TOTD // 18/04 // Phonica

Published: April 18, 2017, words by Alex Green

Part of the Record Store Day 2017 takeover


Record Store Day is an important date in the calendar of any proper head, and not for the importunity it affords to nab that “special edition” purple repress of Green Day’s American Idiot, nor for the hyper-exclusive Mumford & Sons cover of a Joni Mitchell classic that’s being sold at a foolishly high price. For many, RSD is a day to celebrate the genuinely surprising resurgence in vinyl sales that has swept Britain over the last decade. At its heart, the annual event is a chance to champion the stores that have backed vinyl through thick and thin – one at the top of this list is Phonica.

Phonica is a record store that has weathered the bad times as well as riding the good. It was founded in 2003 and in the last 14 years has played a pivotal role in London’s electronic music scene. Located on busy Poland Street in the heart of Soho, Phonica has played an important role in the musical life of any self-respecting electronic music enthusiast. Aside from being home to an in-house record label, Phonica is notorious for hosting some of London’s best free in-stores (I recently attended the launch of Roman Flugel’s Black Acid EP at the store in March, he killed it).

To celebrate this auspicious day the staff at Phonica have chosen four tracks by artists they are most excited about this year and, by God, their selections are mighty fine. Of course, Roman Flugel’s ‘Too Hot to Sleep’ makes the cut. Phonica have always been fervent supporters of Mr Flugel, and released his last EP on their eponymous label. Bristol’s Shanti Celeste contributes one of her crystalline house tracks. Earth Trax’s ‘Sax Track’, which appeared on Bradley Zero‘s label Rhythm Section last year, also makes an appearance. Finally, there’s ‘The Sun Returns’ by Nu Guinea; a well-tuned, organic sounding jam. Feast your ears on these and expect this and more at Phonica on Saturday.

via soundcloud

Roman Flugel

Too Hot To Sleep

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Some say Roman is back, some say he’s been consistently there for the last two decades. It’s clear that the German producer is in top form in 2017 and we couldn’t be happier that his Phonica EP has been widely celebrated. And he is an amazing DJ too!”
via soundcloud

Earth Trax and Newborn Jr

Sax Track

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Earth Trax’s debut caught us by surprise. The Polish producer delivered some ocean deep jams on Rhythm Section that even Ron Trent would be proud of. Looking forward to more from this young talent.”
via soundcloud

Shanti Celeste

Selector

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Shanti has been on our radar for quite a while now and seems like she is starting to reap the fruits of her labour. Peaches to be more specific… 001 is a banger!”
via youtube

Nu Guinea

The Sun Returns

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“In a time when most genres feel like they have been already discovered, explored, mutated, rediscovered, regurgitated and forgotten again, Lucio Aquilina and Massimo Di Lena aka Nu Guinea have been able to channel their broad influences into a unique, genuine handmade sound. In the era of big data, innovations seem to come from the way we organise the different parts of a composition, rather than single individual elements. Nu Guinea’s sample-based output achieves the perfect balance between jazz, funk, disco and afrobeat. Quite an eclectic and tasteful blend. Can’t wait to hear what the pair have been cooking.”

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