After he debuted on BPitch Control with the sublime Velvet Rag EP (BPC316), the Berlin-based producer Phon.o is back with three more of his effective hybrid tracks. The Fractions EP starts moving with the hypnotic drive of Run, in which the dramatic arrangement of the partly frisky, partly menacing Detroit strings evokes nostalgic memories – file under soulful big room material. Followed by Brooklyn Shuffle with its swinging flow at 128 BPM, Phon.o is building another bridge between London, New York, and Berlin by unfolding his UK garage sound, including 2-step drums, melodic synths, and the well-known vocal bits.
Finally, the subsonic bass lines and reduced percussion of the emotional title track Fractions create a dark and gloomy atmosphere which is counteracted with a contemplative melancholy, courtesy of the heavily manipulated vocals. No ifs, no buts: Phon.o is on fire right now.
RELEASE: Digital: 24th of June, Vinyl 7th of July 2016
The "Face" – which is part of the cover artwork – is taken from the great dutch artist Rosa Menkman.