Jon Phonics (Jonathan Phoenix) has been steadily making a name for himself as a producer with releases on the likes of Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubblers and a limited edition
Cassette Tape through in 2013 (that sold out in under an hour).
His signature brand of deep textured, soulful productions is hard to pin point; drawing as much from early 90’s hiphop as it does early 00’s grime and 80’s funk.

Over the past 12 months his own label/club night, Astral Black, has been building a reputation as a platform for forward thinking producers in the burgeoning experimental hip hop and new wave grime scenes. The likes of Jaisu, Inkke and Opal Block have all contributed to the label’s hand screen printed cassette series and there are some seriously heavy 12″s planned for the coming months. Packed out club residencies in both Glasgow and London are a testament to how the label has grown.

First Word is delighted to welcome Phonics to the fold for the release of his ‘White Neckle‘ EP.

The instrumental tracks that you expect are present and correct with the addition of two standout

vocal performances from South-London rapper Rup and soul vocalist Yasine. Having

received early radio support from the likes of Alexander Nut, Moxie (NTS), LuckyMe‘s The

Blessings and Hyperdub‘s Scratcha DVA – ‘White Neckle‘ is another forward step for the

talented producer. Available as a digi-EP and a limited edition 7″ (featuring 4 of the tracks) it’s

the first of a run of projects for Phonics, with releases on Alexander Nut’s ‘Hotep‘ imprint and

collaboration’s with the likes of Pedestrian and Jam Baxter scheduled for release in the

coming months. Head over to First Word’s Bandcamp page here