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Founded in London in 2007, Phantasy has steadily transformed into one of the UK’s most diverse and artistically ambitious small labels. Neither rooted in electronic or alternative music, Phantasy small but expanding stable of artists work closely with founder and creative director Erol Alkan, to achieve the best possible sound and vision for a diverse audience. All Phantasy releases are pressed on vinyl as well as released digitally.
While always defying definition, a contemporary psychedelic streak binds together Phantasy’s unique roster.
Since his debut album, ‘Drone Logic’, Daniel Avery has found a devoted and international audience for his initially against-the-grain blend of subtle electronica and captivating dancefloor moments. Helping to define a new era of acid house and techno, the recent ‘New Energy [Collected Remixes] captures his influence on dance music at large, with contributions from Perc, Roman Flugel, Special Request and more. New Zealander Connan Mockasin also found the perfect home on Phantasy for his offbeat and visionary psych-pop, most recently seeing his sophomore album ‘Caramel’ gain huge critical acclaim, while his stunning debut, ‘Forever Dolphin Love’, was celebrated as Recordstore’s album of the year in 2012.
Having released his self titled debut LP, the similarly singular Ghost Culture blends driving, experimental electronics with a classic singer-songwriter sensibility, earning it a place as Rough Trade’s first album of the month of 2015. Based in Brazil, Babe Terror specialises in otherworldly beats and absorbing lo-fi, while occasional collaborator, the mysterious U, does much the same with a fractured, British rave aesthetic. Phantasy’s latest signing, Kamera, has since delivered ARC, a frosty and fully formed EP that seamlessly joins the dots between Berlin club culture and captivating, overwhelming drone.
Meanwhile, solo singles from The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands, cult pianist Gonzales and Late of the Pier compliment the music of Erol Alkan himself, whose much anticipated EP, ‘Illumination’, has been his only solo release thus far.