Marking his first release of 2014, the Planet Mu bossman steps forth with a selection of electronica that follows a logical path from last year's Chewed Corners LP. There's a spread of tempos on offer, from the brief melancholic hardcore stylings of "Taxi Sadness" to the slow, cerebral funk of "Blem", but the overreaching theme of this EP is the heavy melodic load that each track carries. Winsome synths have always been something of a calling card for Paradinas, and here is no exception, with many of the tracks eschewing beats in favour of dramatic ambience as heard on the celestial delights of "PRG" and the heartbroken ballad "Rimmy".
The unstoppable juggernaut of forward-thinking electronics that surges out of Houndstooth HQ gets another boost in its poppier climes from release debutants 18+, who mix noirish pop, bass and a dash of trip hop with a healthy dose of boy-girl chemistry across two short and sweet tracks. 18+ purports to be a loose-fit multimedia concern, but here the myriad creative ventures get distilled into a pair of distinct cuts that share the over-arching experimental spirit of Houndstooth. "Crow" (so titled because of an insistent bird call running through the track) has a sweet melancholy about its poignant bleep refrain and tender vocals, while "Horn" works its own titular device into clamouring, nightmarish backdrop to strained MCing that comes from the same dystopia that birthed Pre-Millenium Tension.