Across a handful of releases on stellar new imprints like left_blank and Astro Dynamics, Bristolian Seb Gainsborough has demonstrated an illuminating talent for smudged out, slackened house under the name Vessel that justifies the swelling expectation that surrounds him. Whilst we wait for the intriguing prospect of a debut album on Triangle Recordings of all places, Gainsborough offers further example of his wide range of production skills with some quite excellent music under the name Panther Modern. Arising on the Immerse label that his left-Blank cohort El Kid has graced, the Panther Modern name is undoubtedly inspired by William Gibson's cyberpunk classic, and the somewhat desolate nature of the opening moments to "Howl" would lead you to believe Gainsborough is taking the theme further. However the track soon morphs into a floating boogie flex driven by stripped down percussive rhythms and scrapings of rusted analogue textures that give proceedings a nice hint of chug. Alongside this, "Pietimento" begins in more substantial, almost monolithic fashion with a pulsing Detroit groove which is soon granted all manner of colourful light by deft flourishes of strings exploding wholesale into an infinitely satisfying synth funk wig out that you'd expect from a Detroit resident with twenty years of experience to call on.
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