Bergamo-based label PHO BHO lands for the first time on our platform, peeps! This is also the first time they release a compilation: Featuring thirteen tracks, “Pho Beat Bazar Vol. 1” embodies the classical atmosphere you breathe in an Asian Market, a jumbled stand where whoever is patient enough to root around can find the oddest goods. The EP depicts a shared virtual place where different artists – including a couple of our favourites amidst the so-called Dark Disco/Indie Dance scene: A-Tweed (SXDNS222/FREEDL029) and Radial Gaze – come close together through the power of music.
The piece we chose to review/premiere, “Rovine Circolari”, is one of those tracks that you cannot define either the genre or BPM so easily: If you consider its speed is only 99 BPMs, then you can label it as a Cold Wave-influenced tune and close your eyes while immersing into the gloomy trip it intends to lead you to; however, if your body craves to dance to it as if its pace were 199 BPMs, then you are facing a dangerous Gabber-infused theme.
The mastermind behind such cool weirdness is Florence-based Matteo Mugnai aka Nero Zang, a young and creative artist part of the Tropical Animals collective. According to Matteo himself, his work can be described as “music from the fourth world, a psychedelic path among primitive exotic rhythms and cosmic explorations”. The kid definitely likes to think out of the box.
You can find (and buy) this and other music pearls on the Bandcamp page of the label.