Hessle Audio will soon present the debut full-length from label co-founder Kevin McAuley (a.k.a Pangaea), titled In Drum Play.

The ten tracks cut deep into stripped-back techno structures, yet remain infused with the ravey intensity and rogue experimentalism that has placed his works among the most acclaimed to emerge from the UK in the last decade.

Since his debut 12” in 2007, Pangaea’s music has existed in a continual state of metamorphosis. From the ghostly flex of his early singles into the rhythmic vortices of his self-released Hadal EPs, and now the mesmerising dance of In Drum Play, it’s evolved into a freewheeling strain of ruffneck techno, with one ear jacked into sound system culture; the other in the nocturnal psychedelia of UK pioneers like Surgeon. His DJ sets have developed in parallel, becoming fast-paced voyages at the interface of loopy techno and more exploratory UK styles, an aesthetic captured on his 2014 mix for the Fabriclive CD series.

As its title suggests, In Drum Play is a product of that feedback loop between the studio and the club. The funky intensity of tracks like “Rotor Soap,” “More Is More To Burn” and “DNS” emerged from a desire to write music that mirrored the late night dancefloor environments that McAuley has been DJing within. Crafted around sharpened motifs that burrow simultaneously into mind and body, they rank among his headiest and most forceful music to date.


01. Mutual Exchange
02. Rotor Soap
03. Bulb In Zinc
04. More Is More To Burn
05. Scaled Wing
06. One by One
07. Lofty Can
08. Send It In
09. Skips Desk
10. DNS

In Drum Play in scheduled for October 14 release via Hessle Audio, with “Send It In” streamable in full below.