Phantom Limb is excited to launch its new imprint - Visitant - a new series of split 12"s acting as a meeting point between electronic producers from across the globe, specially invited to collaborate on one side each on vinyl.
Its inaugural release, VISITANT001 is the tense, powerful marriage of South Korea's Enyang Ha and Mexico's Luz González Torres aka Demian Licht, two producers crafting thrilling, boundary-pushing experimental dance music that calls equally to the head, heart and body.
From Mexico City's vibrant, heady underground dance scene - Demian Licht emerged in 2016 as an electrifying new voice in techno with the self-released debut Female Criminals vol. 1 through her own label Motus Records. A brooding, fiercely intellectual, floor-orientated call to feminist arms, the record coincided with Demian's qualification as an Ableton Certified Trainer, making her the first (and as yet only) woman in Latin America to hold such a certification. Her stark abilities as a producer - those skills that attracted Ableton - are evident throughout her Visitant side. Opening cut "Ankaa" weaves broken vocal samples through a skittering beat and quasi-industrial, abandoned-factory reverbs. It ebbs and flutters by, grabbing at the senses until the 4m30s mark, when it true dark heart is revealed, bursting into a deep 4/4 charge. It is foiled perfectly by "Heyanajo", a more subtle and deceptively creeping exploration of the same vocal samples, now reduced to a melting-machine babble. More recently Demian Licht has also collaborated with Eomac (one half of Lakker) on a crucial 12" released by Eomac on his Eotrax label last year.
On the flip side, South Korea's Enyang Ha responds rapturously to Demian. "Plastic Run" begins with moody drones and static shocks, gradually unfolding into Blade Runner futurism with disorientating, sci-fi collisions of sound design and a ripping pulse. Its percussive relentlessness acts as a foundation to a swirling, tripped-out techno destined to deeply destabilise floors. Closer "Reverse Birth" levels the dancefloor back out. Banging on Berghain's doors with an urgent, throbbing bassline and syncopated stabs, a closer listen to its sound design reveals a meticulous science. A healing power amidst all the damage of its rhythm.
Enyang Ha was most recently heard as a contributor to Tunisian experimental techno star Deena Abdelwahed's remix collection with her interpretation of "Rabbouni", alongside luminaries Karen Gwyer and MESH. In the Korean language, enyang translates to something like silver pearl - and just as shimmering are the sounds that ensue when Enyang Ha wires her modular synths. She is classically trained in violin and piano and is now a resident of Berlin. A highly accomplished mastering engineer, she has worked on releases by the likes of Amnesia Scanner and Eartheater. Enyang has recently co-founded the label System Records.
Phantom Limb's Visitant series will continue on beyond this release with new collaborations between electronic producers from across the world.