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Kenyan wunderkind Slikback and London’s Soda Plains ramp up a strong 3rd volume of PAN’s club-cut split series after turns from M.E.S.H./Tzusing and Toxe/Crystallmess.
Spotlighting two keenly watched artists, PAN’s programming skills are on-point here, pairing Slikback’s slugging militant steppers and mutant sound design with more needling and tense hard drum and garage rave scorchers by Soda Plains.
After rapidly rising to acclaim with EPs for Nyege Nyege Tapes’ Hakuna Kulala sublabel and Svbkvlt since 2018, Slikback turns up pure fire on his half, hammering out the fast-fwd, hardcore, syncopated techno of ‘AKI’ and the bone-crunching dancehall futurism of ‘UZAA’ to follow in the fierce mode of his 2019 splits with Hyph11e.
On the flip side Soda Plains makes the shift from cult concern to rave catalyst with his most striking club tunes to date, racking up the Mahraganat-style snare rolls and nagging drones of ‘Glacier’ on a hot hard drum flex, then cutting loose with see-sawing rave riffs on the rushy, super-rugged London pressure of ‘No Fear’ - a proper rave earworm.