Phoenix G - UK
Literally and metaphorically, scene veteran Colin “Mr. G” McBean is relentless. One half of ’90s techno terrors, The Advent, he now specialises in a kind of compact, rubberised tech-funk which, in its ultra-clipped loops and bustling, repetitive urgency, flourishes in the slipstream of functional genres past. In it, you can hear the aftershocks of classic tunnelling techno; XPress 2-era “tribal house”; something of EBM’s physicality; even ghettotech’s wild, filthy bounce. This is club music to its bones, then, and Mr. G is a master of the form.
Having been in the game for around 2 decades now, Mr. G is widely considered to be one of the most under-rated artists about – with only true music fans appreciating his vast contribution to dance music.
He was initially part of the KCC DJ trio playing at the now legendary Confusion parties and subsequently started recording as one half of The Advent, producing many ground-breaking releases/remixes and albums, and touring the world with their intense, relentless style of techno. In 1999 Colin decided to go his own way and founded the Phoenix G label in order to create his unique brand of analogue bass-heavy electronic tech-funk, which immediately attracted props from his peers and the music press alike.
Having achieved great acclaim for releases on other labels such as Defected, Duty Free, The End and Skint/Loaded, and remixing a wide range of artists – overground from chart-topping Roger Sanchez to Ms Kittin, and underground from Xpress II to Josh Wink and Ben Sims – he also received much attention for his releases/remixes out of Detroit on Moods ‘n’ Grooves.
In 2006, Rekids was proud to bring Mr. G onto the team. In the subsequent 3 years, he released ‘E.C.G.’ed’, ‘U Askin’?’ and ‘Makes No Sense’ – featuring remixes from Radio Slave and Marcel Dettmann. He also remixed Kenny Hawkes & David Parr’s single ‘Gemini’ for us in 2007. Last year saw the release of his long-awaited debut LP ‘Still Here (Get On Down)’, much to the delight of fans and peers alike. The album received unanimous praise across the globe, Resident Advisor and Mixmag both giving it a solid 4/5. Following the album’s release, Colin took it on the road with the Rekids world tour – His sets went down a treat, tantalizing crowds with his trademark blend of analogue driven grooves and luscious, soulful soundscapes.
In 2011, we envisage Colin’s live sets becoming legendary, along with a string of fresh material and remixes in the pipeline.