Everyone, this is not a drill: robots dance. Alright, we kid, but, Sydney Pantheon, known by the stage name Pantheon, creates an EP that would certainly fit if the occasion arose. We’ve always thought robots would be getting down to some roboticly fluctuated dubstep, but Pantheon decides to take that style and mesh it with some tech-house.
Pantheon’s EP Robots Dance, released through Unknown Records on January 31st, garnered past support from techno greats including Richie Hawtin and Jamie Jones. The Australian DJ keeps the momentum moving from his single Cursed, which included minimal techno drum line with contrasting dark, vibrant tones. Some claim the two song EP Robots Dance has an essence of a Star Wars thematic vibe. While not everyone is a fan of the series, the album certainly has a futuristic style with tech-house elements.
The first track off the EP, Robots, showcases the lengthy techno bass-centered tune. The song first featured on The Aston’s Friday Night Shuffle’s podcast on triple j. The seven minute track contains that 4/4 tech beat, while jazzy undertones and robotic sounds overlay throughout. The dark, distorted lyrics go in-and-out with the beat, making for a diverse tech house tune.
The second song off the EP Spaceships has garnered support from artists, such as Pete Tong, who featured it on BBC Radio 1. This track is immediately recognizable if you’re a fan of tech-house centered clubs and sets. It is a hit you’ll likely hear at clubs like Monkey Loft in Seattle for example. Spaceships follows a strict rhythmic beat, but with horns and spacey tinges incorporated into the breakdowns. It is much funkier in contrast to its darker counterpart, Robots.
The Robots Dance EP portrays that minimal techno appreciation of repetitive beats. It also relies on the jazzy elements of house to create a unique, somewhat dark, tech-house album. You can download the EP on iTunes, Beatport, or Google Play. Robots Dance is also available to stream on Spotify and SoundCloud.
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