Review: Ten years ago, Pan-Pot's "Confronted" appeared on Anja Schneider's Mobilee label and in recognition of this milestone, they are issuing remixes on their own imprint. Pan-Pot's own interpretations are inspired; the 'Basement' remix is a superb peak-time affair with the spooky vocal narrative about the girl with red hair playing out over thumping kicks. By contrast, their 'Paradise' remix is far deeper and more atmospheric. Anfisa Letyagos' 'Stranger' version steers "Confronted" back towards the dance floor with a pulsating, electronic groove, while the Frazi.er Raw and Farrago interpretations revert to a peak-time approach, with the latter adding a snatch of tranced-out bliss.
Review: Label owners Pan-Pot are back behind the controls for the latest Sec-ond State release. The title track is a pounding slab of techno that re-sounds to a brutal bass, wild rave stabs and a relentless, pumping rhythm. On "Deutsche Welle", the pair continue their exploration of un-derground techno with a hammering groove that underpins tranced out melodies and a belching bass. Most impressive of all however is "Kanal 7"; with echoes of artists like Mike Parker or the Sandwell District collec-tive, its tunnelling, pulsating rhythm and eerie, sub-sonic tones, mark it out as the duo's best work to date.
Review: For their latest release, Pan-Pot have commissioned some of the biggest names in techno to rework their Weltlinie release from earlier this year. In its original format, the EP moved from the dreamy, driving title track and the menacing tribal techno of "Startphase" into the rattling rhythms of "Exzentrisch" and the rave-friendly builds of "Zeit". In Gregor Tresher's hands, the title track turns into a surprisingly understated house groove, while by contrast Gary Beck re-imagines "Startphase" as a pounding, peak time techno beast. Shlomi Aber's version of "Exzentrisch" is more nuanced than the original, thanks mainly to its skeletal groove, while Deas strips "Zeit" down and creates a pounding, loopy workout.
Review: Pan-Pot have been focused heavily on promoting other artists on their label, so Weltlinie is a welcome release from Second State's owners. The title track is a high-paced tribal affair, with a rolling rhythm underpinning shimmering synth lines and dank chords, while a similar approach is audible on the skipping percussion and shuffling drums of "Exzentrisch". Both tracks show that when it comes to funky techno, few artists do it better. By contrast, both "Zeit" and "Startphase" are heavier: the oppressive bass on the latter is so powerful that it will make the listener gasp for air, while its break down exudes pure menace. The former is a bleak, modern take on 90s trance - providing proof that Pan-Pot need to release music more frequently.
Review: The latest release from Pan-Pot is far removed from the pair's minimal house roots. "Spitzer" is a hypnotic, deep techno affair that revolves around pumping kicks and glorious electronic hooks. On the title track, Pan-Pot opt for an even more uncompromising approach; centred on a chilling, predatory bass and pounding drums, it sounds like a contemporary, peak time take on Detroit producer Suburban Knight's stealthy sub-bass sound. Petter B, best known for his work on Bond and Drumcode, supplies a remix of "Spitzer", and this version is markedly different, with a more direct rhythm supporting chilling strings.
Review: The latest release on Pan-Pot's own label sees the pair take a few steps forward without losing their own distinctive sound. The title track bleeds warm acid lines, while the German pair conjures up a minimal house backdrop. They hook up with Martin Eyerer for "Consequence", where they update the sound of classic Dan Bell, as pitch-bent vocals vie with a busy techno rhythm for the listener's attention. "Lose Yourself" marks another shift in style; this time dark, trancey synths and foreboding tones conjure up a more malign take on Pan-Pot's sound. Berghain resident Marcel Fengler rounds off the release, delivering a loopy, tracky take on "Lose Yourself".
Review: It's a match made in big room techno heaven as Second State owners Pan-Pot put out three remixes of Motion Unit's "My Mind" techno banger, which was originally released in the late 90s on Oliver Huntemann's Confused label. The 'Radar' version revolves around a high-paced rhythm and features rolling snares and warbling acid lines, while on the 'Future' interpretation, a menacing bass and funky break beats underpin those distinctive 303s. On the third, 'Galactica' remix, Pan-Pot combine breaks and an ominous low end with ponderous vocals, making for a moody but distinctive track that will cross over between techno and electro audiences.
Review: Berlin institution Watergate Records celebrates its 10 year birthday, with this special 50 track anthology of their favourite records. Over the last decade, the imprint has set a standard for captivating electronic music from across the house and techno spectrum, successfully mirroring the club's booking policy. Now up to over 60 releases including a remix of the Josh Wink classic "Higher State Of Consciousness" by residents Adana Twins, and the 26th installment in their acclaimed mix series by Danish legends Whomadewho - this compilation presents some of its most memorable cuts since its inception in 2008. Highlights come from: label staple Mathias Meyer - the Hanseatic hero presenting several tracks including "Love Letters From Sicily" with Ryan Davis, local legends Tiefschwarz on "Fire It Out" feat. Ruede Hagelstein, resident La Fleur getting remixed by Detroit legend Kenny Larkin on "Nightflow" and rising duo Adriatique's 7am remix of "The Spirit" by the ever impressive Butch (featuring Hohberg) amony many others.
Review: The boss is back! The legendary UK pioneer and Bedrock head honcho gives us a live set from Canada's second city, complete with crowd noise. Digweed's knack for sniffing out the most cutting edge progressive and tech house grooves is second to none and you can bet that this set is chock block full of narrative, innovative grooves: one journey you'll never forget! Featuring contributions from Germany's Recondite ("Tame"/"Baro"), Glasgow's Sei A ("You Can Bring"), Berlin's Smash TV ("Cascadia"/"God Key") and Los Angeles' Eagles & Butterflies amongst a host of other big names. Also comes as six continuous mixes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!