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The First Pan Sonic Release after they were forced to change their name from Panasonic, the missing 'A' became its title...
In the vast, mountainous range of Pan Sonic’s catalogue, their A  album is a craggy peak tucked away behind the duo’s better known Vakio and Aaltopiiri stacks. While too often overlooked, it forms a crucial bridge between their earliest, techno-indebted work as Panasonic (before the litigation) and the emergence of rugged hunks of power noise and deft, cloven hoofed beats that came to define their sound as Pan Sonic for years to come.
Both operators characteristics are evident, with Mika Vainio’s signature spatial awareness and metal-gauntleted grasp of noise, and Ilpo Väisänen’s signature swung pulses merged in amorphous effect across the album, congealing with and repelling each other in myriad permutations of puristic electronics. Of course, those roles would blend and diverge across the record, but it remains easy to hear themes coming into being that would define each other’s catalogues, both solo and collectively.
Between the thumb-on-phono-lead buzz and sepulchral reverbs of Maa which open the set, thru to slow pulverisation of Voima, this album documents Pan Sonic at their rawest, belligerent and mist elemental, catching Ilpo’s unmistakeable drum pogroming at its most pendulous in Lomittain, and the pair at their most illusive in the negative space of A-Kemia, along with exquisitely isolated abstraction of Aktiivi, and proper, mutant death dub in Johto 2, and a fortifying lash of flashcore-like experimental techno velocity in Telakoe.