Following on from his recent appearance on a Correspondant label compilation, upcoming producer Bird of Paradise is given a full EP to articulate his unusual sound. "Brothel Drummer" kick starts the release in unexpected manner, a half-paced, drum-heavy workout. However, the producer really impresses on the title track and on "And The Half Light". Both tracks use live drumming, loose, pulsing grooves and gentle trance-inducing melodies to seduce the listener. Bird of Paradise also faces some serious competition from remixer Lauer. The German Dj/producer tightens the drums, adds some cowbells and uses Italo synth hooks to turn the title track into a long-forgotten 80s gem.
After a five year hiatus, Steffi and Dexter's now legendary Klakson imprint is back in action. Said to have been due to pressing plant delays and being tied up with their respective careers, we can forgive them; so long as they continue with the quality releases they've shown us thus far. The dirty electro funk antics of "Troubles" sees Remy Verheijen awash in an analogue bubble bath to the vocoded tune of "I've got/so much troubles/on my mind". "Flashback" is dark and emotive techno-soul that you could have sworn was the work of Boris Bunnik for a second, but undeniably Dexter. The second half of the release gives us "Twilight Life", a tribute to the more electro-fied leanings of UR or Drexciya, as is "Patternmaster" which gets deep down and nasty in the aquatic fashion of the latter. Tip!