Many labels make an effort to raise the profile of female electronic musicians, but pan y rosa discos goes all out. Of their fifteen releases so far this year, eight are by women. Their music demonstrates an incredible variety of styles and is drawn from a wide variety of countries. Incredibly, all of the downloads are free! Our respect for label head Keith Helt continues unabated as quality music comes our way multiple times each month.
When listening to the first few seconds of attractive synthesis by Latvia’s Līga Smirnova, one thinks, “oh, it’s just another club-based synth track.” But listen just a little longer, and all preconceptions will be destroyed. The five-part piece eradicates all traces of club culture on its way to becoming a thick, drone-based suite. Part two alone begins like a cyclone and ends like a forest fire. By the fourth segment, the cycle has…
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