Will Lister – Phantom EP [PHONICA016]

Phonica is a budding young talent by the name of Will Lister. ‘The Phantom EP’ is his production debut. The title track opens up the EP with heavily reverbed pads, echoed claps, crunchy percussion and repetitive synth stabs that all work together to create spaced-out atmosphere that’s full of twist and turns. Flipping over to the B-side, ‘After The Light’ picks up the pace with a driving high-hat rhythm and full-bodied kicks that underpin warm piano keys and smooth synth lines. ‘Agency’ closes proceedings by turning up the intensity to full with a masterclass in building tension.

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Will Lister – Phantom EP [PHONICA016]

Arno E. Mathieu – The Earth Project [SOL003]

Frenchman Arno Emilien Mathieu is the boss of Clima Records. On The Earth project, he shows us some really immersive and complex deep house arrangements such as on “Tears Of The Whales” which is just beaming with soul. On the flip “Terra” has that spiritual house vibe; with its mesmerising harpsichord melody and tribal rhythms, this one was absolutely sublime.

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Arno E. Mathieu – The Earth Project [SOL003]