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.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/337985885″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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!