Ratings and Reviews
A Mix of Mixes
The Motez and GXNXVS mixes are the ones closest to a good reinterpretation. The others will have to grow on me, I suppose. At first listen, they take too little of the original along for the ride, and really don’t even sound like any song at all, just someone trying to show off their chopping and screwing. I have bought all other Panama remixes and they were fine. Kudos for not just extending the original song with a boring extra chorus, just get some balance back in.
Australian electronic project Panama spans the dance-oriented spectrum, from the funk of Hot Chip to the indie dance-rock of Bastille. The work of Jarrah McCleary (vocals, keys, guitar), Panama's debut EP It's Not Over employed an icy digital disco twist on indie rock, similar to Penguin Prison, RAC, and Goldroom. A year later, on 2013's Always, McCleary unveiled a lushly produced, more confident vibe, and subtle restraint. Two subsequent singles followed the same path: 2014's "Stay Forever" incorporated big pop/rock, while 2015's "Jungle" showcased a slow-burning hip-hop beat. The warmly introspective single "Hope for Something" arrived in April 2017. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
- Sydney, Australia