Phonica Records frontman Luther Vine knows the London music scene inside and out. Perhaps to be expected, when you’re living and breathing it. And digging for records is something of a second nature. Owning the staff charts and serving up sounds direct from his second home, which happens to be the champion record store of the city.
Such a dedicated ear is well primed for the selection of of music. It makes sense therefore to see Vine in collaboration with several entities, DJ’ing at The Lion & Lamb, mixing for Rinse FM and streaming from the Phonica shop itself. He’s even curating on the shop’s own label, premiered recently on our pages.
Now also working on 20:20 Vision A&R, his latest project involves curation on a new program for the label. Fragments Of Reality is the platform and Vine is choosing the players on the wax. The first instalment features a VA and it starts with one of London’s finest – Subsequent boss and fabric resident Voigtmann.
‘Automatic Chemistry’ on the premiere makes for a bold beginning. Driving bassline pummels groove from the off as rapid percussion sits strong over the beat. Echoed chatter litters the back, feeding subtle atmosphere amongst the ruckus.
Energy remains for the duration, climbing through blending acid and melodic scores of textured synth. Serious beat becomes more determined, touched by a dark growl that is kept grounded by the more gently pitched stabs around it. This is of course just the opening salvo from a label which promises to produce many more highlights than the one found in FOR001. Watch this space.
Buy the record from, of course, from Phonica Records.