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Acollective (Alcopop! Recs) debut animated video for new single ‘Happiest Of All Memorial Days’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on June 12, 2014 by E.N.

Acollective (Alcopop! Recs) pangeaAcollective grew up making music together. In their teenage years, the story started in the way that many others do – with kids making a racket in their parents’ basement. It was an open forum to vent frustration. With no real intention of ever being a full time band, in truth only ever really aspiring to exist as a community of musicians, Acollective’s formative years were spent playing not in gig venues (who books a band that doesn’t have any songs?) but springing up at their own guerilla shows on the streets on their hometown, Tel-Aviv. Crowds started forming, more and more gatherings took place and, with a hook-up in the UK, the band’s first ever real tour was put together. In the confines of a London flat, the songs that would later become their debut album (2011’s ‘Onwards’) were penned and fine-tuned. After an unfortunate deportation saga, the band returned to Israel renewed, and full of purpose, ready to commit all they had learned to tape.

Onwards was released in 2011, produced by Chris Shaw, and cemented them as a band to believe in back in Israel – no small task, particularly for an indie band singing in English. Sold out tours around the country beckoned and it wasn’t long before they were playing international shows and festivals, at the likes of Glastonbury, YNOT, and SXSW.

Acollective will readily admit that the transition from basement dwelling art project to international performers, was a little chaotic. They were their own label, their own management, press and booking agency, and it took time for the dust to settle, and for them to find their feet in making Onwards’ follow-up. Their experiences across the world had exposed them to plethora of differing cultures that they felt all needed documenting in some form.

It’s a statement like that, that sets the tone of the album. Pangaea is worldly and wonky, caustic and cohesive, mellow and marauding in equal measure. Acollective could be one of 2014’s most interesting propositions.

Confirmed London shows:

14th July – Birthdays, London
20th July – Brixton Windmill, London

Pangaea presents FABRICLIVE 73

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on November 15, 2013 by E.N.

fabriclive-73-pangaeaWith the last few years having inarguably paid witness to the most transitional, and potentially divisive period in the history of the UK’s much fawned­over hardcore continuum, Kevin McAuley has become a voice synonymous with a singular brand of off­-kilter, sub-­heavy dance music. Under the name Pangaea, he has released on some of the most reputable labels to emerge in recent times, as well as the Hessle Audio imprint that he helms alongside long-­time friends, and fellow FABRICLIVE contributors, Pearson Sound and Ben UFO. As a trio they’ve been at the forefront of a scene that’s accelerated at an unprecedented rate as of late, making their enviable ability to stay ahead of the curve all the more impressive with a roster that boasts the indisputable talents of James Blake, Peverelist, Blawan and more.

Artist Pangaea
Title FABRICLIVE 73: Pangaea
Label fabric Records
Release Date UK/Row 20-Jan-2014
Release Date US 21-Jan-2014
Format Digital / CD
Cat: fabric146
Preorder: http://bit.ly/FABRICLIVE73

01. Pangaea – Recreational Slumming [unreleased]
02. Lee Gamble – Plos 97s [PAN]
03. Reeko – Momentum [Pole]
04. Hodge – Resolve [Punch Drunk]
05. Shifted – Untitled B2 [Avian]
06. Mystica Tribe – His Temple [Syncom Data]
07. Manni Dee – Romantic Self [Black Sun]
08. Tripeo – Untitled #5 [Tripeo]
09. MGUN – Blunt Run [Berceuse Heroique]
10. The Sun God – Maum [Bio Rhythm]
11. Stenny & Andrea – SEA (The Time Gate) [Ilian Tape]
12. Psyk – Arcade [Mote-Evolver]
13. Mumdance & MAO – Truth [Keysound]
14. Adam Jay – Refraction [Starkstrom Schallplatten]
15. Pearson Sound – Starburst [Hessle Audio]
16. Kobosil – Osmium [Underton]
17. Pev & Kowton – End Point [Livity Sound]
18. Forward Strategy Group – Clean Neckline [Perc Trax]
19. Speedy J – Something For Your Mind (Exposure Remix) [Plus 8]
20. Bleaching Agent – 37ml [Mira]
21. Truncate – Bodega V2 [Truncate]
22. Marco Shuttle – I Wanna Dance… In Outer Space [Eerie]
23. Drumcell – Disturbance (Pfirter Remix II) [CLR]
24. Imaginary Softwoods – Crystal Pond [Amethyst Sunset]
25. Alex Falk – PTR [Proper Trax]
26. Oscar Mulero – 46 (Antaganists Mix) [Warm Up]
27. Astronomical Telegram – Near-Heart Object (Stanislav Tolkachev Heavy and Unusual Remix) [Reaktivate]

Event info: Pangaea plays at Hessle Audio’s FABRICLIVE residency on Friday 6th December, along with Pearson Sound, Ben UFO, Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir, Fiedel, BAKE, Blawan, Frak (Live), Objekt, DJ TLR, Joe, Dr Maz, and Mr Wood. The FABRICLIVE 73 launch party will take place on Friday 21st February.

