Northern California duo Panacea makes the kind of dreamy, mystical hip-hop that mid-'90s Bush Babees fans would find familiar. They make songs like "Ecosphere," where producer K-Murdock makes soulful and yearning tracks that rapper Raw Poetic chops up with his edgy yet insightful vocals. "Stars, I count them, one two three/One two I use the star and MC/Three is the one that gets me to free/Styles in the way my people should be," he rhymes on "Starlite."
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Earlier this year, Panacea issued an acclaimed EP, Thinking Back Looking Forward, with tracks like "Freedom Theory" and "Limitless Pages." They just released a blissed-out debut called Ink Is My Drink this month on the newly-formed Rawkus Records, a label with its own tumultuous past (think Black Star and Company Flow). The band's Phoenix stop is part of a short fall tour.