Breakout star Berlin-based producer and live artist Ben Böhmer returns to Anjunadeep after a landmark 18 months.
Amassing over 50 million streams, picking up BBC Radio 1 support from Annie Mac and Pete Tong, including an ‘Essential New Tune’, being featured in Billboard’s ‘Ones To Watch’ and most notably releasing his acclaimed debut studio album Breathing last November.
This year, Ben released the Breathing (Remixed) LP featuring reworks from dance music royalty like Boris Brechja and Gui Boratto, along with his first-ever live album, ‘Live from Printworks London’.
He now follows with the statement three-track Phases EP. A set of exuberant and unapologetically club-ready tracks, the Phases EP is an almost nostalgic evocation of a more innocent and celebratory time.
“With the lockdowns and club closures still in effect across the world, the Phases EP is a kind of weird reminder of a lost world, of what once was.” Ben wistfully reminisces, “I made the music to sound great in big clubs to a big crowd late at night. In fact, I debuted two of the tracks in my Printworks set last year. Now that’s all gone, and that time seems a world away.”
Title track Phases, a highly sought after ID throughout Ben’s sets over the past 12 months sees him team up with Anjuna mainstay Spencer Brown for their second collaborative production.
The EP follows with a pair of certified dance floor moments, Motherboard adrift with vocal loops and driving bass and Zeit & Raum a staccato brass-laden number.
With a passion for abstract art and photography, Böhmer is using a piece by artist Tyrone Williams for the cover art of the Phases EP.
Ben continued, “Whenever I travel, I love to visit museums. But there’s no travel now, and all the museums are closed. It’s a different world.”
When he’s not working on music in his newly-built home studio, Ben currently occupies himself with games of chess and long walks through a nearby forest, living the quiet existence that we all have been reduced to, as we wait for the world to bloom again. ‘
Phases EP is out August 26 via Anjunadeep – pre-order here.
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