If the name Black Ph03nix isn’t immediately ringing a bell, perhaps its because it is the alter ego of Larry Achiampong — and if you’re not familiar by now, we’ll help you out anyway. Achiampong is the London-based producer behind the excellent Meh Mogya and More Mogya series of LPs that drew upon the Ghanaian rhythms of Achiampong’s parents music growing up, chopping up the vintage highlife records of his youth to dope effect. The music being released under Achiampong’s Black Ph03nix moniker represents the next phase of the project, this time finding Larry cooking up tracks from the other various sounds that shaped his childhood, including the news, video games, and films that have seeped into his subconsciousness over time. Entitled Phoenix Rising: Unfinished Business, this continuation of Achiampong’s exploration of his personal musical sound scape is commissioned by basic.fm, where you can find a deeper explanation of the whole project. “News of a World” is one of the Phoenix Rising tracks, and features audio samples from recently passed Margaret “Megatron” Thatcher and Neil “Optimus Prime” Kinnock (nicknames conferred by the Black Ph03nix himself) and is giving us a Madlib feel that’s straight dopeness. Check out “News of a World” below and stay tuned for more on the Phoenix Rising project.
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