It's not a secret anymore that Phantom Island is one of the hottest labels out of Switzerland when it comes to dubbed-out, mid-tempo dancefloor bliss with influences spanning Balearic, World music and leftfield house. With the first two releases (Kejeblos' “The Family Mattress” and Lexx' “Young Corner”) already out of stock, the third act guarantees to be another sure shot for the young Zurich's imprint. Soultourist member and co-founder of Phantom Island, Foster, steps in with a 3-track EP which will impress the sophisticated disco crowd with awe. “Tease The Cat” is a neat lurker with outlandish Arabian innuendos woven into heartwarming synth melodies but dominated by a heavy pulsating bass line. If this causes the same effect on listeners as catmint does on felines still has to be tested. You also have to take a shot at “A.E.I.O.U.” to reveal its grandeur. A track paying evident tribute to Tony Espositos 80's productions, but using modern day arrangement techniques not a lot of producers are capable of pulling out of their hats. Foster's mastery is displayed further on the title track of the EP and the most dancefloor orientated track of the threesome, “Neon Life”. Here we encounter a murky Japanesque melody which builds up and up driven by an insane drum programming, that makes you wanna take off your clothes and dance in neon-lit rainfall all night long.
listening to this mix I can close my eyes and have an epic dance party of one, transported to a dark loud place surrounded by beautiful sweaty creatures, as if it was any year other than 2020 djcaptainplanet