Reviewed – B-J S – Panic Buyers Theme.

Rating – 3/5

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What do you get when you cross throwback techno beats, pneumatic drill-Esque bass lines, and the Coronavirus? No, it’s not the set up to the latest shit joke that your Uncle’s forwarded you on WhatsApp; you get the ‘Panic Buyer’s Theme’. A topical, yet albeit, clearly novelty track on the state of the great British public’s en masse hoarding of toilet paper, and hand sanitizing products. Who says all the good songs have been written?

Fans of the current underground UK dance and electronic scene will aboslutely find elements in here that remind of them of their fondest memories exploring the scene. Grime fans will also be captivated and drawn in. This is a track with elements that will unite fans from all areas of electronic music.

The frenetic wailing alarms, distorted bass hooks, and frankly insane vocal delivery do well to recreate a sense of panic you might witness upon hearing the very first air raid siren as the German Luftwaffe prepare to rain death down upon the huddled masses. There are some interesting satirical gems to be gleaned from this track and the humor is evident in the hook: “Don’t make me cough on you/ Don’t make me spit on you”.

The use of sampling is top-notch. The choice of variations is tasteful and used appropriately. Adding a true UK garage and jungle sound to the track, combined with the modern grime vocal approach, the track stays true to its roots whilst adding some modern elements respectively. Although this single is too loud to ignore, it would feel more at home on an EP or full-length record. The sonic space it creates is captivating but ends too soon to be fully engaged in the band’s true artistic vision. There is endless potential in this song and if the ideas executed in this track are channeled into a full release a unique, modern, creative and forward-thinking sound will resonate all over the UK.

The vocal production is very industrial with the volume drops and reverb automation changing throughout, truly adding to the live atmosphere of the track. However, the vocal production does leave a lot to be desired and a lot of the interesting stuff is lost in the mix of screechy distortion.  When the lyrical content is probably the main focus of making a track like this, it’s got to be a priority to make the delivery clear.

This isn’t an example of studio polished bars. No, this is an underground rave and MC rap battle, so come on down, drop an E and don’t forget your hand stamp to get back in.

Review by Theo Wildgoose

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