TOTD // 07/11 // Phon.o

Published: November 7, 2017, words by John Carter

Part of the All Ears takeover


Phon.o is a veteran of the modern dance music scene. From his early beginnings spinning records with Apparat in their home of the Harz mountains in former East Germany, Carsten Aermes has come a long way.

His music has morphed over the years, changing with the times and taking a myriad of influences from Hip Hop, Dub, Baltimore, House, Dubstep and Techno. In 2000 Phon.o made the move to Berlin, and the years that followed saw him releasing on some highly interesting dance music labels including Cytrax, Shitkatapult, Boysnoize Records and Bpitch Control. In recent years his range and versatility has found him on Pinch‘s Tectonic and Modeselektor’s 50WEAPONS (on which he released his full length Black Boulder).

Most recently, Phon.o has found himself on another of Pinch’s labels – the vinyl-only Cold Recordings. Here, Aermes releases a three track record of rolling, thunderous basslines and cavernous space, morphing the realms of UK Bass and techno. Head here to listen to and buy Schutt Und Asche.

With two decades experience, Phon.o has no doubt taken his ears through a lot. Here, he supports our All Ears campaign with four downtempo cuts that help him relax in times of stress & tiredness.

via youtube

Autechre

Foil

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This was one of my first IDM songs I listened to. The soundscapes meandering the whole time around this beautiful kind of reverb-ish noisy beat. Especially on headphones you’re gonna mind trip.  ”
via youtube

Kit Clayton

Purpakana

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I remember when I listened to this song the first time in a record store, I was really flashed by the whole album. I still get goosebumps when I listen to it. Kit Clayton brought the whole dub techno / electronica thing to a new, more trippy level and I think this is an outstanding song and needs to get more attention nowadays.  ”
via youtube

Rhythm & Sound

Carrier

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“‘Carrier’ is a beautiful and absolutely timeless song and my favourite one from the Rhythm & Sound / Chain Reaction universe. It has its very own sound aesthetic and creates spacey abstract delay and reverberating rooms. ‘Carrier’ brought me into the electronic dub music that I still love today. If I wanna calm down I let it run in a loop for hours.  ”
via youtube

Fennesz

Rivers of Sand

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is a perfect example of a non-beat song that can be so powerful, dirty and beautiful at the same time. In my eyes this is one of the best kinda noise songs, because it’s not just brutal noise. I love how he modulates the bass frequencies against the high granular pad-like sounds. It’s super reduced but very complex at the same time as well.”

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