved to London and I’ve been in love with Marlene Dietrich ever since. Her voice has always captivated me and I wanted to incorporate it into a record when I found the Dietrich interviews! The delivery and the subject were perfection so I built the record around it. Old Hollywood and techno…the dream."
Joshua James continued a run of infectious singles on Phantasy with a brooding, dreamlike turn into the night on ‘Marlene’, accompanied by two contrasting remixes from Swiss master, Deetron.
The record was released 28th February 2020, and we've got a couple of the 12"s left in stock on our web store here