Black Boulder

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Phon.o, the boy with the dubby background, started to play records with his buddy Apparat in the early '90s, far in the darkest reaches of the ruff'n'tuff Harz mountains, in former East Germany. In 1997, seeking new and bright horizons, he moves to beautiful Berlin and is given the keys to his first apartment. During the wet autumn of 1998, he started to create his own music and emerged in the spring of 2000 with his first release on Cytrax (Kit Clayton and DJ Jasper's itchy, noisy, dubby California techno label). Phon.o then found himself "misled, used and abused" by the notorious big rock'n roll swindler, T.Raumschmiere, who connives him into joining his gang, Shitkatapult. Chris De Luca and Phon.o joined forces in spring 2006. This unconventional combination of intergalactic hip-hop, ghetto beats, sexy booty IDM and dirty techno goes beyond typical contemporary genre boundaries. In 2008, the results of CLP's dirty collaboration got released as the EP Ready Or Not on Boysnoize Rec., including remixes by Diplo and Mixhell and as an eclectic, genre-blending hip-hop album called Supercontinental on Shitkatapult. In 2009, Phon.o did remixes for the likes of Modeselektor, Boys Noize, Schlachthofbronx and Robot Koch. In 2011, Phon.o started to release on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label with a new sound somewhere between the grooves of UK-Funky and dubstep and the classic Berlin dub-techno school of Basic Channel/Hardwax. For many, Phon.o has been producing some of his dopest material of late. His two singles in 2011 have been compared to the best moments of Burial and expectations for Black Boulder are high. The album delivers exactly what the two pre-singles Slavemode/Abbey Road and ABAW723/Sad Happiness hinted at. A fresh blend of bleepin' technoid garage, the usual dub elements and even two ear-catching vocal tunes featuring Pantasz of Bodi Bill fame and Tunde Olaniran. While the first four artist albums on 50 Weapons have all been debut albums, this one isn't. On the other hand it feels like one, since this is the successful reinvention of an artist who has been active in various styles for over a decade.