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Monday, Jun 14 2010 | 12:29 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

An inventive showcase of what”s possible when armed with just a sampler, a few studio toys and a fertile imagination, “Paul White & The Purple Brain” is the intriguing sophomore album from South London producer Paul White.

A collaboration of sorts, the entire record is based around and inspired by the work of little-known Swedish psych-rock guru S.T. Mikael. Heavy on Eastern influences and otherworldly concerns, Mikael’s music ranges from searing electric guitar-led dirges to dreamlike ballads to ghostly atmospheric experiments – sometimes all within the same song. The strange and wonderful home recordings of this cult hero have been issued in tiny quantities since the 1990s on the Subliminal Sounds label.

Having been granted access to S.T. Mikael’s back catalogue, Paul White found a unique source of inspiration and challenged himself to create an album using the Swedish multi-instrumentalist’s work as the sole basis for his output. The result is “Paul White & The Purple Brain” – a remarkably diverse album that defies easy categorisation. “Marshen Signals” brings to mind the brooding atmospherics and jeep-rattling bass of mid-90s D.I.T.C. productions, whilst “Alone Again” nods to the pioneers of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Sitar-led tracks such as “Prid” share common ground with the likes of ’60s English psych band July and “My Guitar Whales” – the first single to be taken from the album – could be a classic rap banger remixed for a Hungarian fairground.

Praised as someone who “embodies all that is good about a new generation of producers” (Dazed & Confused), Paul White has won over fans of left-leaning sounds and interesting hip hop, including Diplo, Mary Anne Hobbs, Benji B and Gilles Peterson. His 2009 debut album “The Strange Dreams Of Paul White” introduced a hip hop producer with a deft touch, a quirky sense of humour and a refreshing lack of regard for the conventions of the genre. There was also something very British about his avoidance of the traditional soul, jazz and funk sample sources of his hip hop forebears in favour of prog and psychedelic rock, reggae and the abandoned vinyl of English charity shops. Paul’s playfulness and world-class production chops are also evident throughout his “Sounds From The Skylight” beat tape, which rounded off an impressive 2009.

Whilst Paul White’s previous transmissions have come through fledgling indie label One-Handed Music, “Paul White & The Purple Brain” will be co-released by both One-Handed and Los Angeles-based Now-Again Records, sister label to mighty Stones Throw Records.


01. Crazy Science Intro
02. Gentle Freak
03. Pride
04. Fire Soul
05. Ancient Treasure
06. Marshen Signals
07. Bom Bom
08. Come Back
09. Dance Scene
10. Music Trip Interlude
11. Fly With Me
12. Body Spirals Pt.II
13. Alone Again
14. Promises
15. Mushroom Forest
16. My Guitar Whales
17. Organ Therapy
18. Comedy Hour
19. Mind The World
20. Purple Brain Interlude
21. Let It Out
22. Bingo
23. Ride With Me
24. Every Breath
25. Professional Criminals

The album Paul WhitePaul White And The Purple Brain” (Now-Again Records) has been released June 11, 2010.

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