Freak is a single in transit - a nod towards the series of rhodes-laced groovers released on Summer Thing (2018) and a step leftward into experimental dance music.
The record kicks off in familiar Philip Grass fashion on 'Done with the Groove,' a shuffling house track assembled around wandering keys and pads. While a bit somber on the front half, a warm chord appears and reframes the main loop into something more uplifting and resolute.
Side B enters unfamiliar territory. Freak Dub is a hypnotic track at the intersection of garage and techno. A deeper sentiment is evoked here than on previous work. Anxiety, a looming end of days, met with a deranged grin and ripped speaker cones.
Freak concludes in reflection to the merits uncovered on track one and two. The title track finds a balance. While garage-adjacent, open space and soft tones maintain the track’s composure. It sits at a boiling point - a versatile track and great mixer for left-leaning sets.
Available in digital and limited vinyl (30 units)
released May 10, 2019
All songs written and produced by Philip Grass.
Mastered by M.A Spaventi at Spaventi Studio in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.