Release Date: 4th March 2022
Since 2017’s ‘Song For Mr Lewis EP’ on Phonica White, Austin Ato has dropped stunningly funky 12”s with ease on many respected house labels including Classic Records and Defected. We were waiting for the right track for his follow-up on Phonica White and when we heard ‘When Love Is Tender’, we knew it was the one - a huge disco house based on an obscure Philadelphia-style jam.
It’s the simplicity of the original mix that sets the tone with pumping and driving Disco drums backed to roof raising saxophone licks and soulful vocal snippets, with those all-important deeply moving Philly string samples that are restrained when necessary and released at all the right moments, especially when the drum drops. ‘All Night Long’ highlights Austin Ato’s sample chopping expertise. The drums roll effortlessly through the track as dusty Soul and Disco samples echo and repeat, conjuring sonic memories of Andrés and Pépé Bradock’s best work.
A1. When Love Is Tender (Original Mix)
A2. All Night Long
B1. When Love Is Tender (Sweet Mix)
B2. When Love Is Drums
Release Date: 17th May 2021
Phonica White is back with a special four track EP from up and coming London-based producer Keisuke titled ‘At Last’.
Hailing from Manchester, Keisuke (aka Christopher Iwatsu) has a long and varied background in music. From an early age he learned and performed orchestral percussion, touring the UK and Europe. Then, while studying in Glasgow he became immersed in the city’s fertile club scene and began to fuse his percussive experience with dancefloor production, slowly honing his craft over the past decade.
For a debut 12”, the record is therefore a refreshingly refined statement of intent. The four tracks range from uplifting rolling rhythms (‘At Last’) to serpentine melodies (‘For Petre’) and bumping introspection (‘Going Nowhere’) to lighthearted complexity (‘Hatsu’). Every piece is carefully considered and executed, primed for the floor and the mind.
Artwork as always is supplied by the talented Pedro Carvalho de Almeida.
A1. At Last
A2. For Petre
B1. Going Nowhere
Earlier this year Radio Slave kicked off his Rekids catalogue with the introduction of an exciting new talent (and good friend of the shop!) named Peggy Gou. Now we are delighted to announce that her second release is landing on our White label imprint here at Phonica!
‘Day Without Yesterday’ begins with filtered down congas, a strong kick drum and some steady shakers to create the backbone of this Detroit-style House jam. Once the groove is established Peggy brings in a cool bass-line that’s reminiscent of old school Rick Wade cuts and tops it all off with some sparse keys and crisp high hats.
‘Six O Six’ on the flip hears Peggy entering into more acidic territory filled with modular mutation and driving percussion. Peggy also shows off her vocal talents as she gives the listener a counting lesson in her native Korean tongue over the fine analogue house production.
a1. Peggy Gou - Day Without Yesterday
b1. Peggy Gou - Six O Six