Download:ENA – Mule Mouth (Extended Version) 7even Recordings

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2013 by E.N.

ENA - Mule MouthFREE DOWNLOAD: For standard 320mp3 download via the player // For the WAV version head here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/f5nvew
ENA – Bilateral LP is released on @7evenrecordings on Ltd Digipack CD on 17th April 2013.
Tokyo, Japan: 2013. In a city where time and space can easily become uncontrollable factors, the underground electronic music scene has built its own culture and society for more than 30 years. Taking and incorporating influences from all over the world, the creations born from Japan’s underground continue to stay highly unique and maintain a clear sense of being deeply Japanese. ENA has been a multi-instrumentalist artist, studio engineer, DJ and producer for more than a decade now. The author of three acclaimed 12” releases over the past three years on the 7even Recordings imprint, his rare output has always impressed by the uniqueness of his sound and the high level of studio technique in his production. ENA has been tying the old to the new by blending diverse influences such as Dub music, early Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Techno and Abstract Hip Hop. He’s gained support from major players such as Surgeon, Laurent Garnier, A Made Up Sound, Pangaea, Goth-Trad and Peverelist to name but a few.

This first full-length album, “Bilateral”, is a visionary piece of music emerging from the studio of a very unique creator. Uncompromising, the 12 original tracks which compose “Bilateral” are the soundtrack of today’s Tokyo underground, the sound of a city of light and obscurity, stability and disequilibrium, stagnancy and full speed, the past, the present and the future. Press play and enter the world of one of the most creative composers of this generation.

Download:ENA – Mule Mouth (Extended Version) 

Pangaea to release ‘Release’ a double EP on vinyl and CD in October

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by E.N.

“Do your thing, just make sure you’re ahead of the game”, warns ‘Game’, the opening salvo of Release, Pangaea’s new double EP for Hessle Audio. It’s a statement of intent for the entire record, reflecting the increasingly idiosyncratic nature of his music. Release’s eight tracks are entities unto themselves, each a natural evolutionary continuation of the rough and rolling pirate radio techno he began to culture on last year’s Hex and Inna Daze 12″s.

Since his early releases, Pangaea’s music has expanded to reflect the growing diversity of dancefloors, reaching outward to integrate jungle, hardcore, techno and house into its rhythmic axis. The result is an incendiary hybrid form rooted in UK hardcore traditions, where ruffneck MC chatter, static-addled voices and sinewy melodies slip in and out of earshot like ghosts channelled from raves past.

These base materials are put to a variety of different uses across Release’s length. Foremost among them is a swung and sub-heavy vision of UK techno, informed by a love of pirate radio and sound-system music. So instead of remaining locked to a four-to-the-floor pulse, rhythms are splayed outwards into vortices – swirling assemblages of kicks, woodblocks and shrapnel that weave in and around one another. ‘Majestic 12′ explodes from the blocks at blistering speed, repeatedly switching in intensity across its length. Hi-hats keep time above roiling kick-drums on ‘Trouble’ and the aptly titled ‘Time Bomb’, which detonates with a billowing thud at the start of each bar.

Other tracks touch on ideas familiar from Pangaea’s earlier music, but twist them almost beyond recognition. Both ‘Game’ and the ‘Release’ are raw steppers’ tracks, but ruder and more abrasive than anything he’s released to date, while ‘Middleman’ offsets a halfstep shuffle with warm brassy melodies. Release saves its largest curveball for last, though, with the seething ambient of ‘High’, whose murky surfaces are pockmarked by bit-crushed screams.
artist Pangaea
title Release
label Hessle Audio
date 29 October 2012
format double EP = 2 x 12″ | CD | digital

Tracklist
1. Game

2. Release
3. Trouble
4. Majestic 12
5. Time Bomb
6. Middleman
7. Aware
8. High
As co-head of Hessle Audio alongside Pearson Sound and Ben UFO, Pangaea’s exploratory approach on Release also reflects the attitude that’s characterised both his and his label’s approach so far. As dubstep has fallen away, they have refused to simply follow many contemporaries into straightforward house and techno territory. Instead they take their influences as jumping-off points from which to explore, a method that’s led them along new and distinctive pathways in ever-noisier surroundings. Release is no exception – the building blocks used in its construction may be recognisable, but they work in a way you might not have heard before.

Pangaea -Hex / Fatalist (stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2011 by E.N.

Pangaea turns out the lights and blesses Hemlock with two of his toughest productions yet.

‘Hex’ channels the spirit of ’92 via Plastic People, picking up the most eccentric, deranged vocal along the way. ‘Eeeeeechiiiieeee’.

On the flip ‘Fatalist’ is a dark-side joint of the highest order…
Artist: Pangaea
Title: Hex / Fatalist
Format: 12” & Digital
Label: Hemlock Recordings
Release: 12 September 2011

Tracklist
A. Hex
AA. Fatalist

Various Artists: 116 & Rising (Hessle Audio)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by E.N.

