In the latest release from its revitalized label, Fuse presents the talents of Phara, an in-house resident and a prominent figure in Belgium’s music scene. Taking control of the second installment, Phara embarks on a profound exploration of rich percussion and lively club environments. The track ‘The Wall’ carefully examines contemporary dance music with a touch of authentic vintage spontaneity, blending the confrontational essence of techno with the harmonic sincerity of house.
Phara artfully mirrors this duality through his connection to Fuse, his home base, and the harmonious contrast between the venue’s two distinctive rooms.
The EP’s title track serves as a hypnotic introduction for the A1, imposing a bass-heavy rhythm and a persistently oscillating synth line. A dense production full of energy, ‘The Wall’ inspires intrigue throughout its duration, revealing its true intentions through a capable sound system.
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Introducing the initial facet of the press is ‘Blaes 208,’ a name familiar to Fuse club enthusiasts, leading the listener seamlessly from effects to an embrace.
With opulent keys resonating alongside a reassuring drum sequence tailored for an intimate, eyes-closed dancefloor encounter, Phara’s impactful inclinations converge with his fondness for melodics, creating six blissful minutes of connection between the crowd and the selector. Transitioning to the other side, a swift return to a chilly, stark aesthetic becomes evident with ‘Hush Now 206.’
A pummeling, saturated bass competes with a kick of equal effect, rolling through a storm of metallic stabs. Mastering the message of urgency, Phara presents a lightshow of resonating percussive work, defining his space just to cut right through it.
To close out with a lasting impression, the producer mutes the acoustics of his work through razor-sharp sound design dotting along playful snares, a duality reminiscent of the dynamism of Detroit electro. ‘Motion Steps’, referring to the stairs that ascend from Fuse’s main room to its more left-field counterpart, captures the atmosphere of the almost shimmering music that can be expected to be played there; a place where Phara and many others have been known to explore the extremities of their music. He swiftly throws in melodic elements to recontextualize an otherwise pressing composition, and after three chapters of considerable weight, he concludes his record with infectious groove that flaunts technical ability.
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