Back of the Stack 016 – Phase

‘#BackOfTheStack’, catching up with artists in the scene every 2 weeks reminiscing on some of their favourite tracks from back in the day. No real rules, just sharing some musical knowledge and reflecting on the past….

Back of the stack returns with our 16th instalment for which we are joined by Belgian producer Phase. With a recent release on Dispatch Recordings with Nymfo entitled Bristol Bombay and forth coming music on Metalheadz; Phase is a name you will be hearing more of in the coming months.
You can also catch him Djing at various nights up and down the country with his distinctive style of blending soulful musicality with hard hitting breaks and bass!

Mist:ical – Memory Jog

By far my favourite tune by the masters of vibe Mist:ical (Marcus Intalex, ST Files & Calibre). A tune that never seems to stop rolling with synth melodies that always nearly bring a tear to my eye. Released in 2006 and it still sounds crystal clear in a mix; I have found myself multiple times in the studio just listening to the one and a half minute long breakdown completely zoned out. It’s a pivotal release in the Soul:r back catalog and that says a lot!

Hearing that Marcus Intalex passed away really hit me hard. He was one of the best to ever do it, and this track is only one of the sheer amount of diamonds he made for the DnB scene. I never really talked to him in real-life, but seeing that he still touched me and so many other people through just his music is truly special.

Justice – Aquisse

Not to be confused the French electronic duo Justice, (Tony) Justice released this gem in 1996. Hard to grasp that this tune is only one year younger than I am. To be honest, I didn’t know this tune till a few months ago myself. I think it was Doc Scott who played it as the opener of his latest Metalheadz Rinse FM show. The tune is simple, only a few elements that come in and out of the mix, but they get you in a really easy going groove and that’s what I like. You get vibes with the right elements, not by cramming the mix full of synths, stabs and noises that take away power from the overall idea. I make that mistake quite a lot myself, and tunes like these motivate me to actually let go of elements in a tune that I don’t really need in the finished product!

S.P.Y – Till Dawn

Released in 2005 on Metalheadz’ The Winter Of Content LP. The crispy, rugged Sports Break is the backbone of this track. It complements the ravey stabs, the drone-y bass and the classic female shouting vocals perfectly! I used this track as one of my inspiration sources for my new work that I will release in the coming months. It’s an easy grab in every type of set and there are always people asking what tune it is!