No stranger to the cherry-picked pool of talent at somethinksounds, Lucky Paul now delivers his second weird and wonderful single ‘Elephant Island’ on the boutique label, backed by a couple of muscular remixes from Hyperdub wonderboy Ossie and the unstoppable Midland.
Lucky Paul may be a relative newcomer to the electronic music scene but the New Zealander and drummer for Feist (now residing in LA) has spent his lifetime pursuing worldwide musical inspirations. From studying traditional percussion in Brazil to living with Indian music legend Pandit Vikash Maharaj and his musical family, Lucky Paul is an accomplished alchemist in noise and rhythm with an obsessive attention to sonic detail and experimentation. Having already released the sublime and unusual ‘Slow Ground EP’ on somethinksounds earlier this year (including the huge ‘Thought We Were Alone’ remix courtesy of Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap), Lucky Paul, now bestows his next unique installment.
Inspired by the intrepid explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, the original ‘Elephant Island’ is an idyllic soundscape of emotive electronica but bursting with plenty of weird and raw musicality. Punching through haunting vocal line from Electric Wire Hustle’s frontman Mara TK - are brawny drums and rippling analogue synths and bass. It’s a supreme percussive work out that builds into a dramatic orchestra of beats and strings. The alternative ’Piano Dub’ begins all passionate keys, space-out, stripped-back percussion and develops into another compelling wall of sound.
Rising producer and new label family Ossie steps up for the first rework with a deep and wonky voyage into the realms of UK funky. Lending ‘Elephant Island’ a lick of futuristic darkness, demented keys, pulsing bass and erratic staccato rhythms pierce the calm of the filtered vocal. An ideal match for the boundary-less spirit of somethinksounds, 22-year old East-London dweller Ossie has been setting labels Hyperdub and Lightworks alight with the ingenuity and versatility of his debut productions.
Midland offers his Midas touch in the second remix with an uplifting deep house rendering of ‘Elephant Island’. Swimming in warm pads and fuelled by a rolling groove, this is destined to provide the euphoric dancefloor moment.