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Pangaea, Romare, Mandar and more

  • Mixmag Staff
  • 4 November 2016
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Pangaea 'In Drum Play' (Hessle Audio)

Since its inception, Hessle Audio has been at the forefront of UK club music, leading by example with innovative releases. Label co-founder Pangaea keeps this fine form going with a masterful debut album packed with fizzing, floor-primed constructions. Throughout, ‘In Drum Play’ combines rave euphoria with intricately formed foundations: ‘Rotor Soap’ is a come-up distilled into musical form and ‘Bulb In Zinc’ packs serious bassweight. But while it’s markedly club-driven, the production also rewards headphone listening, with twisted vocal samples, evolving percussive lines and the gentle ambience of ‘Scaled Wing’. The result is a record that’s bursting at the seams with raw energy but also provides arresting subtlety.

9/10

 
 
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