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Velour Modular – Struck / Turpentine (Prod. by Phon.o)

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Cr2U are proud to present visual artist and singer/songwriter Velour Modular to the fold with her 2 track single – Struck / Turpentine. The first of a 2 part release, which sees a further 2 track release later this year, this collection of 4 tracks has been produced by respected Berlin-based producer and long time collaborator phon.o (50 Weapons, Boyz Noize).

“STRUCK is a story about camboys, boys that get « tokens », virtual money, by filming themselves doing various types of activities the viewers asked them to do. It is about the relationship our generation entertains with technology, especially concerningself-image. Our main character is a camboy, who’s filming his entire life through his computer. It’s about his relation to this activity and how it slowly evolves from being just for fun to being an actual transaction, a job. It also explores the ideas of gender, sexual orientation, and stereotypes that are evolving nowadays and becoming blurry, through the freedom of expression and exhibition internet offers.”



After bursting onto the underground scene with her debut EP – gaining support from the likes of Noisey/Vice, The Guardian, The Line of Best Fit, along with Radio 1 plays and support from the fashion/visual art blog tastemakers such as Hunger Magazine and Wonderland – it’s clear that the partnership with phon.o will pack a punch once again and the deep, dark and moody sounds of Struck & Turpentine will resonate throughout.

Joy Wellboy – The Magic (Phon.o Remix)


BPitch Control duo Joy Wellboy released their second album ‘Wedding’, a “fine example of the wonderfully poppy, instrument-led music that they conjure up.”

One of the standout tracks of the album, ‘The Magic’, received some great remixes by the likes of Phon.o, Fred P and Maceo Plex & Shall Ocin. Stream Phon.o‘s edit below. ‘The Magic’ Remixes will be released via BPitch Control on November 9 through Beatport and everywhere else on November 20.

Video: Phon.o – Bodycheck


Bodycheck is taken from Phon.o’s “Velvet Rag EP” that is out on BPitch Control.

Carsten Aermes was never interested in following the conventional route. While he was shifting his stylistic course rather frequently, it would have been easy to get lost on the way. But instead Aermes found its own path. Ever since his releases on 50Weapons, the Berlin-based producer occupies this niche between future garage, techno and some dub exkursions.

The “Velvet Rag EP” is both Phon.o’s first release in 2015 as well as his debut on BPitch Control. He’s celebrating this matter by adding a beguiling sex appeal that is accompanying his still deep pore melancholy on “Bodycheck” – also because of that ghetto-like voice by masked multi-talent Born In Flamez.

The additional technoid Dark Club version solves the simple and splendid equation: one source, two killer tracks. Starting with a dominant kick drum pounding its way into melodic synths, pichted-down vocal cuts are buzzing around like lamenting ghosts. But it’s the armada of power pads that makes this energetic techno garage hybrid completely. Also “SOAG” with its Julio Bashmore’esque aesthetic points out that Aermes perfected his hybrid style. Phon.o isn’t following any trend, but continues to plots his points in an unexpected manner. Fade away in Phon.ography!

XXANAXX – Story (PHON.O Remix)


Below, you can stream a great remix by Belrin-based producer Phon.o for the track “Story” by Polish band XXANAXX. Out now; get it here.

Video: Phon.o – Whi5tleblower


Berlin producer Phon.o is set to return to Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons next week with Cracking Space Pt. 2, the second EP in a series dedicated to digging through the “deeper end of dance music.” Below, you can watch the official video for the dense lead track “Whi5tleblower,” created by visual artist and designer Christian Korndörfer.

Cracking Space Pt. 2 is out on June 6th 2014. Order here.

Phon.o – Tell Me


KRAKE is an annual Berlin based festival for challenging electronic music. Krake means “octopus” and the festival is organised in a comparable way: reaching out to selected locations during one week presenting the best in electronic music whatever style it is. The festival is not huge, not expensive, does not have big sponsoring deals or four different colour are passes. It’s just a good and so far successful try to bring back the focus on artists who dare to step off the beaten tracks.

KRAKE 002 contains mostly exclusive tracks of artists who played at the Krake festival in 2013. Below, you can stream the pop-fueled two-step hit “Tell Me” Berlin based producer PHON.O. The full release can be previewed here.

Alex Banks – All You Could Do EP

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The new ‘All You Could Do’ EP from rising Brit electronica star, club musician and DJ Alex Banks see him exploring similar territory to his eclectic Monkeytown label bosses Modeselektor, fusing techno crunch with the electro-indie songwriting suss of groups such as Animal Collective.

Picked acoustic guitar comes together with pulsating machine rhythms, all made emotive and human by the melancholic vocals of Alex’s Brighton associate Elizabeth Bernholz of Gazelle Twin. As well as the original ‘All You Could Do’, in all its moody fierceness, there’s a beautifully stark pulsating remix by German DJ-producer Phon.o, a haunting slow techno ‘Alternate’ take, and a brand new tune called ‘Phosphorus’ that comes on like the mighty Crystal Castles raving it up at a Polish warehouse party.

All in all, it’s a package that presents Banks as a name to watch and makes his new album, ‘Illuminate’, all the more eagerly anticipated. Below you can watch the official video for the original track and stream the Phon.o rework. Illiminate will drop on May 30th 2014. The All You Could Do EP is out now.

Video: Phon.o – HereNow feat. Bass Sekolah

One of our favourite producers, Phon.o, has just shared the video for "HereNow", taken from his excellent Cracking Space Pt. 1 EP for Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label. The track features the vocals of Bass Sekolah. In case you missed it, check out the video for the EP’s closing cut, Moonwalk, here.

Video: Phon.o – Moonwalk

German producer Phon.o has dropped off "Moonwalk," the closing cut from his forthcoming Cracking Space Pt. 1 EP for Modeselektor’s 50Weapons label, featuring additional production work from San Francisco synth maestro Kit Clayton. Before the rest of the Cracking Space Pt. 1 EP lands on March 28, an appropriately themed video has been made to accompany "Moonwalk". The track is available for free download via XLR8R. Video made by Visual King.

Phon.o – Cracking Space Pt. 1 EP [2014]

With his new EP Phon.o continues his quest into the deeper zones of club music. Combining influences from UK House, Garage and Berlin Techno he manages to further define his very own sound. Featuring guest appearances from Malaysian duo Bass Sekolah on the hymnic “Here now” and additional keyboards from San Franciscan mastermind Joshua Kit Clayton on the more introverted “Moonwalk”, this record has a strong narrative that manages to work on the dancefloor as well as on the home stereo. Or, simply speaking: for girls and boys.

Out March 28 via Modeselektor’s 50Weapons.