A pan-pot is a simple, workday knob, given to side-to-side flip-flopping and not much else. Pan-Pot, on the other hand, are a brilliant multi-dimensional Berlin duo currently twisting house and techno fans into rapturous fits.
In just a few short years, Pan-Pot – comprised of Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix – have developed a dominate presence amongst the top tier of electronic dance music, with an ascension paralleling the rise of their native label, Mobilee records. Another Mobilee signee, Marco Resmann, was a founding member of the group, but has since left to concentrate on his solo work.
Pan-Pot’s vinyl debut came in May 2005 with the “Popy & Caste EP” (mobilee002), featuring two cuts bursting with gritty, dirty funk, as though they’d scraped all the gunk from beneath the knobs of their gear, packed it into a ball and sent it rolling across the nightclub. Since then, in addition to their contribution to the “Extra EP” (mobilee005 plus), backing Daniel Stefanik’s anthemic banger “The Bells,” they’ve released three more EPs on mobilee (“Obscenity“, mobilee005; “Black Lodge“, mobilee012; and “What Is What“, mobilee023) and two on Einmaleins Musik.
The defining moment of their career, however, was the release of their debut artist album. The first artist album to be released on mobilee, the aptly named “Pan-O-Rama” provided a stunning 360- degree tour of techno at its most twisted, balancing somber atmospherics with an impeccable lightness of touch. Serving as a playground for their experimental leanings, the album was a definitive statement of Pan-Pot’s past, present, and future: an affirmation of the possibility of a wider sonic spectrum that suggested a move towards stripped-down techno while simultaneously hinting towards a newly developed sense of melody.
Their kinetic, undulating grooves have proved particularly tempting to other producers – Jesse Rose, Lee Van Dowski, Agnès, Martin Landsky, Barem and Camea have all taken shots at reworking the group’s tunes. Their own remixing skills are increasingly in demand, Pan-Pot have put their immediately recognizable spin on tracks by Misc, Anja Schneider & Sebo K, Tim Xavier, Dapayk Solo, Sweet ‘n Candy, Slam and Damián Schwartz, among others.
One of the latest works by Pan-Pot includes great remix of “Regenerate” from Booka Shade which was released on November 23, 2010 on Booka Shade’s own label (Booka005) and is now slowly climbing to the top of Beatport chart.