Review: As one of the most anticipated reunions in dance music, underground legend Pangaea makes a long awaited return to the goliath Hessle Audio imprint for a top draw come back two tracker. On the A-side we hear the nostalgic throws of 'Bone Sucka' which is a homage to early breakbeat creation. Through a combination of mysterious atmospheric drones and smoothly sliced break patterns we are treated to something truly special. On the flip we are back in classic Pangaea territory, as beautifully crafted techy vibes return on 'Proxy'. This one is a rise and fall journey from start to finish, bringing together off the cuff piano riffs, pounding drum arrangements and subtle subs perfectly.
Review: Kevin McAuley is certainly affiliated with a generation of pioneering UK Bass producers who have since moved into the techno realm. With previous releases on Hemlock, Hessle Audio and Hotflush, his origins have definitely remained a strong aspect of his style ever since. On the In Drum Play LP, he can be heard dabbling in obtuse and disjointed low end theories such as on "Bulb In Zinc" or "Let It In" while there are some inventive takes on techno; such as on the dynamic opener "Rotor Soap" or the adrenalised stomper "More Is More To Burn". For us, the highlights were "One By One" (where his take on breakbeat techno would make the likes Shed or Stenny stand up and notice) and the oddball body basher "Skips Desk".
Review: Upon launching the Hadal label back in 2013, Pangaea described it as "a series of self-released records", rather than an imprint separate to the Hessle Audio operation founded with Ben UFO and Pearson Sound. Since, he's been as good as his word, using it to put out occasional 12" singles of his own. This third release in the series contains plenty of floor-friendly fare, beginning with the distorted, broken techno rhythms, druggy textures and intricate, chiming melodies of "Something In Your Eye". There's a more classic bruk feel to the heavy, dubwise swagger of "Stimulant Dub", while "New Shapes In The Air" skillfully combines a ludicrously weighty sub bassline with wonky electronics and metronomic techno rhythms. Finally, he closes proceedings with "They Buy Gold", a fittingly intense, acid-flecked techno stomper.
Review: To celebrate four years of releases, Hemlock, the label run by Untold and Jack Dunning presents Chapter One, a collection of label highlights and unreleased exclusives. Moving through the glittery funk-leaning post-dubstep of Fantastic Mr Fox, Mount Kimbie and James Blake, through techno contributions from Sei A, Randomer and Guy Andrews, and bass hybrids from Pangaea and Joe, the selections on offer demonstrate why Hemlock has been ahead of the game since its inception. As well as the individual tracks, a continuous mix is also on offer, joining the dots between their diverse releases with style.