Rarely do you see a Perc Trax release get DJ feedback that mentions disco. The simply titled imprint has been an outlet for the UK producer and others who share his uncompromising techno vision since 2004. That sound, however, has evolved over the years. So much so that Perc Trax's remit includes room for artists like Sawf who inspire such strange responses. You can't blame jocks for being a bit confused by Pamfago.
The collection of tracks from the young Greek producer have a lightness to them. On "Body," that's down to the lady imploring you to "work your body." She makes these commands over an achingly slow beat and a squirming bassline. It's exactly as the aforementioned feedback describes, some sort of unholy union of industrial techno and funky disco. Is this the revival of Belgian New Beat that (almost) no one has been waiting for? Probably not, if the rest of the EP is any indication. That doesn't mean he's not able to come up with some inspired combinations, though. The title track would be straight industrial if it weren't for the cinematic strings that fly in straight from a John Williams score late in the game, and "La Kouva"'s orchestral undercurrent simply serves as another shade of black in an already colorless and lumbering 122 BPM track.
Only "Empilota" really fails to inspire, despite its breakbeat percussion serving to break up the monotonous crunch. Elsewhere, though, you can tell that Sawf is up to something rather fascinating. What it's called is an open question. What it may become is a tantalizing one.
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Tracklist: Sawf - Pamfago EP 01. Body
03. La Kouva (Vox Mix)
05. Body (Dub Mix)
05. La Kouva (Dub Mix)