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Panorama Bar 01

(Ostgut; US: 12 Sep 2006; UK: 2 Oct 2006)

For their first mix CD celebrating renowned German techno venue Panorama Bar, the Kompakt folks pulled in Cassy, a DJ whose masses of curly hair are in definite apposition to her proclivity for minimal house. Berlin and minimalism is almost a cliché at this point but the truth is, Cassy pulls it off with flair on this satisfying mix. Many of the tracks share a similar aesthetic—an echoing sense of beats engulfed in an insurmountable space, though this doesn’t necessarily mean the sounds themselves are bare-bones. D5’s “Sides of Space” is incredibly full of stuff, a stuttering percussive sound near to the edge of the speakers, and all this outer space synth interplay much further back. NSI’s “Clara Ghavami Extended” goes incredible—a twittering synth sound and bass that’s almost a heartbeat. Throughout, Cassy’s professionalism is on full show: her own contribution echoes with a crunchy, growing only-to-midlevel beat, and her remix of “Bleepy Creep” by Yassin & Arne adds the disaffected female vocal thing that’s swept commercial dance and electro (everyone from CSS to Tigarah to new MIA). The tenor of this music carries a strong cerebral element; but you’ll find yourself nodding along appreciatively nonetheless.

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Dan Raper has been writing about music for PopMatters since 2005. Prior to that he did the same thing for his college newspaper and for his school newspaper before that. Of course he also writes fiction, though his only published work is entitled "Gamma-secretase exists on the plasma membrane as an intact complex that accepts substrates and effects intramembrane cleavage". He is currently studying medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia.


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