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- Panic w/ Mike Parker Remix by Jeff Derringer
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The latest drop from Glasgee’s Soma is an urgent, upfront set of Chi-Town techno, studiously produced to grand proportions and evidently designed to increase the heart rates of individuals ascending that golden path to cerebral euphoria. Like the more outgoing counterpart to Rod Modell’s coveted Deepchord project, ‘Panic’ deals in the same deep atmospherics and cavernous phonic architecture, but whereas the former lends itself to solitary, headphones-in-the-dark listening, Derringer here takes the driving bass, peripheral bleeps and insistent percussive elements of that soporific dream techno and makes it bump a whole lot harder, grabbing it by both shoulders, staring it in the eye and telling it that it will never meet new people if it stays indoors all the time lying on the sofa like that.
‘Panic’ begins with the kind of pounding melody I imagine you’d get from whacking a flip-flop over the end of a generous length of pipe, before becoming clustered and encrusted with nautical radar bleeps, rocket-pack rushes and bone clunks on the bannister as it races along, gathering momentum. ‘Panic Attack’ keeps the pace up, padding out the beat and bringing the unwavering, motorik bassline to the fore as you are cruised effortlessly down the zero-gravity highway to delicious mouth-foaming ecstasy.
Mike Parker disrupts things on the flip with his fantastically literal take on ‘Panic’, the track sounding like a squelching fire alarm oscillating grouchily over a 4/4 kick, creating a neverending double helix effect; the only trace of the original being the sparse echoing woodblock hit reverberating at its perceivable core that begins to sound more like the pulse of a life-support machine registering your heartbeat slowed all the way down to 15 bpm.
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