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Panacea

Twisted Designz

(Industrial Strength)

Twisted is right—not that there’s anything wrong with it. German DJ extraordinaire Panacea has been performing his blend of teutonic hardcore and UK happy dance music since 1992 and has since moved into the drum n’ bass arena as well. Twisted Designz is Panacea’s first U.S. release and is best described as hardcore drum n’ bass, with a strong breakbeat undercurrent and just a bit of trance for good measure.


Tracks like “Airborne” and “Menhater” verge on big beat, then “Death Is Near” provide chill-out ambient moments. The title track is a wild rhythmic ride, with stop and start loops, hyper beats, and a spooky voice track. With all the divisions forming in electronic music, it’s refreshing too hear an artist who couldn’t care less about genres and seemingly takes joy in blasting through them.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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