Australian experimentalist Rory McPike drops a bizarre release on the fast-rising Cult Trip label. The title track kicks-starts the record with slowed down, teased out acid workout, but soon enough McPike is exploring different areas. "Outlaw" is a punky, disco groove underpinned by a doom-laden, Bauhaus-style bass, while "Technocracy" sees this antipodean maverick shift again. It's a chord-heavy affair very much in the European techno tradition of Kanzleramt. Finally, there's "The Rig". It marks a return of sorts to the title track, but on this occasion, the acid lines are based on lithe break beats and pulverising bass tones.
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.