Since the last weekend in September, Sundays in Denver have become one of the best nights to see international acts perform on one of the best sound systems in the city. Beta Nightclub began a venture named Proper Sundays on September 27th featuring the queen of underground Techno in Nicole Moudaber and the venue hasn't looked back. Every Sunday Beta has teamed up with Aftethours Anonymous to bring in amazing artists in dance music like Danny Daze, Mind Against, Noir, PillowTalk, and Carlo Lio.
This past Sunday, December 6th was no exception as the German techno giants Pan-Pot off of Mobilee Records hit the main stage at Beta. I was able to catch them when they came to Denver last year in July and left the show feeling like I had just been hit with a Techno 2x4. Sometimes the inundation of House music can become a little monotonous, so it was a real treat to let loose and get crazy to some hardcore, banging Techno. Another bonus of Proper Sundays is they usually end by midnight, giving you just enough time to sleep off the debauchery of the weekend and be just about normal by Monday.
Pan-Pot took to the decks a little later than scheduled, but they still had time to play a 3+ hour set. From the get go, the hard hitting 4/4 beat pulsed throughout the crowd and deep, distorted chords echoed onto the main floor. The two are absolute pros at bringing in subtle vocal samples from tracks like D Unity’s 'Tell You Something' to Oliver Koletzki's 'Iyewaye' and layer them over banging bass and crashing hi-hats, emitting their sound with fantastic depth. Their selection wasn’t the only thing impressive about the show, however; the duo truly looked like they were having a great time playing for the Denver crowd, dancing and clapping along to tracks off of their new LP The Other.
Midnight came and went and Pan-Pot were going harder than ever when 1AM rolled around. Dropping into Joseph Capriati’s remix of their own track 'Fugitives', the two blasted on all cylinders and laid down a bass line wobble that shock me to the core. Mixing right into Maceo Plex’s 'Solar Detroit' had the place going crazy with the percussive and sonic intensities throughout the track as they finished their set on a high note. This show was definitely on par with, if not better than, their last outing in Denver and I highly suggest catching them play whenever possible.