I’ve heard of perfectly pleasant friends who know their music being turned away at the door of Berghain for no apparent reason. Despite being lauded as the new Mecca of house and techno, this makes me suspicious of their establishment and what they’re about. But, to quote Woody Allen quoting Groucho Marx, “I’d never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member,” so either way, I’ll avoid any potential embarrassment and won’t bother trying.
Here, the club’s little and less hard-core brother Panorama Bar delivers the third in their mix series, from Prosumer – the much-feted DJ/producer and graduate from the Michael Eavis school of head topiary. With no boring moments, ‘03’ demonstrates a highlight-filled, instinctive knack for perfectly-paced momentum. This might seem like a rather prosaic description of a mix, but it’s something plenty of DJs fail to achieve.
This varied yet coherent selection reads like a who’s-who of leaders in their field as Steffi, Theo Parrish, Romanthony, Fingers Inc and Circulation all make an appearance. Any distinctions between old and new releases are blurred as Prosumer cherry-picks good bits from the past twenty five odd years. Everything contained, even Lil Silva’s UK funky/grime wig-out possesses the key components of good house music: it’s sonically warm, not digitally over-maximised and thus easy on attuned ears, but still rudely funky with beats, grooves and melody that cause jacking of the body, whether voluntary or not.
For sale or for free, there’s a ludicrously large amount of competition in the world of DJ mixes, but if you want a top-notch, colourful set by someone who’s very good at it, this comes highly recommended.
‘Panarama Bar 03’ is out now on Ostgut Ton