Two summers ago we debuted Bartosz Kruczynski a.k.a. The Phantom‘s swirling, xylophone-tinged “Cambodia,” a track that eventually saw release on a Top Billin’ compilation of UK Funky that attempted to capitalize on the nascent genre. The compilation was OK, but Kruczynski’s participation was the highlight, and now after over a year of negotiating a proper debut EP, Senseless Records will finally do his music justice.
My favorite aspect to The Phantom’s productions is that he gives melody the utmost of attention. From “Cambodia” to his EP’s two tracks “Girl” and “Night Game,” whooshing piano and synth melodies carry his tracks into the heat of the night while he lets his percussion remain fresh but understated.
Titled simply, The Phantom EP, the record is out December 6 and features remixes from Trash-favorite and U.S. bass hopeful Brenmar, U.K. producer Hackman, and fellow Pole Zeppy Zep. Zep’s bombastic, epicly layered remix of “Night Game” is available for download below!
In addition to his own production work Jamie plays host to the UK underground at his monthly Modulate party along with co-host Louis Saville. Former guests include UK bass hopefuls like XXXY and Hackman, both of whom released stellar records this year on Fortified Audio and PTN respectively.
Not only will you find some exclusive dubs from the likes of XXXY, but new material from Jamie himself, Darling Farah,Mista Men, and The Phantom. Don’t the let the mix’s rainy opener damper your spirits, this mix is an excellent snapshot of the rising UK producers Jamie Grind his surrounding himself with and a foreshadow of Jamie’s rightful place in a stalwart collection of new artists to watch.
Submerse – Move On [Forthcoming Formant]
Midland – Leitmotif (Midland Remix) [Phonica]
Mount Kimbie – Carbonated [Hot Flush]
Jamie Grind – Without You [Unreleased]
The XX – Crystalised (Dark Sky Remix) [Forthcoming Young Turks]
Kidkut & Arkist – Vanilla Imitate [Unreleased]
Darling Farah – Berline [Forthcoming Civil Music]
Roska & Untold – Myth [Numbers]
Deckstar Vs Kut Klose – Lovely Thang
The Phantom – Night Game (Hackman Remix) [Forthcoming Senseless]
Jamie Grind – Rum n Raisin [Unreleased]
Tina Moore – Never Let You Go (Kelly G Bump-N-Go Vocal Mix) [RCA]
Pariah – Railroad [R&S]
XXXY – Ordinary Things [Forthcoming Ten Thousand Yen]
Mista Men – What U Do To Me [Unreleased]
Gold Panda – Snow & Taxis [Notown]
It’s tempting to shine brightly on new talent, to wash them thoroughly in hyperbole, and then forget and look for who’s next. Fortunately this hasn’t been the case for Warsaw’s The Phantom, who appeared here a few months ago with his UK Funky/Tropical tune entitled “Cambodia.” Receiving praise from the Nightslugs family in East London, as well as Trouble & Bass‘s Supra 1, The Phantom has built upon his first original production with a skanking and deeply heavy remix of Baile Funk ambassador and Berlin-based DJ Daniel Haaksman‘s tune “Kid Conga.” With official remixes from Trash Menagerie favorites Rob 3, Schlachtofbronx, and Zombie Disco Squad, this tune has made a meaningful splash, referencing the sounds of Kuduro, Baile Funk, and UK Funky. Check The Phantom’s interpretation, for free, below.
And if you ain’t know about Daniel Haaksman, you can educated, it’s true. Thanks to bass ambassador and expat extraordinaire Maga Bo, you can do your research via video, as he has compiled a series of interviews with various influential bass ambassadors, including Diplo, DJ/rupture, and Ghislain Poirier. Daniel Haaksman version below! KID CONGA REMIX by The Phantom
The amount of bedroom electro producers that clog my inbox are nearly enough to screw in a disco-ball, nearly. I thank the progressive work of Bok Bok & L-Vis 1990 for inspiring a few fresh young things to get their UK Funky on and holler at a brotha. This tune from The Phantom out of Poland, channeled the heatwaves of Cambodia, and is entitled “Cambodia.” As far as I know, this is the only Tropical flavored Funky tune to arise from another part of the world besides the UK, and is indeed the most exciting. The song has been featured on Bok’s “Nightslugs” show on Sub.fm and has had a couple of respectable nods from Jackmaster of Dress 2 Sweat and L-Vis 1990 himself. Keep ‘em comin’ son!