Panacea is German enfant prodige Mathias Mootz, a dj and producer who became
famous on the Berlin "techstep" scene with the brutal assault of
Low Profile Darkness (Position Chrome, 1997).
That style borrowed elements from death-metal and industrial music and applied
them to drum'n'bass (Torture, Stormbringer).
But Twisted Designz (Position Chrome, 1998) veered sharply towards
hip hop syncopation, sounding like a cross between heavy metal and jungle.
While still roaming the same apocalyptic scenario, the music is more
accessible and danceable.
Mootz then hired a couple of rappers and churned out
Phoenix Metabolism (Position Chrome, 1999), an equally unremitting
sonic rape. The instrumentals Sunburst and Vari-Speed take no
Brasilia (Caipirinha, 1999) is Mootz' minimalist and ambient album.
While ostensibly quiet and mellow, the twenty tracks betray Mootz' psychotic
Hot on the heel of a plethora of collaborations and side projects,
including the mediocre Shares Needles with Tarmvred,
the live album
German Engineering (Position Chrome, 2001)
revisits some of the older Panacea material. Unfortunately, Mootz's hip-hop soul
prevails over his industrial soul. Panacea's sound has never been so gentle
and complacent, especially on new tracks
German Engineering and A Perfect Night.
In between Panacea releases, Mathias Mootz also launched M2 (pronounced
a project of ambient glitch music as demonstrated on
14id1610s (Ant-Zen, 2000) and especially
Sinecore (Mille Plateaux, 2000).
Mootz added vocal samples to the mix of Parsec (Hands, 2001), perhaps
his most complex experiment.
The Bitter End (Hands, 2002) was its logical continuation, but
War of Sound (Ant-Zen, 2003) veered towards ambient techno
Aswad (Ant-Zen, 2004) toyed with ethnic music.
XHM2's This Anxious Space (Hymen) is a collaboration between M2 and
Xingu Hill (John Sellekaers).
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