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"Less Is More"

"Imagine a craftsman that re-imagines music and presents it in new ways: that's Phontaine. Although I don't fully understand the world of remixing, it's clear to me that this album took more than just a great set of ears to create. A true craftsman not only understands how to use his tools but also when NOT to use them. That's Phontaine: less is more."

Tim Tamashiro, Host
TONIC, CBC Radio 2 - CBC Radio

"Music: CD Reviews [Phontaine: Phontaine]"

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Music: CD Reviews [Phontaine: Phontaine]
Phontaine: Phontaine
(Brighton Sound)
By James Bartlett

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Originally from Brighton – home of Fatboy Slim and known as "London-by-the-Sea" – Grant Baldwin, aka Phontaine, was actually raised in Vancouver, with his self-titled debut album as refreshing as a warm bath for the ears.

"I listen to tones and timbres before notes and arrangement," says Baldwin. This comes across clearly on the disc – a multi-purpose and subtle mix of dance, electronica, ambient and jazz, looking far up and above the dance floor.

Phontaine’s structure and moods are cinematic too, reminding listeners of eclectic film composers like Simon Fisher Turner and the Sasha and Digweed "Northern Exposure" series from a few years back. It’s no surprise when you find that he had a track in the IMAX film Sacred Planet – a rare privilege.

Expect more on the way from this eclectic artist.

Grade: A

- Campus Circle


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After 2 successful albums, and many placements in hot shows like The O.C and Damages, producer/DJ Grant Baldwin spent the past couple of years forming a live band. They not only perform the tracks but take them in dynamic directions.
In a world of DJ's phontaine brings in the organic human element to the seamless flow of mixing live.
Rich vocals, funky beats and
smooth horns take you on a nostalgic sonic journey.