Building on the success of release one, the second release on London’s Meta Junction are two analogue Techno tracks by Phelan Kane. Lime Alpha & Cluster Defuse are two cuts of dark, modular synth, Acid-inspired Techno with melodic overtones.
Meta Junction is a community of London-based electronica musicians and progressive experimentalists working with classic old-skool and nu-skool hardware and software.
The community’s output mixes a wide range of styles uninhibited by arbitrary labelling, marrying digital communication and new technology with analogue music production methods. Meta nurtures innovation and the characters of Meta Junction (Phelan Kane, Mole Vanity, Lag) are a broad pallet – an inclusive mix of music makers and talents to enhance the EDM spectrum.
Realised by seasoned producer Phelan Kane, the Meta sound was born from an obsession with vintage analogue Moog, ARP & Oberheim synthesizers, modular systems, classic effects units, dub production techniques and a big arse Calrec mixing desk that takes the output way out of the box – with a nod to the classic sounds of the electronic trail blazers and confirmation that the computer is only one part of the production mix.
From an early age Phelan Kane has been a purveyor of electronic music. Visiting the legendary BlueBird records long before UNKLE’s James Lavelle, Phelan soaked up the latest hip hop and Go Go releases in the mid ’80s that led to ardent following of the likes of DJ Froggy and Pete Tong in Blues & Soul magazine.
In 1987 Phelan was introduced to the Chicago & Detroit sound and the legendary Tony Humphries KISS FM radio show on a trip to New York, while back in the UK the emerging underground sound ushered in likes of Jazzy M’s Jacking Zone on LWR Radio, KISS FM, Centreforce, Phantasy and the legendary parties held by MFI, Sunrise and Genesis.
Ever a devotee, this obsession continued through the next twenty years or so of rave culture and all its associated web of genres and styles, from the birth of Drum & Bass, the invention of Tech House to the early DMZ Dubstep parties.
By the late ’90s, after graduating from Islington Music Workshop, the same engineering school that gave the world Grammy winner producer Paul Epworth, Kane was engineering and programming professionally and over the next decade clocked up a formibale roster including Placebo (Pure Morning, Every Me Every You, 20 Years), Witness (Before the Calm), Dido (Here With Me remix), Amanda Ghost (Ghost Stories), Snow Patrol (Starfighter Pilot), Elastica (Mad Dog), Aziz Ibrahim (Our Fold), Alabama 3 (Too Sick to Pray), Deus (Ideal Crash remix), Fangoria (El Extraño Viaje), Das Pop (I Love, The Human Thing) & Lalalover (Heliotropic).
In 2001 Phelan worked closely with pioneering Mute recording artist, the late Fad Gadget a.k.a. Frank Tovey. playing an instrumental part in Fad Gadget’s support on Depeche Mode’s 2001 ‘Exciter’ tour and as part of the Fad Gadget band, performing at Euro Rock in Benelux and Wembley Arena.
Around this time Kane also began teaching his cutting-edge production techniques at Tech Music School London where, in 2001 he taught Radiohead members Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway and in 2006 completed a Masters degree in Audio Technology. He became one of the first wave of Ableton Certified Trainers in 2007.
Phelan Kane’s sound is a seamless mix of analogue and digital thump, a collage of analogue, digital, modular synth, plug-in, mixing desk and computer – a mix of FX and loops cut on the fly, this is the audio soundtrack to a psychedelic biomechanical future