C.Y.M. (Baio & Fort Romeau)

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November 18th, 2019
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Say hello to C.Y.M., an exciting new collaborative project between British producer and DJ Mike Greene, otherwise known as Fort Romeau and LA-based American musician Chris Baio, who releases music as Baio in addition to playing bass in the acclaimed band Vampire Weekend. Their debut, self-titled EP, just dropped on Phantasy as an elegant pean to the infinite possibilities of kosmische music, driven by a motorik strain of psychedelia. The foundations of a wider project, C.Y.M. speaks not for analogue nostalgia, but a subtle and modern update on imagined futures that are still open to interpretation.

The opening track “Capra” immediately establishes the duo’s masterful if unsurprising grip on rhythm, a man-machine stomp that persists as the track takes myriad turns, from post-punk guitar licks and processed vocals, through bubbling modular synthesis and culminating in a soaring, cathartic melody. On “Far Gone” C.Y.M. turn their studio inward for a more brooding and intimate interpretation of their sound, a balearic amalgam of intriguing vocals, feedback soaked riffs and no-wave inspired movement. The bliss beneath the waves of noise that crash across C.Y.M’s music emerges fully on the driving conclusion, “Super-Cannes”. A hypnotic tempo and blistering drums intertwine with whirling organs, and shimmering keys, providing a wistful and warm finale. Stream the whole thing avobe.

The “C.Y.M.” EP is out now on Phantasy. Get it here.

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Ghost Culture: “Answer”

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November 7th, 2014
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After sharing news of his forthcoming self-titled debut album last month, rising London producer Ghost Culture, known to his friends and family as James Greenwood, returns to our ears with his new single “Answer”, and it’s a great one. “Answer” will appear on Ghost Culture’s debut LP, a “collection of ten tracks rich in emotion, musicality and sonic artistry”, which was mixed and co-produced by Erol Alkan. “I have always had an itch that needed scratching. Music that needed rather than wanted to come out. I find myself within myself, words rhythm and melody that urges to take up the form of a recording and become something tangible,” says Ghost Culture.

Ghost Culture’s self-titled debut album will arrive on January 5th on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound imprint. Just in case you missed it, watch the trippy, animated video for his recent single “Arms” here. You can pre-order the album here.

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Stream: Ghost Culture: “Mouth”

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Erol Alkan: “Bang”

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October 29th, 2013
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It’s hard to believe that the mighty Erol Alkan hasn’t yet released any solo material. Well, that’s about to change, as the London-based producer is ready to drop his debut solo EP “Illumination” via his own Phantasy label. Before the three-track effort sees a vinyl release in late November and digitally on December 2, you can now stream an edit of Erol Alkan’s new track “Bang” above. It’s always great to start off with a bang!

Pre-order your 12” here.

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Daniel Avery: “All I Need”

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September 11th, 2013
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One of our favorite UK producers, Daniel Avery is gearing up for the release of his debut full-length album “Drone Logic” on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy imprint, but before it drops, you can now listen to the record’s first single, the hypnotic “All I Need”. This great track provides plenty of reasons to get excited for his forthcoming LP.

Speaking on his debut album, which was mixed with Alkan at his studio in London, Daniel Avery says, “The one thing I knew was that I wanted this record to be a trip. All my favourite artists and DJs, they take the audience with them when they play; people lock into their world for a few hours and can’t easily step out again. You’re with them for the ride. When I go out, I want to give myself up to music. That was the idea for the album.”

Daniel Avery’s “Drone Logic” will drop on October 7th via Phantasy / Because Music.
You can pre-order your 12” here.

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