Black Boulder’ is Phon. O’s take on the UK funky/2-step sound and who better to re-engineer that sprawling niche than someone with his production smarts? From the very beginning it’s clear we’re listening to something that has been sharpened by a diamond tipped blade – sure there are references to Burial, 2562 and Martyn (to name just a handful), but Phon. O’s crisp, clean production elevates ‘Black Boulder’ into places many of his contemporaries simply can’t reach. One that should work just as well on headphones as on the biggest system you can plug yer USB into, this is an album that you’re likely to be hearing much more of in the next few months. Otherwise you will be able to find the album in every good record-store or online-store for example
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Black Boulder (2xLP, Album + CD, Album + Ltd). The Heaven in your hears: The best dubstep/bass music album for 2012, 'Black Boulder'cause the same excitation as Burial 'Untrue' in 2007 or Falty DL 'Love Is A Liability' in 2009. Imagine yourself Burial or Clubroot when they wake up one day in love and let the depressive urban late nite bus melancholy for something totaly erotic and addictive.
On his latest album, Black Boulder, Berlin-based producer and DJ Carsten Aermes aka Phon. o explores the vast terrain between post-dubstep, bass music, 2-step and deep house. In this interview he reveals interesting production details and provides a complementary Live Pack that includes many of the sounds used on the record. You've always taken your music into new territories. What led you to the sound of Black Boulder? A lot of time has passed since my last album as Phon. o (Burn Down The Town, 2005), and after the CLP project (Chris de Luca vs. Phon
o - Black Boulder Whether you rated it or not, James Blake's debut album sold over 60,000 copies in the UK alone last year, which certainly gave the bigger underground labels food for thought. Sure, creative integrity and artistic progression still rule over financial return for imprints worth their salt, but the pursuit of a lucrative yet credible middle ground is evidently on the rise. Over the past three years, Modeselektor's two prolific release channels-Monkeytown and 50 Weapons-have steadily amassed a comprehensive roster of in-vogue producers.
Case in point: the latest from Berlin-based artist Phon. o, which takes elements of dubstep, techno, dub, and . funky, and puts them together with a winning combination of beats-wise assertiveness and gentle persuasion. Every track may not be equally fascinating, but all are eminently listenable. Well, except maybe for one: "Hope Light" spot-welds a silly Casiotone melody onto a sillier 12/8 beat to rather goofy effect.
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Featuring – Pantasz
Leave A Light On
Featuring – Tunde Olaniran
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All songs written and produced by Carsten Aermes, Berlin 2011/2012.
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Performer: Phon.O Genre: Electronic Title: Black Boulder Country: Germany Released: 2012 Style: Dub Techno, UK Garage, Techno, Dubstep MP3 version ZIP size: 1177 mb FLAC version RAR size: 1522 mb Rating: 4.7 Votes: 320 Other Formats: WMA AUD FLAC MOD DTS DMF VQF