Germany - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 22 - 08/08/98
Position Chrome / Force Inc.
When I listened to the new Panacea album for the first time I didn't like
it very much. It seemed to me that the once innovative and powerful drum
& bass artist had turned into some generic happy techno act with fast
monotonic beats. However, after listening to the album several times I
noticed that the running times given on the cover did not fit the tracks I
was listening to. I changed the speed of my record player (yeah, I'm one
of these guys who still prefer those old black vinyl disks) and voila -
a totally different listening experience.
In my ignorance I had determined the correct speed only on the first side.
And that's not an easy task with such abstract and mostly instrumental
music when the correct speed is not given anywhere on the records.
Anyway, then I'd played all sides with the same setting. But the vocal
samples, which I thought to be pitched up a bit, were in fact pitched down.
And the fast happy techno speed isn't meant that way - the tracks rather should
bear down on you slowly but powerful like a tank or a steamroller.
Now this Panacea disc is still a bit monotonous, especially when I compare
it to his first album, but there lies a special kind of power and violence
in this monotony.
But don't get me wrong - when I say monotonous, it doesn't mean there is
no tricky drum & bass programming on the album, it's just that Panacea did
not try to top his efforts in this category, which is a good thing because
drum & bass has been taken to the extreme already and there is no point in
continuing in that direction.
Like the vinyl version of the first album, the double 12" for Twisted
Designz features only the main tracks and leaves off the intro, the "outro"
and several interludes that can be found on the CD. The vinyl is obviously
meant for DJs, not for home listening. By the way, the DJs don't care for
the correct speed of a record, they play it with the speed that fits the
flow of their mix anyway.
Copyright © 1998 Lonely Locke