A central figure within New York City’s electronic music community, Phil Moffa brandishes many hats: go-to mixing and mastering engineer for house and techno luminaries, studio owner of the beloved hub Butcha Sound Studios, and revered artist/producer in his own right fluent in a range of club-oriented and texturally ethereal sonic languages. Now in his twentieth year as an instructor and lecturer in the studio production program at SUNY Purchase’s Conservatory of Music, as well as teaching in the Sonic Arts MFA program at Brooklyn College, he’s long emphasized the importance of experimentation and collaboration. So it’s only fitting that his latest project should connect all of the aforementioned in perhaps the most organic way imaginable. The “Second Foundation” Remixes EP features Phil’s own music as re-imagined by four remixers several years his junior - AceMo, Photay, Alredna, and Zianni Orange - all of whom also happen to be former or current attendees of his production masterclass.
Culled from material originally released on Elevation and Rare Forms, the 4-track digital release represents a uniquely intergenerational creative exchange. Renowned as mainstays of NYC’s dance music scene, AceMo and Photay were students of Phil’s in the mid-2010s when, as Phil has recalled, they were already making “the most futuristic stuff I ever heard.” Tapped to remix Phil’s furiously atmospheric “Elevation,” AceMo’s treatment remains true to his one-time teacher’s appraisal, intensifying the track’s rhythmic elements to their punishing limits while expertly interweaving mesmerizing synth textures as counterpoint over the course of its nearly ten exhilarating minutes.