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ELOQ - Mysterious (Front Cover)
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Palms Out Sounds continue their quest to showcase the brightest unheard talent with the Mysterious EP from Copenhagen based producer ELOQ, otherwise known as August Fenger. Channelling a similar kind of technicolour ADD energy as Hudson Mohawke and Rustie, ELOQ creates the kind of soundscapes most could barely even comprehend let alone imagine. "Why Don't You" takes elements of US R&B production into its sprawling vista, combining rough analogue sounds with skittering drums, while "Starstruck" utilises a more straight up hip-hop beat and euphoric chords. "Mysterious" meanwhile fills in its slow-moving funk with rippling arpeggios and rapid snare rolls, while "Shine" offers the EP's most dancefloor focused moment, with sugar-coated vocals riding high on a rolling house beat. Remix support comes in the form of three reworkings of "Why Don't You"; Lazer Sword, whose superb remix keeps the structural hyperactivity of the track but resets it as a brooding Detroit electro classic, Lucid, whose rasping jackhammer bass takes it into dark new territory, and Norrit, whose restrained yet shimmering version fuses Detroit techno and garage rhythms.

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