Scotland-born Parisian Paradise 100 aka Graham/Africa has been percolating stripped-back, bouncy-castle house constructs onto the web for a couple years but never locked them in wax till now. High time.
Paradise 100 has unveiled the first track off his debut EP The Loin King, which comes out October 1st on 100% Silk. Pitchfork premiered title track « The Loin King », describing it as a « six-minute house jam » that « sweetly unfolds into something…expansive and tart. »
Following his minimalist dictum that « any more than three tracks on a song is just indulgence, » his debut EP’s four cuts on The Loin King share a sleek, spare design, jigsawing slinky bass, classic keys, lean drum programming, and flashes of synth mirage into fluid, aerodynamic patterns. Touches of melodic acid and crossover new wave color the mood an exotic, hedonistic hue (further evinced by titles like « The Loin King » and « French Kissing In The House Of Love »). His own vision of the project is appropriately fantastical: « The image in my mind is of tropical forests at night, torchlight, distant sounds of tribal ritual dance and ghosts. »
Paradise100’s mixtape for us :
Paradise100’s Top 5
I always assumed Sirius Mo would be a huge name but it never seemed to happen, why not is a mystery because the guy has talent flopping off him like dead skin. This early track of his sums up why i love him so much; its roots lie in tech-house but with a total pop sensibility and still sounds fresh.
Mot Maatsalen by Tomas Andersson is the best dance floor filler that ever existed – period. Its so simple, one synth one drum track, and is relentless from the very beginning. Every time i DJ this I get people coming up astonished asking what it is. I’m very “maximalist” naturally when making music, this track taught me that sometimes as little instruments as possible can be much more effective.
Early 80s pop(?) track which is a cover of a south american hymn written by Ariel Ramírez. There is nothing quite like it and i LOVE the choice of distorted disco tom and broken bell synth that accompanies.
I have a Google alert to notify me whenever something new about either AK Paul or his brother Jai Paul hits the net. Prince lives on with these guys but even such a comparison is reductive to their own signature sound and production that they cultivated for themselves.
I always thought that if there is a heaven and I was good enough to get there, this song would be playing as I enter with all the best musicians throughout history just riffing. FYI the entire album “Journey Into The Unknown” is one of those rare cases where there is literally NO filler.
Thanks to Graham Peel aka Paradise100 !
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