Making very gentle techno, Phase90 aren’t looking for the hard dancefloor pleasers. Rather, they combine field recordings and steady, deep, foreboding beats to create an atmosphere of entranced distance. Slightly disorienting but at the same time pleasing, Infinitati is a trip for your mind and a treat for your ears.
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- PHASEONELP / Limited 2x12" on echospace [detroit] in silk-screened metallic sleeve. aka Stephen Hitchell (Intrusion, Variant). Hand-numbered edition of 500 copies
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Insomniacs and nightcrawlers unite, Phase90 has released a big record! We would call it an album, but it’s actually a 2x12”, which is pretty different. It’s like an album for someone who wants to keep it casual and low-key, which works for dub techno stuff, arguably the most low-key genre out there. So yeah it’s this Phase90 guy that’s also Intrusion and Variant - just when you thought that dub techno had loads of producers involved, it turns out that there’s just one. Amazing.
Infinitati brings the murk. The misty, rainy haze of the city at night is omnipresent, bringing in cosmic sounds and imagery, buried radio static that could be obscured voices for all I know, and those sparse, bleak minor chord stabs. You can hear some flanger subtly soaring over the hissy atmospherics in the background, the perfect accompaniment to a space trip or two. Beat-wise, it begins with something even more downtempo than a slow 4x4, before building up to just that after 5 mins or so. This solitary kick is joined by some little fizzy white noise snares on the B side, becoming even more defined as you get further on into the album. 2x12, sorry. It almost sounds like a normal snare on the unreleased mix of ‘Vinci’, a track that has more mechanistic looping than most of them on here. There’re also some minitreats to be found, the last track on the B side being some crazy little ambient clunk piece that shifts between the ears. Loverly.
Oh and don’t forget, it’s all smothered in a lake of reverb and cavernous dub delay. What do you expect? It’s Echospace...
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