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Phil Kieran In A Cocoon

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Paul Hamill | 16:27 UK time, Tuesday, 19 May 2009

So Phil Kieran is about to release his long-awaited debut solo album on one of the world's biggest techno labels Cocoon Records this summer. Arguably one of the most important releases from an Irish electronic artist over the past few years, the album itself is set to feature notable contributions from Ros Moon Unit and Jack Hamill aka RL/VL among others.

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Having only delivered the album to the label less than a fortnight ago, Phil was tasked with the assignment of performing it for the very first time, live at the legendary Cocoon club in Frankfurt on Friday night past. The usual route for this kind of album preview is to play it before a select handful of people in a tiny little club to give yourself the opportunity of making some final tweaks, just in case it doesn't pan out as expected, but Phil decided otherwise and had the added pressure of sharing the stage with Cocoon label boss and club owner Sven Vath, who thankfully appeared to be lapping it up.

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Pulling together a set made up of entirely new material alongside a selection of his biggest tracks I Am A Monster, Skyhook and that Dancing Bears remix, it had all the trademarks of a classic Phil Kieran live set -  it was a little bit weird, a little bit twisted but ultimately tore the roof off.

I joined Phil in Frankfurt on Friday night armed only with a tiny little webcam, with the intention of capturing some of the reaction to his first live set in almost 10 years...






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