On the 20th of February, the distinctive arches of London venue Fire will provide the setting for the collaborative efforts of Krankbrother and Phonica Records, who present a searing lineup to match the location.
For more than a decade now, Phonica Records has been a central pillar in London’s dance music amphitheatre, now famed for its parties as well as for being Soho’s most visited record shop. Joining in arms with musical cover-all Krankbrother for the fourth year running, the hosts have invited friends Axel Boman, Ata, Move D and Prins Thomas for this tasty-looking affair.
As one of the men behind Frankfurt’s Robert Johnson, Ata puts his name to one of the world’s most respected techno clubs, and has been influencing and demonstrating the talents of Germany’s evermoving techno conveyor belt for over 20 years. As if such a reputation wasn’t enough to have techno lovers foaming at the mouth, Ata will be blessed with the company of Move D, a countryman of equal esteem who has recently had the honour of operating the curtain of Leeds’ favourite party Deep Fever. Few DJs can compete with the knowledge or influence of either; to have them play the same night is a treat reserved for special occasions.
Not to be outdone, Scandinavia also sends forward a pair of representatives, with Sweden’s Axel Boman and Norwegian Prins Thomas bringing weighty reputations of their own. Prins Thomas’ specialty indie-disco is as distinctive as it is fun, whilst Axel Boman has marked himself as a masterful artist in the studio with a deep, soulful approach to composition and a similarly thoughtful mindset in club settings.
And let’s not forget, the night’s hosts aren’t exactly new to the scene either, with Krankbrother having juggled their time between production, running a label and monthly parties in our capital for 10+ years.
And Phonica’s DJs? Well, they’ve got an entire record store at their disposal.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Move D