Out on Friday on Selador, 'Gone To Heaven' will raise money for two music charities
Following the untimely death of Australian prog-breaks legend Phil K in November, a charity single in his memory is being released on Dave Seaman's Selador Recordings label this coming Friday (6 May) – the day that would have been his 52nd birthday.
Born Phillip Krokididis in 1969, Phil K started out DJing school discos at the age of 16. He would go on to work in sound equipment hire and for DMC before releasing his first record in 1996 (Summer Breeze, as part of Free Radicals, alongside Andy Page and Ivan Gough). Recording under a variety of aliases and with various collaborators – he was a member, at different times, of Free Radicals, The Operators, Hi-Fi Bugs and Lostep – he set up and ran the Zero Tolerance Records label from 1998 onwards, but really rose to international fame in the early 00s thanks to critically acclaimed mix albums in the Balance, Distinct'ive Breaks and Y4K series. Sadly, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer in July 2018, and passed away on 1 November 2020.
Now, Dave Seaman – who'd first met Phil on his first Australian tour in the early 90s – has teamed up with another of Phil's long-term friends, Greek scene stalwart Stelios Vassiloudis, to produce Gone To Heaven, which is described on the hype sheet as “11 minutes plus of blissful electronic ambience," and which you can hear below. The full EP will pack remixes from Anthony Pappa & Jamie Stevens and John Dalagelis, and all proceeds from the single will go to two music charities, The Mess Foundation (Aus) and Tonic (UK).
Dave Seaman says of the project: “Phil was a shining light to us all… had time for everyone, generous to a fault and a jo7 to be around. There's no possible way a mere piece of music can do justice to his legacy, or even come close to expressing how his untimely passing has affected us all.”
Tags: Phil K, Dave Seaman, Stelios Vassiloudis, Free Radicals, Zero Tolerance Records, The Operators, Hi-Fi Bugs, Lostep, Y4K, Distinct'ive Breaks, Balance, Mess Foundation, Tonic, charity single, fundraiser, tribute