Rimshots: PANTyRAiD's sensual 'PillowTalk'
The West Coast production team PANTyRAiD always has been a bit of a throwback to early ’90s electronica—not in terms of its sonic palette, which is an absolutely au courant mix of dubstep, French house music, and the more luxurious end of underground hip-hop—but via an enduring devotion to song structure, taking the listener on a journey that doesn’t just begin and end on the dance floor, and a devotion to crafting albums that stand as albums, not just a collection of singles and a filler. The four-year wait for new sounds from Josh Mayer (Glitch Mob) and Martin Folb (Martyparty) after their debut as a duo with Sauce (2009) was worth every minute, since the variety of sounds here, from the undulating “Realism is for Girls” to the slow but frenetic “Stay Up Tonight,” and from the celebratory “Sixteen & Free” to the elegiac “Driving Back Home,” rival anything this side of Bassnectar for setting the creative bar ever higher on the modern electronic dance scene.
PANTyRAiD, PillowTalk (Glass Air Records)
Rating on the four-star scale: 3.5 stars.