Album Preview: Panacea – 12 Step Program

by Winston "Stone" Ford

Download: Panacea’s Liner Notes session on Subsoniq Radio (right click, save as)

Preview 12 Step Program

Formed at the middle of the last decade, the duo of K-MURDOCK and Raw P, aka Panacea, has been making some of the best progressive hip-hop that will ever enter your iPod. With a sound that is described as “A Tribe Called Quest meets Final Fantasy,” the group combines MURDOCK’s laid back atmospheric beats, with Raw P’s ever so touching rhymes.

The group–which was at one time signed to Rawkus–is releasing their 6th (yes 6th!) album, titled 12 Step Program. We got a preview of the “program” last summer when they dropped their amazing Corkscrew Gaps EP. If you’re a fan of their previous work, then you will love 12 step.

Truth be told, I always forget that these cats are from the DMV. Their music and their mentality always instills a West Coast vibe rather than the more street oriented rhymes of DC artists. Either way, don’t sleep on these guys, they’

I’ve even more excited to cop 12 Step Program on vinyl, as the group raised almost $6,000 on Kickstarter in support of the cause.

Check the Panacea Interview Here