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Download: Lucky Paul - Thought We Were Alone (Gang Colours Remix)

Download: Lucky Paul - Thought We Were Alone (Gang Colours Remix)

Friday 3rd June, 2011 1:42PM

Lucky Paul [Taylor] seems to be just that,  a musician and producer, he  has spent a good chunk of time living in interesting places and working with a host of great musicians. A local at heart, Paul currently resides in Berlin and is about to release his debut EP The Slow Ground via young UK label Somethinksounds. 

Here is the first track released from the EP "Thought We Were Alone (Gang Colours Remix)" and you can download it below.

Press Release:

On June 16 Auckland’s very own Lucky Paul (Paul Taylor) releases his debut recording, The Slow Ground, on fledgling UK label Somethinksounds.  Lucky Paul is a musician and producer based in Berlin, where he has been holed up for the last two years, honing his craft and working with the likes of Mocky, Chilly Gonzalez and Feist (who he is now drumming for). 

Somethinksounds (the brainchild of cult culture magazine somethinkblue) put their name on the map last year with Eliphino’s wildly successful debut release The Undivided Whole EP. This year the label is back with their second output, The Slow Ground. This release is part one of an impressive aural package (the followup dropping in early summer 2011) and comes complete with three remixes, most notably a worldwide exclusive first from G$ vs Gold, Gadi Mizrahi of Wolf & Lamb and Eli Gold of Soul Clap, respectively.  

Situated comfortably between the bassy, futuristic hip hop of Flying Lotus and Tokimosta, the progressive sounds of Animal Collective and Panda Bear and the melancholy productions of Mount Kimbie, James Blake and The xx, The Slow Ground is sure to attract fans from across the mutual spectrum.

Lucky Paul is a new name for most.  He spent one year in Brazil studying it’s traditional percussion, and followed it up with a trip to India where he spent time living with and learning from Indian music legend Pandit Vikash Maharaj and his musical family.  Lucky Paul’s musical vision quest then led him to Korea where he spent 7 months studying with Bae il Dong - a Pansori singer who learned his art by living near a waterfall for 5 years, singing into the water for fifteen hours a day.  Closer to home he has worked with Opensouls, Ladi 6, Julien Dyne and Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle).  

The Slow Ground features four original tracks and three remixes by some of the industry’s best.  The EP opens with Clouds a track whose heavy drum and percussion work appears to be a musical nod to Lucky Paul’s time in Brazil.

Canadian artist Milosh (plugresearch/K7!) provides the moody vocals on the soulful Thought We Were Alone.  His album Meme was ranked #29 in better Propoganda’s 100 albums of the decade and in 2008 he was included in iTunes top ten electronic albums of the year.  Most recently he can be heard on a track for Daedelus’ new EP out on Ninja Tune.

The haunting title track, Slow Ground is both darkness and light.  The tracks sporadic piano and flute-like notes balance the dark choral echoing and stomping bass, giving new meaning to emotional electronica.  Next up is Demon Spawn featuring vocals from Jamie Lidell’s drummer Pegasus Warning, aka Guillermo Brown.  This production is the perfect follow-up, delivering a slow, crawling beat with a slightly off-key mutant funk vocal.

Thought We Were Alone gets the individual remix treatment by Gang Colours, who are hotly tipped as one of 2011’s biggest emerging stars with an album out soon on Giles Peterson’s label, Brownswood Recordings.  Next up labelmate Eliphino takes a swing.  The final remix is the exciting worldwide exclusive by G$ vs Gold.


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