One of the reasons ascribed to dubstep’s continuing success has been its ability to absorb influences from across the entire electronic spectrum, and no label has been more key to its continuing evolution than Hessle Audio. Started in 2007 by David Kennedy, Ben Thomson and Kevin McAuley, the label quickly became a benchmark for quality, through releases from (the then) new artists like TRG, Untold and James Blake, as well as a vehicle for their own productions.With 18 releases over the past three years, the imprint is renowned for its impeccable quality control. Kennedy is their most prolific producer, under his Ramadanman and Pearson Sound monikers, now amalgamated into his own name. Ben UFO has always stayed true to his initial love, that of DJing almost as curation: he demonstrates this biweekly on his Rinse FM radio show and at Hessle’s Fabric residency, having been one of the first to start playing with the tempo to allow for older house and garage influences in his sets. Pangaea defined his sonic palette on a self-titled EP, a landmark of 2010, with minimal rolling basslines, vocal-driven melodies and more than a nod to the music’s old school roots.

The compilation exists as a way to unite the entire Hessle roster, as well as allowing them an avenue to put out work by friends and producers they have been unable to work with so far.The first disc is all new work plus a second has a selection of choice cuts from the back catalogue.There’s also work from producers who they feel have shaped the label’s aesthetic, like D1’s ‘Sub Zero’, whose sub bass stabs were a staple of the early DMZ sets that they initially united over back in 2005. One of their close affiliates, Addison Groove is also featured, his anthem ‘Footcrab’ having done so much to bring the tough tempo of juke to the world’s dancefloors.The subtle pitch-shifting of a looping hip hop vocal and the polyrhythmic patter of rim shots and cymbals on ‘Fuk Tha 101’ are unmistakably his. Another producer previously unreleased on Hessle is synth-mad Randomer whose ‘Brunk’ features an industrial strength kick and finishes up with ghostly pads invoking musique concrete.The disc is rounded off by Bristol’s Peverelist, whose own dub-soaked productions, as well as those released on his label Punch Drunk, owe so much to that city’s rich musical traditions. On ‘Sun Dance’ synth chords bring to mind the dystopian drum n bass of DJ Krust, the track driven forwarded by paper-like hi-hats and cymbals.There’s a single claustrophobic Hammond note held through to the close alongside the echoing sounds of water dripping in a cave.

Disc one kicks off with the spritely chimes and shuffling beat of Elgato’s ‘Music’, whose muted vocal chant was used to such beautiful effect in Kennedy’s recent FABRICLIVE mix. Untold bring’s detuned chords, jangling glass and a cheeky synth line, breaking down into mutant funky house. Blawan’s ‘Potchla Vee’ reveals some unexpected instrumentation: the skittering of what sounds like the cogs of a clock gives little breathing room to the assault of tribal drums and processed grunts.The Pearson Sound track ‘Stifle’ seems to slow things down, with an adenoidal vocal snippet acting as counterfoil to the percussive snap of the drums, delicate EQing and synth washes providing characteristic texture. Once again on ‘Twice’, Joe demonstrates the effectiveness of unexpected drum sampling, with a disconnected beat cooked up out of error bleeps and the tap of a typewriter. Pangaea’s own contribution is a rave homage; oscillating between synth stabs and a filtered ragga MC sample, the track is layered with a bouncy acid bassline, creating a phantom jump up effect. Romania’s TRG was Hessle’s first release and here builds on his mutant garage template, with a reverb-soaked drum kit jostling against some analogue pads and a seagull-sounding distorted warble. James Blake, re-edits an earlier Hessle release, bringing the processed vocals to the fore much in the style of his recent album. It’s soul music that’s undecidedly electronic, the vocals screwed and chopped into the background, a virtuoso display of arrangement ordering a lacklustre pair of cowbells, a chorus of shuffles, croaks and pads into an infectious slow burner.

artist:Various
title:116 & Rising
label:Hessle Audio, UK. (Distributed by S. T. Holdings, UK.)
formats:3×12”, double CD & digital
release:16.05.11

CD 1
01. Elgato – Music (Bodymix)
02. Untold – Cool Story Bro
03. Blawan – Potchla Vee
04. Pearson Sound – Stifle
05. Joe – Twice
06. Randomer – Brunk
07. Pangaea – Runout
08. Cosmin TRG – Bijoux
09. D1 – Sub Zero
10. Addison Groove – Fuk Tha 101
11. James Blake – Give A Man A Rod (Second Version)
12. Peverelist – Sun Dance
CD 2
01. Pangaea – You & I
02. Untold – Test Signal
03. Blawan – Fram
04. James Blake – Buzzard & Kestrel
05. Untold – I Can’t Stop This Feeling
06. Joe – Rut
07. Ramadanman – Blimey
08. TRG – Put You Down
09. Joe – Level Crossing
10. Pangaea – Why
11. TRG – Broken Heart (Martyn’s DCM Remix)
12. Ramadanman – Don’t Change For Me

Download:Boddika-Warehouse from the upcoming Hotflush compilation’Back and 4th’!

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2011 by E.N.


Download:Boddika-Warehouse from the upcoming Hotflush compilation ‘Back and 4th’! HERE

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