Phantom Runners return with new single First Time, a track that harbours a rich pop sensibility.
Phantom Runners is the moniker of future-pop producer ADAL. Forged through a love of R&B, pop and ’80s music, Phantom Runners are embarking on a journey of collaboration. Working on an album featuring several vocalists, the initial track is the aptly named ‘First Time’, featuring Brooke Bailey.
“First Time” is a track about chasing that first feeling you get with someone, that initial rush,” explains Adam Al-Hilali (ADAL).
Having picked up previous support from key tastemakers such as The Line of Best Fit, Nylon, Wonderland and Q Magazine, Phantom Runners’ latest offering reveals a more refreshing alternative-pop direction. First Time is three minutes of scintillating ’80s nostalgia over fresh electronic beats, boasting synths eloquently blended with sun-splashed soulful vocals.
Phantom Runners first came onto the scene in the form of an art rock band but is now exploring a new sound, taking notable influence from the likes of Years & Years, Caribou and Michael Jackson.
It’s fragments of early Janet Jackson meets Blood Orange & Sky Ferreira. It’s music to drive to at night. It’s Phantom Runners. You can stream First Time in full below: