Release - Pangaea
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 3, 2012
    80
    The sound of Pangaea doing his thang, then? Yep. Ahead of the game? On this evidence, most certainly.
  2. Dec 3, 2012
    77
    While Pangaea and Hessle's peers have resorted to mealy, house-music gruel (Hotflush) and thinly veiled populism (Hyperdub), Release offers willful, self-conscious antagonism of the purest variety.
  3. Release definitely sees Pangaea staying ahead of the game, voyaging without hesitation into unchartered territories while keeping a foot in familiar UK bass strains.
  4. Dec 3, 2012
    75
    Release is an impressive feat overall, one that offers up a handful of uniquely dancefloor-ready tracks while continuing to show that Pangaea and Hessle are not likely to fall behind the cutting edge of dance music anytime soon.
  5. Dec 7, 2012
    70
    These are effective dancefloor tracks that contain secret burdens o f menace or anxiety. [Dec 2012, p.68]
  6. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    Moving into darker, deeper spaces, it whets the appetite for further occasions when McAuley will fight the urge to rein it in for the dancefloor.
  7. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    Bold and robust, these eight tracks are sure to engage any fan of the label's prior output.
  8. 70
    There's stacks to enjoy, but, for the most part, Release bares its bones and hides its heart.

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