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. Co-produced by John Beck (Izzy Bizu, Delilah, Corinne Bailey Rae), ‘First Time’ is three minutes of scintillating 80’s nostalgia over fresh electronic beats, boasting 80’s synths eloquently blended with sun-splashed soulful vocals.
Tell us about your obsession with the 80s:
It started with my love for Michael Jackson, a lot of the music that came out of that decade felt like my definition of ‘perfect pop’. So I try and interpret some of that nostalgia recreate something into a new genre I call ‘future pop’.
Tell us about the new song ‘First Time’.
This song started 5 years ago, whilst i was in the middle of nowhere in the Welsh countryside. That’s where the very bare bones of it began. Then last year whilst going through some old notes and files I unearthed it, chucked an 808 behind it.. and the rest is history.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Everything from grime to Shy Girls, to Blood Orange to Michael Jackson. My music taste is nice and diverse.
What does pop music mean to you?
It’s a piece of art that is genre’less.. something I find really fascinating. It’s a simple concept that resonates with everyone.. feel good!
What are you up to for the rest of summer?
I’m writing one of the greatest pop albums, since Thriller. Lots of collabs in the pipeline for each track on the record. Moving to Berlin briefly.. and enjoying life.