Record of the Week: Frank Beat - Gloom EP [Phunk Traxx]

Frank Beat’s 'Gloom' EP, three mesmeric house tracks released this week in a flurry of excitement, are typical of the Phunk Traxx label sign-on; moody, club-ready and addictive.

'Gloom', the opening track on the EP, sets the scene. A synth-laden sunset warm up, which if you close your eyes, brings you into a scene from Disney’s Fantasia. 'Nightfall' showcases Beat’s Spanish tech-house influences from his time in Ibiza and in Zaragoza. Inspired in his early days by Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola and Stacey Pullen, all white isle veterans, 'Nightfall' brings the best of late night Ibiza to a swelling subset roller. Only for huge sound systems, 'Intraction' boasts a wavering treble line, didgeridoo-like in its cadence. All three tracks link together perfectly in any order for a different mood, played as they appear on the EP you’re ready for the strobes to start on the dance floor and for the levels to hit the red.

Usually a pick for the mainstream, Beat’s latest productions have delved into minimal and underground zones. While playing at Pacha or DC10 sees him in his element, in the studio is where he’s pushing his art.

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Words: Bill