If there’s one producer who’s persistently been capable of steadiness D&B cred with pop cachet is DJ Phantasy. With roots in UK hardcore, jungle and drum & bass that return over 30 years, Phantasy additionally makes a speciality of offering dancefloor enjoyable on the extent with the likes of Rudimental or Chase & Standing. Together with his supergroup SASASAS, Phantasy bought out large reveals and created tracks that appealed to the OG junglists and EDM/pop fringe followers alike.
Phantasy’s upcoming Generations LP is the musical follow-up to the e-book he wrote with UKF editor Dave Jenkins final yr, Three Generations Deep and simply because the e-book was, it’s a love letter to drum and bass, meant to discover all of the aspects, subgenres and, nicely, “generations” of the style. That includes a number of collabs with a large spectrum of artists from TC to Murdock to the Ragga Twins and, after all, one along with his SASASAS companion in crime, Macky Gee, it’s put collectively in an attention-grabbing means. Every collab monitor is a traditional Phantasy dancefloor stepper that pays homage to and completely mixes within the type of the producer he was working with. Our Your EDM premiere, nevertheless, is barely totally different.
Phantasy’s remix of Meduza’s “Piece of Your Coronary heart” that includes Goodboys is the one remix on Generations and it actually is a drum & bass nod from Phantasy to the subsequent era of EDM. “Piece of Your Coronary heart” was an enormous hit in 2019, making quantity two on the UK singles charts and receiving a Grammy nomination for Finest Dance Recording. The unique monitor is an excellent mélange of pop and EDM and actually reveals how assimilated into the pop world electronica has turn into.
Whereas many drum & bass heads could not assume that the afore-mentioned assimilation is an efficient factor, DJ Phantasy has all the time welcomed each variety and progress in his music whereas ensuring his beats are nonetheless quick, enjoyable and heavy on the bass. Together with his remix of “Piece of Your Coronary heart” prone to turn into one of the vital acknowledged pop/D&B fusion tracks in recent times,it really has a extra chill vibe than lots of the tracks on Generations. Nonetheless greater than appropriate for the dancefloor, Phantasy took a couple of cues from the unique monitor in smoothing out each his bassline and synths whereas designing the background sound in order that there’s no mistaking that that is meant to be a rave monitor.
Phantasy’s “Piece of Your Coronary heart”remix is a really balanced monitor that straddles the pop and drum & bass worlds in a means that not solely reveals what he himself loves about music however brings the 2 sides collectively. All of the tracks on Generations do that indirectly, however “Piece of Your Coronary heart” actually connotes that 30-year-long love affair Phantasy’s had with music and invitations everybody, even pop artists, to the social gathering.
Generations releases this Friday, June 26 on Phantasy’s personal Straightforward label. Click on right here to pre-order or pre-save on a number of platforms.