Pan Amsterdam

"With guest spots from Open Mike Eagle & Iggy Pop, “Elevator Music” is a woozy EP of jazz-informed boom-bap."- Bandcamp New And Notable

Elevator Music Vol. 1 marks the first in a three-part series of EPs to be released this year on Def Pressé.  This first package of songs including collabs with Open Mike Eagle and Iggy Pop. Expect some more interesting appearances as the tale unfolds.

Like Pan Am said, 'I do like to get weird. And it all seems to get weirder'.
  “Like a lot of hip-hop collabs with non-hip-hoppers, this is thoroughly Pan Am’s show (shining vocally and on horn), but by the end, Iggy’s solitary vocal line, repeated often, really transports me to waiting in line in a suburban gas station. You’ll understand when you hear it. A-” –Vinyl District 

“There is also something deliciously oddball about all of this which only adds to the sense of subtle revolution, I suspect containing a hidden anger in amongst all of those Jazzy blasts of horn. ‘And a Powerbomb.’”- Magazine Sixty 

“Iggy Pop waxes poetic about beef jerky and gas-station living on this taut, one-off collaboration with the experimental hip-hop musician.”-Bandcamp New & Notable 

“Iggy’s lyrics here are primarily concerned with the gas station lifestyle, as he’s heard singing about Powerball tickets and beef jerky over Pan Am’s warping fusion of hip-hop and jazz.”-Consequence Of Sound 

“Horn player and rhymesmith Pan Amsterdam (real name Leron Thomas) has just released this compelling abstract single that has Iggy dropping in seamingly form a gas station somewhere off the highway: “Two scratches, beef jerky and a Powerball.”-Brooklyn Vegan 

“After a persona shrouded in mystery, he revealed his true identity with a fascinating debut album in 2018, The Pocket Watch. Now, Pan Amsterdam is back with “Mobile.” A collaboration with the legendary Iggy Pop, recorded during a tour stop in Texas.” –The Find Magazine  

"It does have a distinctly psychedelic things playing backwards vibe though so perhaps everything is revealed in a hidden message.”- Monkeyboxing

 “Okay so Pan Amsterdam and Iggy Pop may not be the first collaboration that you would expect to hear, but neither of them have ever been one for following the status quo. Plus if it works, go for it.” –Gingerslim 

“...his quirky deliver offering something a little different yet extremely tasty...The b-side, 15 Seconds, sees  Malik Ameer Crumpler jump behind the boards, and Leron Thomas on trumpets.”- Bonafide Mag 

.DJMAG Music Reviews Singles - Hip Hop & Trap - Issue 589 


Jazz News France

Jazz News France

‘Plus One’ by Unofficial: Pan Amsterdam, BBC Radio 6 Music Recommends 21.05.2018


We really don't know exactly where Pan Amsterdam comes from. He was found on the coast of Miami, Florida in a state of apparent amnesia. However, we've been able to compile some information on him though we are still some way from connecting all of the dots...When Pan Amsterdam washed up on the coast, he was wearing an oversized black velvet jacket with a cigarette burn, black jeans and two different coloured church socks. Further along the coast, we found a trumpet case WITH a trumpet inside of it, in the case's side zipper there was a mouthpiece, valve oil for the horn, and a drive with masking tape on. As for why Pan Am was found at sea we don't fully know. Most recently we are investigating a tip-off that a Jazz trumpet player was lost at sea, having jumped ship from a Neo-Soul, Smooth Jazz cruise..... 

Pan Amsterdam DJ MAG 8.5

Landlord Elijah Re-Do With Mr.Shn
One of the highlights from PA's astonishing 'Pocket Watch' set here gets a supremely twisted re-rub from Mr Shn. Two twelves are coming out — the original is still the swishiest slo-mo Premo-laden radiant funk revelation, but Mr Shn's reimagining populates the track's pensive spaces with even more space, a hollowed out cosmic vibe suddenly skewered by sighing chorales, trippy, squishy synths and stereo-strafing reverbed snare hits. Tasty.
"One of the best horn players around today"- Iggy Pop

"Like Son of Sam, Thatmanmonkz's production has live feel, cemented by juicy horn licks, and bubbling throughout is Pan Am's deadpan, arresting delivery. Iggy Pop's a big fan. Iggy knows." -THE WIRE

Surreal, absurd, abstract, shot through with a E.E. Cummings sense of the vibrant and a Le Guin style cosmic abstrusness”. - DJ MAG