Plavas Beach resident Closed Paradise has been a constant source for deep and ethereal mid-tempo house jams over the last few years. His most recent effort, the Praise EP, on FINA Records is no different. The three track 12″ showcases the big, moody side-chain heavy sound of the producer and marks his first release of 2017, though something tells us we’re about to get much more from the Frenchman.
While the A-Side is occupied by the Ben La Desh-esque deep house tackle “Praise”, our premiere comes from the B1 slot. “Demon Avenue” initiates with sirens and street car sounds before building in with a brooding, lush synth paired with looping vocals and a thumping bassline. Once the drums kick in, the influence is clear; Homework era programming is all over the percussion and arrangement. A sinister lead and filtered samples enter the fray at the climax of the track to really ice this beefy French House cake.
Despite some minor delays, Praise has been worth the wait. Closed Paradise’s interpolation of classic French House aesthetics into a heavy, pitched-down format laced with dreamy vibes remains unique and impressive.
The wax hits next week, so be sure to set that Juno reminder!