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Scanning Backwards

by Phase Fatale

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Death Militia Assembly This is definitely the best record from Phase Fatale, some dark pads and atmospheres joined to heavy "punchy basslines" and low bpm industrial breakz make it a masterpiece. Favorite track: Mass Deception.
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Stefan Karolewicz Strong album. Binding by Oath is somewhat reminiscent of Pure Energy by Speedy J to put it mildly, but that's definitely not a bad reference if you ask me.
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SHIKOR Still have goosebumps all over my body whoah! Favorite track: Polystyrene.
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Xavier Malleret Dark atmosphere and beautiful sub bass. A brillant record with original sounds, textures and a real quality of composition !!! Best of 2020 !!! Favorite track: Mass Deception.
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Blinky Blinky Computerband / BLINKYPIX A again another great album release by Phase Fatal with eight fantastic track. One of my favorite tracks is "De-patterning" which is featured in my DJ Mix #18 on Mixcloud.
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    1. Velvet Imprints
    2. Binding by Oath
    3. Polystyrene
    4. During the Freezing Process
    5. Mass Deception
    6. Proxy Contact
    7. De-patterning
    8. Splintered Heels

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    A1. Velvet Imprints
    A2. Binding by Oath
    B1. Polystyrene
    B2. During the Freezing Process
    C1. Mass Deception
    C2. Proxy Contact
    D1. De-patterning
    D2. Splintered Heels

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Polystyrene 05:21


Scanning Backwards, Phase Fatale’s second full-length album following his 2017 debut album for Hospital Productions, is music about control. Using the connection between weaponized sound and psychological manipulation as a conceptual foundation, Hayden Payne explores the ways in which music – and sub frequencies in particular – are used to influence thinking and to synchronize emotions and behavior: from military technology to sound systems and the physicality and sexuality of queer techno culture.

Known for his innovative post-punk takes of dance music as featured on EPs for unterton and Ostgut Ton, the Berghain resident draws on his background as both a guitarist and sound engineer to create a heady mix of broken rhythms, noise-, and shoegaze-inflected techno, often at slower tempos. The result is music with space and pace to expand, highlighting the intense rushes of frequencies found in both sonic warfare and functional dance music. Over eight tracks named after a combination of historical and fictional narratives from literature and science fiction, Payne’s rhythmic excursions explore different manifestations of sound as power – specifically within the context of seeing Berghain as an instrument itself. This is also reflected in the album artwork, taken from an early flyer for the SNAX party series and an obvious ode to the fetishization of power dynamics.

In his own words: “All tracks on the album, no matter the style, were tailored to sound a certain way in Berghain – something I figured out through years of dancing in the middle of the floor, DJing as a resident and investigating what frequencies really penetrate the body. This includes speech and high-frequency, brain-penetrating instrumentation and drilling textures that I had not utilized so often before, but which I think also have an effect on thought and memory. It's especially true in a space where gay and fetish roots combine with music in unexpected ways, almost in a cultish manner. A musical and physical deprogramming and reprogramming, psychic driving and de-patterning, the erasing and replacing of memories.”

Ultimately, Scanning Backwards surveys not only the manipulative properties of electronic music (mantras, loops, subliminal messages) but also how rhythm facilitates both moving and thinking in synchrony; a pulse of coordinated sound- and brainwaves.


released January 24, 2020

all tracks written and produced Hayden Payne


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