Since New Times last year named Panic Bomber Best New Electronica Artist, a lot has changed for the artist born Richard Haig. He has toured throughout North America and the United Kingdom and enjoyed a successful showcase during March's SXSW. And after two self-released albums, Calling in Threats and Getting on My Mind, Panic Bomber's new Discipline EP gets a proper release, albeit a minor one, through Canada's YYZ Records.
The three-track disc marks a bit of a departure for Haig. Calling in Threats was a manifesto against Miami's lack of a live music scene and love for DJ culture. Discipline, though, finds Haig finally relishing the electronic music genre and taking pride in the music he's making — which he should, considering he seems to have a natural talent for it. The title track is perhaps his best work. It's a housey electro number that climaxes early and then turns into a glitchy electro-pop track reminiscent of Calvin Harris.
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"Can't Sleep" and "Perfection and Grace" feature the live instrumentation and electro sounds that have become Haig's signature. Which leaves us wondering if his next full-length might tip him over the edge and earn him more national recognition. Let's hope so.