Phreax was a project born out of the friendship of Ade Pressly and Guy Buss, two rockers-turned-ravers by the acid house and balearic explosion of late 80's London. The pair started off as dancers, frequenting Spiral Tribe's countryside raves, Colin Dale and Colin Faber's Knowledge at SW1 Club and the Drum Club at Soundshaft. Inspired by this new sonic palette, drum kits were traded for drum machines and the guys pieced together a studio with gear acquired from the then-defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Between 1995 and 1997 Phreax penned three 12”s of wonky, experimental techno for Charlie Hall's M.C. Projects imprint. The last, 1997's Jitterballz EP, was the culmination of their hardware explorations. Fusing Moog synth lines with classic Roland drum boxes and the complexity of arrangement allowed by Cubase, Ade and Guy forged a heady but floor-functional record that still stands out as a monument to techno experimentalism. Wafting synths, eerie melody and complex beat programming combine to form a refreshingly unselfconscious and timeless recording. Over twenty years later we are happy to again present this fantastic EP to the dance floors of 2018.
Published: 3rd October 2018