Astral Black and Scenic Route co-label boss and producer Jon Phonics, is rather the purveyor of the UKs leftfield. His productions and DJ sets span the sounds of hip hop, breaks, grime, house and more. Today he treats us with one from the archive illustrating his time on the circuit. A head-shaking beat chopped with scaling jazz piano trills and tripping drums, featuring sharp vocals from teknical.development is.
“Throughout lockdown I had the opportunity to dig through old hard drives and uncover some long forgotten gems. One of things that turned up was a project I recorded in 2013 called ‘Progression Is Overrated’ that never got released, the title seems more poignant now. This track features the modern day preacher like vocals of teknical.development is. (from the group Obba Supa) and feel just as relevant now as it did then. Tek came to my place in Brixton Hill – he sat, wrote to it and recorded it in one take in my then bedroom. Glad 2 B Sad”
This year we’ve chosen to split profits from the release between two charities, both of whom are doing important work within their respective fields.
The first charity is London-based organisation You Make It, a creative programme that offers young women access to tools, networks and experiences — group learning, 1-1 mentoring, work experience, start-up support and 1-1 pastoral support — giving them the confidence to transform their lives through personal empowerment.
The second is Nigeria-based initiative Project Protect, a subdivision of Burna Boy’s charitable NGO The Reach, launched to help provide financial, medical and legal resources for EndSars protestors during and after the protests.
Check the below playlist for all tracks in our Calendar.
Artwork across the series by Mark Grieg.