Head V Heart from Nightwalk LP , out 30 April on Limbo Records
Step into a different dimension with the second studio album from Phraktal, ‘Nightwalk’. Prepare to navigate through a spectrum of deep, low-slung electronic grooves and dubbed-out rhythms that leave you wanting more.
Lead single ‘Cabal’ offers a cataclysmic sonic experience. Fierce with it’s progressive yet naturistic, tribal, outer-worldly approach, ‘Cabal’ is unlike anything that has gone before. The introduction of choral tribal chants & static endeavours of communication make for unforgettable listening. It undoubtedly presents a crescendo moment with it’s pumping bass & insatiable climax.
Cuts such as ‘Look inside’ are stripped back to the bare bones with lush emotive melodies and subtle backbeats that raise the orgasmic mood to new plains.
Making another appearance halfway through ‘Nightwalk’ the trio collaborated again with late 90’s techno icon Jamez of Touche and Mute Records. The vocal track ‘Forbidden’ introduces vocalist Louise Browne into the fray to co-write a haunting and soothing vocal with pulsating hypnotic 909 rhythms.
Phraktal flip the groove on its head with ‘Kruschonk’. The penultimate album track brings a grittiness, somewhat reminiscent of a darker force descending on earth. Layered heavily with non-native synth melodies and echoing calls, it is a stark contrast with album closer ‘Myopic’ which feels patient, yet still other-worldly. After a tentative opening, ‘Myopic’ then explodes into life with a sumptuous change in mood mid-way through the track with sharp stabbing modular synths emulating an emphatic battle.
With ‘Nightwalk’ set to launch the new and exciting sub-label of one of dance music’s royalty – Limbo Records Black series, 2021 is shaping up to be a defining moment for Phraktal.