Rigatoni is the first sample of a new menu from Pan Amsterdam – his third album, EAT, drops in June on Def Pressé.
Announcing his return with pounding drums and an almost classical bassline courtesy of Damu The Fudgemunk, Pan Amsterdam spins a typically leftfield web of word association around fridge magnets, chess moves and pasta washed down with whisky. Pan Am’s real-life alter ego, Leron Thomas, drops in on trumpet to blow the track out.
“When I heard Damu’s beat I was really into the Zen-like kung fu of the track,” explains Pan Am. “It was the first beat that I worked on of Damu’s. I didn’t know where to start on the track until a fan hit me up on my insta. I usually don’t do things to appease the algorithm of garnering followers and likes on my insta and keep things pretty casual as I enjoy interacting with genuine fans. This one fan hit me up with the most random confession. They said that they collect magnets. I thought to myself: that is a great random opening line. And from there I let my stream of consciousness take over.”
EAT is Pan Amsterdam’s latest LP on London label Def Pressé, and follows the success of the album Ha Chu (featuring Jimmy Goodwin from Doves and Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods amongst others) and its lead single, the heavily playlisted and GUTS-produced Carrot Cake.
The album is a collaboration with beat legend Damu The Fudgemunk following their European tour where Damu stepped up as Pan Am’s DJ. Listening closely as they performed on stage, Damu crafted some custom musical playgrounds for Pan Am to frolic in, and the tracks on this album are the outcome.