Boomkat Product Review:
London’s cult minimalist dancehall/R&B wunderkind casts a spellbinding debut album for Mixpak primed for summer.
Palmistry finally arrives at Pagan from a select string of singles and mixes for Lorenzo Senni’s Presto!? and DIS Magazine, which, along with his best work reserved for Mixpak and production for HIT’s Triad God album and a Sunless 97 hook-up, have all firmly established him as one of the canniest, cutest operators working between current JA and ATL styles, vaporous trends and ultra-modern dance/pop music.
Comparisons can clearly be made with the music of Elysia Crampton (f.k.a. E+E), Uli K or Lorenzo Senni, yet Palmistry’s economy of production, tending to use only two or three sounds and his own vocals, coupled with a envious ear for memorable and sweetly feminine hooks, have placed him in his very own niche.
These are the kind of tunes you’ll catch yourself humming along to outta nowhere; when picking up a can of Rubicon at the corner shop or waiting for a bus you’ll find yourself swaying along, head down, arms up until the guy in front says chill, sister. Trust, it happens.
Previous single, Club Aso leads the album, giving way to 12 succinct songs of sincerely aching emotions and mercurial hooks whose synthetic sweetness is reinforced by super-efficient, pointillist repetition and, for the most, perfectly contrasted by the close mic intimacy of his vocals.
We hardly need to spell it out for you tho, Pagan is an instant winner.