Techstepping horror outfit oft seen with Robyn Chaos and crew, The Panacea team up with Ruin and Gancher for this ball-busting, screw-facing release on Prospect. "We Will Burn" builds from a tense intro into a cacophony of synth squeals, pummelling drums, ominous vocals and pounding bass. Expect nothing less than dancefloor destruction. Then it's time for a Panacea VIP of Dub Elements & eRRe - "Pop Im", which chops up a vocal to distorted noise, adds in drums at a deafening tempo and adds in a good dose of pedal-to-the metal skullstep for good measure. Approach with caution!
With a background in hip-hop and drum'n'bass, The Panacea, aka Mathis Mootz has been challenging audiences since the mid-90s. Now focusing on 4/4 based tracks, the German producer has made a slight name change (it was previously just 'Panacea') to reflect his latest artistic shift. This four-tracker on Adam X's label pushes the conventional notion of techno to its very limits. "Above the Absolute 96" combines pounding kicks and PCP Trax-like hardcore riffs. It sets the scene for "Most Basic Resolution", which sees Mootz up the tempo and drive a muddy bass through a sea of distorted noise. "Overdrive EE" is, despite its name, somewhat more restrained, before Mootz goes in for the kill with the hammering, ebm-on-steroids of "Walter".
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