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Steven Warwick
Moi

Formerly known as Heatsick, Steven Warwick has decided to go his given name on ‘MOI’, his first LP for PAN in six years. This is one of those sort-of-dancey electronic records that oscillates between silly and serious. Lolina, Planningtorock, A. G. Cook and Holly Herndon can all be heard in the DNA of the quirky, offbeat and engaging ‘MOI’.
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Beatrice Dillon
Workaround

Workaround is the debut album by Beatrice Dillon. She has taken her love of the UK club scene, mixed it with afro-carriebean influences and samples from guest musicians such as Kuljit Bhamra on tabla, Jonny Lam from Pharoah Sanders Band playing pedal steel guitar, Laurel Halo and Batu at synth & vocals and samples respectively along with Kadialy Kouyaté playing kora and Lucy Railton on cello. It makes for a refreshingly innovative blend of rhythm and sound.

Puce Mary
The Drought

Frederikke Hoffmeier aka Copenhagener Puce Mary joins PAN for her new album The Drought, where she is found tucking in to the world’s most suspicious-looking apple. The image suggests themes of temptation, self-destruction and self-preservation are encountered in these new tracks, while compositionally Hoffmeier seems to be using decidedly less aggression and more vulnerability and melody than we’ve heard from her before.

Pelada
Movimiento Para Cambio

Exploring topics such as environmental justice, surveillance, power and identity, Pelada's 'Movimiento Para Cambio' is by no means your average light and easy background sounds. The fiery, squelchy and raw production only compliments the themes at hand too well. Intense stuff from the Montreal-based duo.
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Anne Imhof
Faust

Back in 2017 performance artist Anne Imhof wowed crowds at the Venice Biennale - imagine the NME Awards but, like, for art - with her performance Faust. Now a sonic re-rub of Faust gets a release on Pan as part of the label’s Entopia series (we highly recommend checking out the first Entopia release, Tujiko Noriko’s Kuro). This is an intense listen - along with collaborators Billy Bultheel, Eliza Douglas and Franziska Aigner, Imhof creates a record which nods to Johnny Jewel, Pan Daijing, Perfume Genius and Einstürzende Neubauten to name but four. A heady brew indeed.

Helm
Chemical Flowers

Another chapter of frowning, flexing, collaged gritscapes from London’s Helm - ol’ Luke Younger to his chums. Once again on PAN, with the usual excellent Becker treatment and all that, the album was recorded out in the sticks somewhere, allowing for a bit more ruminatory distance from the subject matter of exhausting urban motion.

Tujiko Noriko
Kuro (OST)

Ooh, nice. the PAN people have a new offshoot which they're calling Entopia, specially for soundtracky things and this dreamy little belter of a long-player from Tujiko Noriko is their first release. The composer-film director-actor made this dreamy detachment to complement her film 'Kuro' (2017). Yet another Japanese gem to file alongside the likes of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Midori Takada.

Lifted
2

More studio mangl’d jazz, improv and ambient moods from Lifted, the supergroup of Max D, Matt Papich, Jeremy Hyman and Motion Graphics. They’re joined by Jordan GCZ, Dawit Eklund, Sami Yenigun, Will DiMaggio, Repetentes 2008, Beatrice Dillon, Bass Clef, Aya (OOIOO) and Martin Casey. Cripes.

Amnesia Scanner & Bill Kouligas
Lexachast

The first physical manifestation of an ever-evolving experimental collaboration between Amnesia Scanner, Bill Kouligas and Harm van den Dorpel, a project known as Lexachast. Originating in 2015 as a one-off improvised live performance, it later morphed into a 15-minute audio-visual project and running live show. Now, in 2019, it exists as a proper studio album.

Objekt
Cocoon Crush

To the great concern of caterpillars everywhere, brainy Berlin DJ and producer Objekt is back at the Deconstruct-A-Club Workshop with another LP for brainy Berlin label PAN. Cocoon Crush is as immaculate as its predecessor Flatland, but contrasts in being much more focused on manipulating recordings (of all sorts of stuff) into organic textures, rather than synthesising material from scratch.

Eartheater
IRISIRI

The latest envelope-pushing visionary to join the Pan roster is Queens-based artist Eartheater. With a name like that one comes to IRISIRI expecting a metal band, and though Eartheater’s music tends more towards the turbulent electronics of Aisha Devi and Alice Glass this LP also has a whiff of the electro-industrialism of, say, Nine Inch Nails. The rock influence brings IRISIRI into the orbit of recent drops by Hirakish, Zola Jesus and IVVVO.

Stine Janvin
Fake Synthetic Music

Norwegian composer and performer Stine Janvin enters PAN’s labyrinth with new album Fake Synthetic Music. Mainly for voice and delay, the album tests what can be done with such a limited (conceptually, at least) source of sound. Very exciting, and not to be brushed off as similar to Norwegian voice performer Maja Ratkje; the two get distinct results from their processes.

M.E.S.H.
Piteous Gate

M.E.S.H. presents a curious release indeed, a record that dips in and out of typical club forms, knocking dancers back with dramatically shifting rhythms and unexpected sonic elements metamorphosing in and out of existence. Great stuff for a debut. Piteous Gate is out on PAN, the obvious home for Berlin-based weird club electronics.

Oren Ambarchi
Live Knots

‘Knots’ was of course the half-hour centerpiece of Oren Ambarchi’s excellent Audience Of One album, a massive piece that spirals out from a guitar / drums core into a number of other instrumental areas. Now PAN are releasing two live versions, each with a different ensemble and focusing on different elements. Typically gorgeous PAN packaging too… Oooh, you’ll need this.

James Hoff
Blaster

Abstract idea artist James Hoff offers up this one for PAN, entitled 'Blaster', a word that has been run through a very bad anagram machine to produce seven tracks with the same letters (and one called, rather bluntly, "Scratch"). These compositions are experiments in the basest form of the word: they're focused around Hoff letting his beats contract computer viruses and seeing what the result was. Hoff's plan is to show the similarities between the music artists make and the viruses that ruin computers: in both cases, someone had to start the fire. True musique concrete if I ever heard it.