Deejay Astral, the artist formerly known as Palace, is making moves to establish his new persona, and his new EP on W&O Street Tracks should more than see to that. In the loosest possible sense, the three tracks that comprise Astral’s self-titled three-tracker could be classified as house music. But it’s so much more than that. None of the tracks on the EP stick to a rigid format, constantly toying with house music’s innumerable tropes. “Phantasy”, in particular, takes a deep house melody and distorts it to give it a crunchy analogue feeling not often heard in house music. Add to that the unsettling, tortured vocal refrain that drips with anguish and you’ve got a piece of house music that won’t be forgotten in a hurry. This is one hell of an opening gambit and one we can’t wait to see him top.
The whole EP including the title track Phantasy, Junction and Zen are out today and can be purchaised in any good store (is Beatport okay?). Massive tune, sorry for copycatting the Complex guys who premiered the track buit there’s nothing more to say, just let me repeat it!