Pantha du Prince is the master of rich, organic techno full of complex composition and beautiful melodies. This Winter Hymn 12” on Rough Trade is his first real release in six years and one in which he has welcomed a handful of collaborators to help out with his pristine minimal techno. It’s nice to have him back.
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The prince of panthers returns with promise of a new record out later this year, so why not tease the fandom with a wee 12”? A 3-track 12” at that, the contents of which may or may not be on the album proper. The risks we take for music.
Unfortunately I have only the first track at my disposal, which you do also. Organic techno is indeed the name of the game, but with a more synthpop feel with strong emphasis on melody and a lead vocal spot from someone called Queens. Whoever tried to bill this as minimal techno should be clonked on the snout. It’s lathered with vocal layers, glassy twinkles and an ocean of reverb alongside the usual beats and bass, and is generally quite overwhelming in its emotional intensity. If you played this one on the ol’ dance floor, you can guarantee that at least four people will cry. It’s slightly too East India Youth for my tastes, but that’s the beauty of taste, right?
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