Boomkat Product Review:
Since the impact of the anthemic 'Memories' and 'You & I', the weight of expectation has been lumbered around Pangaea's neck. Now after a brief hiatus he returns with an assuredly exemplary artifact of dubstep soul, maturing six tracks of moving rollidge, modern classical inflections and tech-stepped beat science. In a way, it's possible to label Pangaea as the Sven Weisemann of dubstep, as he approaches the style from an elevated angle of musicality and production values which lends his sound a timeless sheen of quality. But unlike Weisemann, Kevin McAuley is all about the future lurch, creating rhythmic engines tuned with the experience of a lifetime checking D'n'B, Garage and 'step patterns. With the spine-chilling arrangments of 'Why', he twists these influences back upon themselves with a (Funky) house-inspired clip, before aligning the dipping contours of the Ben UFO fave 'Sunset Yellow' with organ chords harking back to EP7 era Auetechre and divas screaming from the deepest rave you've never been to. The tripped formula of '5-HTP' is the masterful centrepiece of the set, displaying well toned subbass muscle and artcore breakbeat forces introduced with a head-melting drone intro, while the unruly 'Neurons' gives a nod to dubstep rave with zooming synthlines and those looking for near-instant soul gratification will find it in the pitch-shifted utterances of gorgeous closer 'Because Of You'. It's all proof, if needed, that Pangaea is at the head of his game and deserves the highest recommendations possible.