Phantom Runners is the guise of future-pop producer Adam Al-Hilali, better known as ADAL, and has a track out called “First Time”. It also features the talents of Brooke Bailey, to boot. The track is coproduced by John Beck, known for work with people the likes of Izzy Bizu, Delilah and Corinne Bailey Rae. It is about forever chasing that first feeling with someone.
“First Time” opens with cut up vocal sample, before earnest keyboard and deep, clapping drum. There are some excellent dynamics, as the backdrop pulls back a bit, and the vocals breathe. The impassioned vocals are definitely moody, melodramatic and very, as is the intention, Eighties.