BEN BÖHMER unviels 3-track ‘PHASES’ EP via Anjunadeep
Breakout star Berlin-based producer and live artist Ben Böhmer returns to Anjunadeep after a landmark 18 months. After releasing his acclaimed debut studio album, Breathing, last November, he amassed over 50 million streams, picked up BBC Radio 1 support from Annie Mac and Pete Tong, and was featured in Billboard’s Ones To Watch. This year, Böhmer released the Breathing (Remixed) LP, featuring reworks from dance music royalty like Boris Brechja and Gui Boratto, along with his first-ever live album, Live from Printworks London. He now follows with the statement three-track EP, Phases.
A set of exuberant and unapologetically club-ready tracks, the Phases EP is an almost nostalgic evocation of a more innocent and celebratory time. “With the lockdowns and club closures still in effect across the world, Phases is a kind of weird reminder of a lost world, of what once was,” Böhmer wistfully reminisces. “I made the music to sound great in big clubs to a big crowd late at night. In fact, I debuted two of the tracks in my Printworks set last year. Now that’s all gone, and that time seems a world away.”
Title track “Phases,” a highly sought after ID throughout Ben’s sets over the past 12 months sees him team up with Anjuna mainstay Spencer Brown for their second collaborative production. The EP follows with a pair of certified dance floor moments, “Motherboard,” adrift with vocal loops and driving bass and “Zeit & Raum,” a staccato brass-laden number.
With a passion for abstract art and photography, Böhmer is using a piece by artist Tyrone Williams for the cover art of the Phases EP. “Whenever I travel, I love to visit museums,” says Böhmer. “But there’s no travel now, and all the museums are closed. It’s a different world.”
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