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Pob by Pangaea
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7/10 Brian 12 June 2014

Freaky-looking ugly bugger was Pob. Dunno how Hessle Audio co-founder (and Hadal boss) Kevin McAuley finds him but perhaps this EP is not themed around the weirdy 80’s kid’s TV puppet.

I didn't get on with this guy’s last album. As with many artists, his fierce strength seems to have lain in the realm of the hallowed 12”. Peverelist’s big-ass debut a few years back sucked equally too IMHO.

This 4-tracker is more like it although I’m finding it all a little “sparse warehouse techno” for my old ears over on the ‘A’. I like it gentler these days, see - my head’s a shed man. ’Mackerel’ is well worth a mention if only for the slight whiff of woozy panning shimmer around the edges of the frantic 4/4 jack that thrusts the whole thing down your disco pants.

Dunno how to describe the ‘Ivy’ tune over yonder. It features a looped, increasingly mangled toast ripped from what appears to be a Jamaican dancehall or reggae tune over a strangely muted and abstractedly horizontal affair. It could be the first ambient Yardie mash-up I’ve ever heard. Based around a slow wall-punishing drop-beat with some backwards-masked electronic glimmering, it’s a startling listen in some respects as it just doesn't do what you expect it to do. Which was always Pangaea’s hallmark for me.

‘Solvent’ is about as likely to be a tribute to the Canadian electro/IDM prodigy as the whole EP being named after that bloody awful….thing. It’s another example of bass music’s pant elastic being snapped and having to improvise with grubby string, old phono-leads or several rubber bands to keep it up, much to everyone’s amusement. Interesting melding of a skippy off-set rhythm set to a gormless but restrained mid-range wobble with some delirious digital chattering and then a distant, frozen finger-waltz around the high keys preventing the track drifting off into an empty thudding techno vacuum.

Good to see he’s still throwing around some fresh hybridized ideas. He’ll never beat that choon with the Dionne Warwick sample in though eh?


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