This happens every time. Stepping in the scene for the first time with Blacksmoker in 2004, Phace made us talk about him and his dark atmospheres. His sound, which nowadays is techy and grindy, hasn’t always been this way. In the beginning, he was more involved with dark, videogam-ish Neurofunk (examples: Blacksmoker, 2004, and Cold Champagne, 2008). It was around 2010 when I lost contact with his releases for around 1 year. It was probably my fault, but in general I had placed him a little in the back of my mind for some time focusing on other artists that were getting my attention more. Enough said, 2011, here we get Noisia & Phace – Program, a true banger that made me say dayum! the bro got a point here.
Florian Harres comes from Hamburg (Germany) and is half of the duo behind Neosignal, the other being Michael Bräuniger aka Misantrhop. Neosignal is definitely one of the biggest realities in Drum & Bass and has released very interesting material for many, many years. We can definitely say that there is a very typical sound in Neodigital that has its hallmarks in techy bass, weird melodies and kind of a not-too-serious-but-still-heavy attitude in the tracks (or at least this is how I feel it – and I like this so much!). The two of them have collaborated a lot of times and are often seen playing live together, attracting a lot of people.
In September, they released a collection of tracks under Neosignal called Eurofunk, of which we made a review that was basically a flattering piece of literature (here, for reading it). Four months have passed, and that mechanism that makes me place Phace in the back of my mind had started, even though I’ve seen he’s been on holiday in Australia and New Zealand on Facebook (Phacebook, haha) and I envied him quite a bit. In the last weeks, he released a new EP kind of out of the blue, and I received the demo in the very day he released it. And guess what? Awesome material! Quite heavy, to be honest, but recently he’s been mainly involved with heavy bass and grindy sounds. The EP is called Plastic Acid and contains four songs. The funny thing is that this EP has not been released with his label Neosignal, rather with Blackout Music, the Neurofunk dutch colossus.
The material is heavy as fuck, and is essential: songs are not composed by layers of sounds that resemble a wedding cake but rather from 3-4 sounds that are properly placed and fill the EQ spectrum completely, saturating all the possible spaces in the audiowave. The drop and the lead of Plastic Acid (the title track) is very interesting and different from the average Neurofunk track that you would expect: even if with very few sounds, Phace manages to build it up properly and keep the hype going with a very clippy sound. I also liked very much the build-up of Connected, the third song, even if it was more similar to other Phace’s releases of the past. In general, I think that this surprise-EP is a very good piece of material, and provides four new bullets for every Neurofunk DJ in the world, and therefore deserves four jakes. Wanna keep the hype on? Play one of these tracks. Wanna fire on the crowd with your AK47-shaped turntables? Play one of these tracks. Wanna wake up with a proper shock cause you didn’t sleep a lot and need a boost? Play one of these tracks. That’s the best piece of advice I can give!
Blackout Music – Links: