The third in the Melodic housebag range, follwing Howes and Georges Vert. 

The idea of humanising the machine is a relationship that has forever run down the spine of electronic music. From the restrained sexuality of Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder through to the tectonic soul sampling grooves out of Detroit, Paume now makes up the next wave of musicians integrating themselves closer with the machine than ever before. On the verge of releasing his debut 12” on Melodic Records, the 'Transalpine' E.P is an exercise in organic pulses and euphoric intensity yet keeping one hand immersed in the dials and valves of the machine.

Vinyl 12" £7.49 MELO093LP

Ltd 12" EP on Melodic. Edition of 300 copies.

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Transalpine EP by Paume
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8/10 Andrew 3rd August 2014

I bought this, the debut 12inch EP from Paris based producer Paume based on nothing more than the strength of the Georges Vert LP released by Melodic around a year ago. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was not disappointed. Transalpine is the third in the melodic house-bag range (featuring a unique LP sleeve with hexagonal holes) following on from Howes (which I missed and will now need to track down) and the previously mentioned Georges Vert.

All four tracks play with the same theme, meditative shuffling house beats with some lovely textures over the top thatvreally give this quite a mature feel. Transalpine kicks things off nicely, but to be honest I've yet to find a favourite track on the EP. Not to suggest these aren't good tunes, they are, but because they hang together nicely as a set. Further travks, Follies, Juno Beach and finally Love Fifteen Ft. Heidi all drift by like the best summer afternoon's. There is light, sunshine and good vibes, but for some reason there is a slight nagging melancholy undertow. But I quite like that, I suppose this owes a debt to early Air, but that would suggest a pastiche, which I don't think is the case here. There is a little more off kilter programming than on say Moon Safari and a more contemporary sound to this.

It probably won't change your life, but you'll enjoy whiling away 20 minutes with this and you'll want to keep revisiting.

Be quick though as I believe this is Limited to an initial pressing of 300.



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