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Always off-kilter: Exploring Pangaea's mind-melting techno

The Hessle Audio producer's new album has a visceral energy coursing through it

  • Words: Patrick Hinton | Images: Brian Whar & James Clothier
  • 6 October 2016

Hessle Audio is arguably the definitive UK club music label of the past decade. Arriving as the dominance of dubstep entered decline, Hessle took the disorderly scene by the scruff of its neck and reshaped it in its own cutting-edge image. Co-founder Pangaea mirrors this in his own mindset. The club is placed squarely at the forefront of his output, and he consistently finds innovative ways to melt minds on the dancefloor.

He’s been the most reserved figure publicly of the Hessle three over the years, but his mark has been made loud and unclear, with the strength of his murky, bass-fuelled music speaking for itself. Back catalogue cuts such as ‘Hex’ and ‘Inna Daze’ are ferociously impactful soundsystem bangers that to this day kick off raves like little else.

Since Pangaea’s last release on Hessle Audio a full four years ago he’s founded a personal label named Hadal, which has provided a platform for experimentation and a place to hone his sound as a producer. Now he returns to the imprint he co-runs alongside Ben UFO and Pearson Sound with a debut album titled ‘In Drum Play’ that represents his most confident and cohesive effort yet.

The LP is described as a “feedback loop between the studio and the club” and a visceral energy courses through it. The opportunity to explore new methods and ideas that a full-length allows has also been taken, touching on previously uncharted tempos and genres.

Check the exclusive first play of album cut 'One By One' and a Q+A with Pangaea below.

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