Pan­gaea In Drum Play

Hessle Au­dio

Future Music - - ALBUMS | REVIEWS - Tom Jones

Hav­ing first ap­peared with un­com­pro­mis­ing, ex­per­i­men­tal Techno back in 2007, Hessle Au­dio co-founder Kevin McAu­ley aka Pan­gaea now fi­nally un­veils his de­but full-length al­bum. In Drum Play finds Pan­gaea con­tin­u­ing to de­velop his dis­tinc­tive, un­der­ground sound.

Stripped-back Techno struc­tures pro­vide the back­bone to the al­bum, but it is Pan­gaea’s off­beat ex­per­i­men­ta­tion that pro­vides the colour and at­mos­phere. Mov­ing ef­fort­lessly be­tween in­tense chunky Techno, melodic beats, sim­mer­ing grooves, at­mo­spheric pulses and up­front drive, Pan­gaea ex­pertly weaves a myr­iad of moods, tones and tex­tures with aplomb. The whole record re­tains a Ravey in­ten­sity with­out hav­ing to pum­mel into sub­mis­sion. In­stead, the rhythms are con­sid­ered and gather po­tency from Pan­gaea’s deft ar­range­ments. The record’s power bub­bles away be­neath through­out, with the UK pro­ducer’s loopy ex­per­i­men­ta­tions skit­ter­ing across the top.

This is the most cre­ative and dis­tinc­tive work yet from one of the UK’s most in­di­vid­ual pro­duc­ers.

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