Boomkat Product Review:
Faceless production entity U returns to the Phantasy fold for another two track 12”.
After ‘doing a Caretaker’ with his debut LP Vienna Orchestra for Where To Now? earlier this year, the artist known simply as U veers back towards the dancefloor for his latest ‘heavyweight’ 12” outing on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound. The label has been on full tech speed ahead of late, but Friendly Ghost offers a nice deviation as U channels Cut Hands on this exercise in spiralling bongo rhythms.
Backing that track is Ascension Hymn, an altogether stickier affair from U; close your eyes and this might initially sound like SUED man SVN in a particularly angry mood.
The sense of rampaging frustration soon gives way and any SUED comparisons are long forgotten as ‘epic’ trancey rushes and ebbs take over for the remainder of the track’s 13 minutes.
The deployment of a long lost spoken word mantra about self-fulfilment is a neat touch.