As you would expect, the mix builds expertly. The blends might be a bit faster than usual, but you get the sense that Prosumer simply had a lot of material he wanted to fit in. His sense of ebb and flow is unparalleled as the chug of Soundso's untitled contribution grinds to a halt with Theo Parrish's jerky "Twin Cities" before the mix picks itself back up with Morgan Geist's bouncy night-drive "Current." Things really blast off with the disco sugar rush of Circulation's "Sincerely." But it's that damned Lil Silva track; it just swoops right in, disrupts the groove and makes a general ass of itself with electrified drums and wailing sirens. It's lovably irreverent but obnoxious all the same, and Brandenburg loads the second half of the mix with jacking house jams as if to compensate for the brief indiscretion. The disc finally peaks with the strange transition of Fingers' Inc classic "Music Take Me Up" into the autotrophic growth of low-end scum on Oracy's "Bass Mood," and finally settles down with a remix of QX-1's inimitable "Love Injection."
Panoramabar 03 is a bit of an oddity in that, like Numbers mastermind Jackmaster's recent Fabriclive entry, there's nothing particularly new or earth-shattering, no grand narrative to make its release some sort of momentous event. But over the course of an hour and change, Prosumer makes these disparate tracks sound like they belong together, and the mix quickly becomes its own whole held together by adhesive as strong as any proper album. To reduce it even further, it's just a joy to listen to. I don't think a DJ mix can get much stronger than that.
Wed / 11 May 2011
01. Steffi - Sadness
02. DJ Duke - Heard
03. Hunee - A Leaf For Hand In Hand
04. Soundso - Untitled
05. Theo Parrish - Twin Cities
06. Morgan Geist - Current
07. Romanthony - The House O' God
08. Circulation - Sincerely (Creation Mix)
09. Lil Silva - Pulse vs. Flex
10. Soundstore - Take U
11. J.T. Melody presents Tina Reneé - Prove It (Instrumental)
12. Fingers Inc - Music Take Me Up
13. Oracy - Bass Mood
14. i - L.T.B.C.Y.B.
15. T.S.O.S - Over And Over
16. Servo Unique - Let's Swing It
17. QX-1 - Love Injection (Inject Me Love Mixx)