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Fresh Kicks 85: The Subdermic

The Subdermic steps up with an hour of incendiary techno, acid, electro and experimental sounds...

Since The Subdermic released her first record back in 2001 (the ‘Nymph’ EP) the experimental, acid and electro DJ/producer – real name  Lilly Phoenix – has had cuts on labels including Kosovo’s TMM Records, Bass Agenda, and her own imprint.

It was on her own Subdermic label that, after a sabbatical, Phoenix announced her return in 2015 with a debut album packed with slick electro. In November 2017, she delivered  her second LP ‘Awakenings’. Phoenix’s sophomore album focused on compressed, claustrophobic techno, a sound she refined on her four-track EP ‘Skilling The Void’ for Balkan. There, jittering, glassy acid lines and razor-sharp percussion pushed bright beams through the oppressive cloak of low-end that enveloped each track.

Dark and oh, so beautiful, that EP lead the way for a more experimental turn for Phoenix, who released her ‘Morphology’ EP on inimitable cassette label Opal Tapes in July 2018. A dark, experimental and often harrowing collection of droning, noisy cuts it was a powerful reinvention for a producer who, for closer to two decades, had been honing a distinct identity. But was the change in style a conscious decision?

“Yeah it was a conscious move,” she tells DJ Mag now, explaining that the EP was partially a way for her to try her hand at a more TV score style composition. “I’ve always got different genre projects cooking at any one time, it helps keep the spice flowing  and I enjoy a change of soundscape. I like to diversify further with different jams and express different angles to my writing abilities.”

In the coming months, The Subdermic has a lot more music under her sleeve, ready to demolish whatever dancefloor it may cross. “I’ve just finished my third techno influenced LP after about a year in the making,” she explains. “I’m currently making a video with Rufus Ho to accompany the project too. It’s going to be stark, gritty and hopefully unsettling. I’m very happy with the music. We’re also running our electro night Motherchip Connexxion at 2648 in Cambridge city centre as a launch party for NullPTR’s release on CPU records on 19th October."

Meanwhile, she has stepped up with an hour of incendiary techno, electro and experimental sounds as part of our Fresh Kicks series. "It’s some of my favourite current tracks and a couple of nostalgic classics," she explains. "I’d want you to throw some shapes whilst listening, the feedback of people dancing and all that energy is what does it for me, knowing how to work a floor and having that reciprocated." Check it out below.

Last track that blew your mind?
“Aphex Twin ‘T69 Collapse’. He’s the master of phrase transition”

Last film you watched?
“I watched Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas last week because it’s been a while. It’s about time we had another Terry Gilliam movie”

Last dream you remember?
“It’s been a while now because I’m just so whacked by the time I sleep it’s always heavy. I remember I dreamt about almost everyone I’d ever known lived in this kinda colony of tree roots above ground, nobody had any real materialistic possessions but we was all kinda chill”

Favourite album to relax to?
“Currently it’s Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch ‘Bladerunner 2049’”

Favourite genre outside your own?
“Funk. I love the syncopation and the happy vibe”

Favourite DJ?
“I haven’t really got a favourite these days, I’ve always liked Luke Slater, I like Dave Clarke for his diversity of styles, Paula Temple is inspirational & an amazing producer”

What record is top of your wishlist?
“The new JK FLESH LP”

What's the best club you've played at?
“The Institute in B’ham, massive crowd, massive sound, would love to do something on a similar scale again”

Who is your biggest musical influence?
“So many people, Nick Rhodes, Anthony Childs, Lonnie Liston Smith, Edgar Froese, the list is endless really”

Tell us a joke...
“I’m addicted to brake fluid, but I can stop whenever I want”

Tracklist:

SECOND WOMAN ‘INSTANT II’ 
JOHANNES HEIL ‘LSD’ 
THE SUBDERMIC ‘2ND SHIFT’             
PARANOID LONDON ‘THE BOOMBOX AFFAIR’ 
SHAPECHANGER ‘CRYSTAL DREAMS’            
THE SUBDERMIC ‘THE THEME FROM THE TRIANGLE’ 
MARK BROOM ‘DANK’ 
TROY ‘REDSHIFT’ 
THE SUBDERMIC ‘MORE SUBSTANCE’ 
SURGEON ‘THE PRIMARY CLEAR LIGHT’ 
STEVE BICKNELL ‘PATTERNS OF SUPPRESSION’ 
-2 & VIL ‘TL3’ 
MILLSART ‘STEPS TO ENCHANTMENT’ 
SNTS ‘FIGURES IN THE MIST’ 
KMYLE ‘HYPNOSIS’ 
ROBERT HOOD ‘CLOCKS’ 
SETAOC MASS ‘LIGHT FALLS’ 
TRADE ‘HALF NELSON’ 
FRED2 ‘NITESHADE’ 
FADI MOHEM ‘RECKLESS’

Keep up with all things The Subdermic on her website, Facebook, Mixcloud and Soundcloud.

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