It's refreshing to hear a label taking a chance on a newcomer, so kudos to Of Paradise for releasing Virtual Life. Taking influence from classic house and techno styles as well as some other curveballs, it's a deeply soulful, inspirational listen. The release starts with "You And Me"; centred on skipping drums and a jacking Chicago rhythm, it also houses the kind of lonely male vocal that could have appeared on a Burial track. "Flying High" is deeper and sounds like Dwell has been busy soaking up mid-90s releases on Pagan and Prescription, thanks to its soulful tones and rasping percussion, while "Follow The Rabbit" pivots towards a darker, filter-led techy groove, interspersed with tripped out female vocals. Rounding off this exemplary release is the seductive, dub techno of "My Intentions Were Good".
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