Open Records is proud to present Backyard Bender, the debut release from Australian artist Tonelab.
Tonelab is Philip Rex, a veteran Melbourne musician from with feet in both the jazz and electronic worlds. One one hand, he is one of Australia’s most accomplished bass players, with multiple ARIA Award nominations and a win for Best Jazz Album in 1998 for The Future In Today.
On the other, he has a rich history in the Australian electronic music scene with legendary progressive trance project Decoy and the techno and house-inspired Rex’n’Chappo, both with longtime collaborator Ian Chaplin. The pair also produced music under the monikers IMPS with Marcus Henriksson and Sebastian Mullaert of Minilogue/Son Kite fame, and toured extensively in Australia and across the world.
Now with Tonelab, Philip is presenting his all-new take on melodic techno and house, with Backyard Bender the perfect introduction to his new sound. Blending a heavy groove with spacious atmospherics, giant stabs and a juicy, swung lead, it’s sure to please longtime fans of both Philip and Open Records’ music.
The A-side is supported by two other fine originals, from the classic pads and pounding bottom-end of Dirty Ducks, to the warm, emotive journey of The Feeling Of Her to close the release out.
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