Panoptic Blend in a Mix by Maksim Panfilov

Two hours of extraordinary selections by an underground connoisseur.

Photo by Alexander Grevtsov

Maksim Panfilov is a reckless melomaniac and a passionate collector of vinyl. Originally from the industrial city of Norilsk, he now lives in Moscow, and has been DJing since 1998 – sharing his feelings for music in truly underground mixes and sets. “A mix for me has the presence of a certain concept in its entirety. Each track should engage through its rhythm, groove and emotion. It’s important to have a complete piece in the end,” says Maksim.

The two-hour mix goes beyond any style or genre, blending warm ambience, downtempo tropical percussion rolls, dreamy melodies, and jazzy motives amplified by classics like “Nlogax” by Boards of Canada or Tom Tom Club’s “Genius of Love.” “It’s a mix to appreciate while chilling with friends or on a road trip late at night,” he says. While listening to Maksim’s compilation, it’s impossible to predict the direction it will take in a couple of tracks. It’s amusing to plunge into the extensive sound valley between straight-up danceability and rhythmic experimentation.