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Disco collective Payfone - release debut EP International Smark/People

Disco collective Payfone - release debut EP International Smark/People

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire October 10th, 2013.

London based production and DJ outfit Payfone aka Phil Passera with collaborators Jimmy Day and Chieka Ononye drop their debut release International Smark / People, backed up by a remix from disco luminary Pete Herbert, on SLATE’S SLATES Records, scheduled for release 4th November. The result of 2 years of “collaborative research” in the their analogue studio, Payfone’s debut release has been inspired by Passera’s collection of vintage telephones and studio hardware. Seasoned producers in their own right, Passera and Day have been releasing music since the late 90s; Passera as Kitty Bronx & Leon Lace, and Day with disco-house outfit Cagedbaby and more recently the much hyped Let The Machines Do The Work.

Collectively they bring an impressive amount of production prowess and musical knowledge to the Payfone project, a trait that shines through in their debut release.



‘International Smark’ (translation: International Taste) opens with an 8bit techno tinged waltz before quickly floating into dreamy synth chords and staccato guitar licks. Featuring an infectious cross dialect narrative (Swedish/Finish) provided by international songstress Tigerlight, the track comes across like a meeting between Metro Area and Abba - two of acts Payfone cite as big inspirations. Accompanied by a quirky promo video shot on the New York Subway L train, ‘International Smark’ boasts an infectious characteristic that keeps you coming back for more.

‘People’ explores an electro disco aesthetic bouncing along into the night with a heavily pitch affected vocal and angular bassline that drives an incessant groove. On remix duties disco house luminary Pete Herbert provides an up-beat take on ‘People’ taking proceedings into peak-time disco territory. A calculated blend of low slung synths, futurist sounds and the un-mistakable vocal, this is Herbert showcasing why the likes of Grace Jones, Juan Maclean, Royksopp, Inflagranti, and The Glimmers have all come knocking for remixes.

An impressive debut offering of sublime synthesised disco, International Smark / People is out digitally 4th November and out now on vinyl.

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