Australian 4-piece, Panama, are self-described as “hopeful house enthusiasts and purveyors of nostalgic electronic sounds.” Match that up with insanely creative producer, Wave Racer, who tersely reveals, “I like vocoders and arpeggios,” and something interesting is bound to come out. Indeed it has here with Wave Racer’s remix of “Always,” flipping the mellow original into an amazing pitched-up, spastic enigma much like most of his productions.
Always is the second EP from Panama out earlier this month via Future Classic. The band took to Bandcamp with the “name your price” strategy (i.e. Radiohead’s In Rainbows) which seems to be paying off for them, hitting nearly half a million plays of the title track on Soundcloud with a remix EP due out October 28th featuring this one from Wave Racer and two additional renditions from Classixx and Cosmo’s Midnight.