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Disc 1
01 03 :20
02 06 :04
03 05 :15
04 03 :55
05 03 :56
06 01 :05
Disc 2
01 05 :22
02 03 :29
03 02 :39
04 05 :32
05 06 :02
06 02 :00
ARTIST
TITLE
Phantom
FORMAT
2LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
SKUDGE 001LP SKUDGE 001LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/10/2011

Full length double LP from Stockholm's biggest sound, Skudge. Formed in the summer of 2009, the duo have moved out of near anonymity to become precious favorites of deep, warehouse-styled house and techno fans. Their output to date has molded together classic ideas and modern aesthetics with a keen sense of minimalism: their looped soundscapes are often bare, but never lacking, and the intersection between house and techno seems to be the point at which the duo most often find themselves. As a result, that's the area most explored on their debut album, Phantom, which conjures up exactly the sort of adjectives you should imagine given its title. It kicks off with eerie chambers of grainy sound, synth melancholy and frosty mists that hang in a beatless air for just over three minutes. From there the thumping beats swing until the end of the album -- sometimes accompanied by a little trippy sonic color, sometimes devoid of anything but filters, echo and decay, and sometimes paired with cavernous claps, but always with a solid, ground shaking resonance and, more importantly, a noticeable analogue vitality. Although the bold forms Skudge produce are optimized for maximum dancefloor impact, there's also a deftness to their designs: sounds and vocal snippets are subtly, selectively employed to imbue each loop with an extra infectious sense of swing; or to underline a groove or accentuate an emotion. Once you enter into Phantom, then, you'll be in no hurry to get out the other side.