Praise is the first Fina release from Closed Paradise, a French producer previously best known for serving up tidy re-edits and reworks on Editorial, Kolour Ltd and Whiskey Disco. The producer's smooth nu-disco roots can be heard amongst the swirling synthesizer chords, tactile beats and mutilated Daft Punk synth lines of "Demon Avenue", while acid-flecked closer "Piece of Mind" is a successful attempt to fuse the saucer-eyed spirit of late '80s, warehouse-friendly house anthems and the synth-heavy bounce of 21st century European disco. Best of all, though, is opener "Praise", an ultra-dreamy, ultra-deep chunk of sunrise house brilliance that's guaranteed to melt even the stoniest of hearts.
Orbiting the Sun, just near Venus, is a little known planet called Closed Paradise. When not residing there, this disco-chic producer resides in the more earthly domain of France. Editorial have scored a real coup here by signing him up for this sizzling four-track outing that covers thick, syrupy disco-house ("Bad Girl"), majestic ecstasy-house ("Asymmetric"), thumping French Touch boogie ("Dice") and the utterly sublime synth-moods of "Filtered Light". C'est Bon!
A pleasingly varied deep house EP here that shows off the French crew's musical versatility nicely. 'What Else' opens proceedings, a lounge-y, laidback affair underpinned by a constantly surging bassline and topped with snatches of female conversation. That's followed by 'Cindy Goes To A Party', a slo-mo number with a blissed-out feel and a bizarre female vocal sample that sounds like it's been lifted from a old B&W movie. 'Dizzy Spell' then takes us into more uptempo, small-hours territory before the EP's closed out by the disco-tinged dancefloor romp that is 'Set It Out'.
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