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Nathan Fake, Dj Koze - Xmas Rush, Mi Cyaan Believe

Pampa

  • £8.50

Format: EXCL12"E
Catalogue No.: PAMPA005
Release Date: 9th July 2021 (back in)
Genre: Minimal/Tech House

“I keep asking myself where they take all that brilliant music from. It’s just as if somebody had poked a bees’ nest and then it all burst out. I feel deeply connected to the Pampa Style…” (Terry Hogann, The Musical Mistress, 10/2010). As was to be expected, Pampa is steadily developing into a platform for cross-border electronic dance music. Each Pampa release sounds different from the previous and still Pampa remains a conclusive musical planet. This is all the more surprising in the case of PAMPA005, which features two completely different artists: Side A: Nathan Fake - Xmas Rush Having reportedly recorded his track “Xmas Rush” in his London studio during a jam session, Nathan Fake (Border Community, Traum, SAW) has turned in a total brainfuck. It’s mercylessly exaggerated, psychedelic, inexorable, and at the same time sweet and heart-warming. A very rare mixture. Unique in its consistency, we haven’t heard anything like it since the 90s. It’s so nice and overwhelming to have your ears exercised the right way again. Evergreen… Side AA: DJ Koze pays tribute to Michael Smith - “Mi Cyaan believe it

PAMPA005 in the media
RA - Resident Advisor: “If every track from a label is a curveball, do they still count as curveballs? This might sound like a koan, but DJ Koze and Marcus Fink seem to have come up with an answer in the form of Pampa. Omm... Anyway, Nathan Fake seems to be moving away steadily from his drifting, naive shoegaze days into experimental, ever more edit-y and challenging territory, and "Xmas Rush" is along these lines. Despite a honied vocal line sliding stickily in the cracks between, the synths have so much weight and edge—even when their knobs aren't being twisted madly to elicit wild laser ray FX—that all the stress of the Christmas rush is indeed delivered. Not that this is a particularly Christmas-y song; the tones are pleasant enough, in a kind of silly, drunk elf kind of way, but the kind of irony and ridiculousness you hear from people like Shitmat and his Wrong Music crew is there too. In fact, I'd venture to say that this spirit would make it even more appropriate to spin in the middle of July, just to add to the randomness. But if all that sounds too much like hard work, the dub version with the digital release cleans things up a bit and reveals a crisper, more danceable beat. Kozalla, meanwhile, jams his tongue firmly into his cheek as usual before producing a brittle click-clack of a rhythm filled out very sparsely with thin digital tones and bits of sub bass, and overlaying the best known work from Jamaican dub poet Michael Smith. The indecipherable lyrics and inclusion of a translation with the press pack suggested to me the usual Koze sense of humour, but after reading about Smith's outspoken political views and untimely death as a result, and the fact that this is billed as a "tribute," I wasn't so sure. Could this be a serious side to Koze? The sparse construction likewise leaves the listener unsure of whether to groove or muse. What is certain, though, is that it's yet another wildly inventive outing from Pampa, with which the world is a better place.”

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