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Boomkat Product Review:
Mike Paradinas combines 2013's vinyl-only 'XTEP' and 'Rediffusion' EPs plus a new bonus track, 'Forger' in the 'XTLP' for 2015. 'XTEP' is flush with the sort of nostalgic melody, rave romance and charm that endeared him to so many in the first place. It's an unashamed return to his roots, from the bubbling pastoral melody and proggy chimes of 'XT' to the happy-as-larry piano house of 'Ritm' and 'Pulsar''s nEuro-electro futurism, while the footwork-style drum flux and swooning, emotional melody of 'Monj2' and the bluer swing of 'New Bimple' concede to current trends but not at the expense of his integrity. The 'Rediffusion' tracks are a sweet exercise in melodic nostalgia filtered thru modern rhythm prisms, starting up with the utopian, footwork-infected junglism 'Taxi Sadness' before investigating slower tempos in the following five cuts thru the airborne waltzer 'Rimmy' and Kuedo-esque dry drum programming of 'Blem' to the collapsing sci-fi structures of 'Smeester' and the eerie, Library-style themes of 'Tambor'. As always, that blend of naif insouciance and eldritch oddness hits the spot like the few others.