His Balance 004 release is only his 2nd official release, following his award winning ‘Sound not Scene’ mix from a few years back. Some would say that his magic is lost from a live performance translated on to a cd, but thankfully this is not the case with this double disc gem. Sean Quinn, Kasey Taylor and Bill Hamel preceded Phil and I would dare say that this mix has blown all three out of the water. Let’s indulge.
The first disc is simply labelled ‘Breaks Mix’ – and it dares not lie. It’s a journey of lush atmospheric breaks propelled into an array of filthy ridden beats. Luke Chable’s “After the Storm” is an early head turner, with smooth swooshing vocals intertwined with a subtle pixie melody – think melodic breaks. Medway and Cusick please with “Fiscal EP”, keeping the mix smooth and cheerful in its early stages. The brilliant Spoon Wizard provides a melody hand in hand with a faint swirling baseline. For the ladies, strings meet the smooth vocals of “Free” by Scrambler. The mix closes fist with Dark Alley’s twisted remix if GT’s “Love Song” and then the garagey baseline and subtle guitar rhythms of Phil K and Nubreed’s remix of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” by Led Zeppelin. Disc one is brilliant, not a sour moment in sight.
Disc two is labelled House Mix – and is a mixture of house, tribal and tech house. “The Bubblegum Track” by Sphere & Dave Preston provides the mix with its first deeply embedded baseline. J & S Productions’ “Sunrise” is a fusion of tribal percussion at its best while the hypnotic horns and chants of “Les Zoulous” by Nathan Hawkes give the mix an ethnic atmosphere. The groovy funked up baseline of Terry Francis Dub of “Ever Gonna Make It” by Sarah Jane Morris is a more then healthy addition to the mix while the Tribal percussions make a resurgence with Chloe’s “Midnight Travels”. We are taken deep into Arabia with Dark Alley’s House mix of “The Roots” by Lo Step while PQM show us “The Way” late in the mix with a delicious deep house number. The electro baseline of “Spinning” by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” put an end to proceedings.
After this mix it is not hard to see why Phil K’s reputation, especially in the UK and US continues to rise. Widely noticed for his storming productions under the guises of Hi-Fi Bugs, Dark Alley and Lo Step just to name a few, this release will firmly establish Phil K into the upper echelon of DJ’s that Australia has to offer. Phil K has found the right Balance with this release, and it’s not to be taken lightly.
01. Un:Plug – Time Unlimited (Ortus Airgap mix)
02. Luke Chable – After The Storm
03. Medway / Sean Cusick – The Fiscal ep (Columns of Clouds)
04. Spoon Wizard – Me and Spoonice (Blue Effect mix)
05. DJ Abstract – East Coast vs West Coast ep (Identity Crisis)
06. Habersham & Numinous – Mister Cool (Habersham’s House of Nu Interpretations Dub)
07. Interloper – Bitch Slapper
08. Scrambler – Free
09. Smart n Pocket – Kickflip Manual
10. Luke Chable – Sealer’s Cove (Midnight In Cyberphunk mix)
11. Brothers Of Dub – After Time (EK mix)
12. GT – Love Song (Dark Alley’s Heavy Mental Breaks mix)
13. Prince Quick Mix – Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (Phil K vs Nu Breed Pass)
01. Wyatt Earp & DJ Foxx – Soul Penetration (Original Penetration)
02. Sphere & Dave Preston – The Bubble Gum Track
03. Paul Jays – Spiritual Battery (Extended Lithium mix)
04. J & S Productions – Sunrise
05. Nathan Hawks – Les Zoulous
06. Nathan Drew Larsen & Mazi ft Alexander East – Give Chase (Original mix)
07. Satoshi Fume – Protlex (Dub-Beatlex)
08. Sarah Jane Morris – Ever Gonna Make It (Terry Francis’ Dirtfrog Dub)
09. Chloe – Midnight Travels ep (Another kind of Dream)
10. Lo Step ft Lior Attar – The Roots (Dark Alley’s Grouse House mix)
11. TribalFusion – Buddha’s Groove
12. Prince Quick Mix – The Way (PQM’s Deephead dub)
13. Lifestylus Of The Rich and Famous – Spinning (Instrumental)