Tom ! do u have a little worms in ur an*s? ) I cannot understan u
Phil Kieran has been raising temperatures in the Worlds biggest and most revered clubs , playing everywhere from Fabric in London to supporting New Order in concert.
Storming his way into 2007 with a debut release on Novamute, the 'Skyhook EP' was backed early on by a barrage of djs including Erol Alkan, Laurent Garnier, Tiga and the Hacker. On release, the EP had the rare privilege of charting 3 of its tracks on Beatport's top ten at the same time, track 'skyhook 2' reaching number 1.
A Phil Kieran production is always instantly recognisable as his own. Sure to deliver a dose of head-imploding basslines, skiffling glitches and an injection of razor sharp electronics. This Phil-ly treatment was evident on three recent remixes of the Motor track ‘1X1’ (Novamute), and on previous hits ‘Murderous’ Nitzer Ebb; ‘La 11’eme Marche’ Agoria, and ‘Blitzkreig Pop’ T. Raumschmiere.
Kieran has teamed up with Funk D’Void, releasing four 12” singles, ‘White Lice‘, ‘Worm of Mouth’ and ‘Tick Tick Tick’ , and due to be released this month ‘White Light/ Black as you like’ ( Soma Recordings). As infectious as the names suggest, the collaboration combines acid-house nostalgia with flinty, broken-beats. The duo are scheduled to release an album together on Soma.
February release ‘Triple Crown’ on Lee Van Dowski’s minimal label, Num, showcases Phil’s ability to nail top productions in almost every genre of underground electronica. Felix da Housecat’s crossover label, Rude Photo, with singles ‘Awe’ and ‘I think I’m a monster’ scheduled as first releases before Spring.
All this activity is a rude awakening from a three year studio lockdown, during which his band Alloy Mental have been compiling material for the forthcoming album.
An incisive call to arms, every track merges enigmatic and defiant vocals with weird electronics, all tied together with melancholic guitar riffs. Their sound echoes each band members own musical upbringing whilst maintaining a tight footing on the outer edges of dance music.
Their angry live acts have already recruited legions of fans. One critic struggled to define the experience: ‘is this dance music that rocks or punk music you can dance to’ . Whichever, the act appeals to diverse audiences, having already performed live on Annie Macs Radio 1 show and at festivals including Carl Cox and friends @ Global Gathering and Sonar (Barcelona). Unanimously, the bands proudest moment so far has been providing UK support to personal heroes, New Order in July 2006.
The first release ’Alloy Mental’ (Skint) caused a sensation, with International DJ’s grappling to be first to break the new sound in clubs around the world. Indie clubs, techno clubs, house clubs - all destroyed. Back home Radio 1 DJs Zane Lowe and Annie Mac playlisted it constantly, while they’ have already made their televisual bow on their hometown BBC ATL TV programme. The super-confident debut album has just been mastered and is due for release early 2007 on Skint Records.