Alec L. Critten
Deep and heavy, this album is a masterful example of an artist employing minimalist elements to their maximum potential. While a track may only have echoing synths and a kick drum, the phase90 project uses these ostensibly repetitive elements to construct something more than the sum of its parts. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys quality techno late at night. Listen closely.
Favorite track: ango.
Biff Johnson and Shelley Andrews
Hidden gem .Very interesting sound design and beats. Ambient at times with more floating grooves. It still punches when the occasion arises. Killer recording and production.
Favorite track: vinci.
This is a really special piece of music. There is a sense of clarity, the feeling of a lucid thought, and I can't think of any other music I've ever heard that could project this. Really perfect for good headphones.
Favorite track: vinci.
The debut album from the Phase90 project, inspired by the possessive quality of supernatural textures, field recordings and found sounds conducted at the Calvary Cemetery. This project celebrates progress of the soul, a concept which stems from metempsychosis. The material on this album can be interpreted as sinistral--dark,, heavy due to the hardware and its currencies emitted by its source--the phase 90. An acidic dream of tramsliminality, this is the first Phase90 project to materialize in its essence, unitl now..
"Steven Hitchell rekindles his Phase90 alias with an absorbing reshuffle of its debut album, 'Infinitati' including unreleased and remastered material.
This is arguably some of the strongest material from any of his myriad pseudonyms, mostly thanks to an sort of frayed, agitated approach to his rhythms, preferring knotty, sparking shuffles and delicate dub bounce rather than his patented heavy trodders.
The atmospheres too are dealt with a nimble hand, full of organically diffused melody and dusty chain reactions occurring around the sound-sphere with dreamy, elusive quality.
If you've ever needed a place to dip your toes in Deepchord/Echospace's oceans of sound, this is it." -Boomkat
"Insomniacs and nightcrawlers unite, Phase90 has released a big record! We would call it an album, but it’s actually a 2x12”, which is pretty different. It’s like an album for someone who wants to keep it casual and low-key, which works for dub techno stuff, arguably the most low-key genre out there. So yeah it’s this Phase90 guy that’s also Intrusion and Variant - just when you thought that dub techno had loads of producers involved, it turns out that there’s just one. Amazing.
Infinitati brings the murk. The misty, rainy haze of the city at night is omnipresent, bringing in cosmic sounds and imagery, buried radio static that could be obscured voices for all I know, and those sparse, bleak minor chord stabs. You can hear some flanger subtly soaring over the hissy atmospherics in the background, the perfect accompaniment to a space trip or two. Beat-wise, it begins with something even more downtempo than a slow 4x4, before building up to just that after 5 mins or so. This solitary kick is joined by some little fizzy white noise snares on the B side, becoming even more defined as you get further on into the album. 2x12, sorry. It almost sounds like a normal snare on the unreleased mix of ‘Vinci’, a track that has more mechanistic looping than most of them on here. There’re also some minitreats to be found, the last track on the B side being some crazy little ambient clunk piece that shifts between the ears. Loverly.
Oh and don’t forget, it’s all smothered in a lake of reverb and cavernous dub delay. What do you expect? It’s Echospace..."
"A reissue of Echospace’s Phase90 project with remastered audio, unreleased material, and packaging handled by Lindsay Todd. Inspired by field recordings from Calvary Cemetery this is haunting music, acidic dreams for those who enjoy a walk on the wrong side."
-Fact Magazine (Release of the week)
"Phase90 is a solo project from Detroit artist Stephen Hitchell, better known for his solo work as Variant and for making up the numbers in dub techno groups Echospace and cv313. Debut album Infinitati is a spacious and haunted piece – dark, ghostly, yet not exactly sinister. This is a great introduction to the aquatic world of echospace as a whole and builds upon the foundations laid down on LP's such as The Coldest Season and the various incarnations of the ever evolving echospace production unit. Perfect winter listening for anyone into The Detroit Escalator Company, Basic Channel or the Modern Love label." -Bleep
"Echospace Detroit's double LP edition of Phase90's project, lovingly remastered by Bazza (Abbey Road Studios / Thom Yorke) @ Alchemy Mastering, London. Features unreleased new material and beautiful silk screened metallic sleeves and art direction from the very talented Lindsay Todd of Firecracker Recordings & House Of Traps. The entire album was bounced down to 1/4" analog tape prior to remastering to preserve the integrity of the masters. This project was deeply inspired by the possessive quality of supernatural textures, field recordings and found sounds conducted at the Calvary Cemetery. There's something quite haunting in the underlying tone of these recordings, an ominous feeling not for the fainthearted. "Infinitati" celebrates the progression of the soul, a concept which stems from metempsychosis. Echospace / Deepchord fans will not be disappointed; these are unfathomably deep textures and pools of sound in which to get immersed, bringing whole new depths to the dub-techno blueprint. Crackles of white noise interference meet with rich plumes of organic bass hum while dub fragments and artifacts litter the mix. This truly is the dog's bollocks for anyone with a penchant for dub or techno production. Unrivalled." -Piccadilly
released January 1, 2015
w + p by phase90. mastered + engineered in echospace.
This is an incredible album. Each track is a flawless ambient dub masterpiece - exquisite, delicate, immense and emotive. Pure bliss from start to finish. Diarmaid Collins / Lustbader / DK+DI / PresidentAndroid