Phase Fatale will debut on Ostgut Ton next month with the Reverse Fall EP. 

Over the past four years, Hayden Payne (a.k.a Phase Fatale) has earned a reputation as a techno innovator, both for the broad spectrum of dystopian electronics included in DJ sets as well as his deep understanding of synthesis and sound design in his productions. Having previously released on labels such as Jealous God, Payne made his Unterton debut with last year’s Anubis EP. Since then, he has settled into residencies at both Berghain in Berlin and Khidi in Tbilisi, released his first LP on Hospital Productions, and kicked off his own label BITE with a collaborative EP by himself and Silent Servant.

Reverse Fall is inspired in part by Crash, J.G. Ballard’s dystopian novel on the fetishization of car crashes. We’re told that it sees the New York native sharpen the rhythmic contours of his productions, “creating an imposing wall of sound within the techno framework.” The music is described as uncompromising motorized, cybernetic techno—infused with haunting soundtrack-like flourishes reminiscent of films by directors John Carpenter and Dario Argento.


A1. Reverse Fall

A2. Incision

B1. Blackbox

B2. Empty Whip

Reverse Fall will arrive on July 13, with clips streaming below—or here for EU readers due to temporary GDPR restrictions.