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Friday, Dec 13 2013 | 00:29
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The next time you have some friends over for dinner and they’re asking: “Hey,
what’s this great sound playing? Let’s go out and party!”, in many places the
answer probably is: “That’s the new one by Paskal & Urban Absolutes”. The
blank faces of your circle of friends can be encountered best with: “It’s those two
guys that were signed by Alex Barck for Sonar Kollektiv about two years ago.
They are resident DJs at their label nights by now. And even though one of
them, Alexander, lives in Berlin and the other one, Adrian lives in Dusseldorf
both make music together. They fly and drive back and forth and that’s how this
fabulous album came into being.” Then you may want to rewind the record to it’s
beginning and play it from scratch.

The opening track “Take The Fall” indicates nicely which direction the journey
with Paskal & Urban Absolutes will take: The sugar sweet, soothing voice of
Pete Josef from Bristol (one half of The White Lamp) bids you welcome in a
very charming way and the production implies lasciviously that we're standing on
the stairway to clubland. Already with the next track “Here Again” we are in the
middle of the eye of the storm. Paul Randolph (the official singer of the
Jazzanova live band) purifies a true dancefloor banger, that – and this is the
big stunt – also works just as well at home.

For “White Walls” and “Flieg Los” Alexa Voss of Neve Naive wrote some
super catchy lyrics and lends her vocals to the two poppiest songs of the
whole album. An album which is rich in pop appeal but never concealing its
strong affinity for dance music – as in house, techno and even boogie.

Take for instance “Hold Your Head Up” (featuring Kasar), a mysterious hybrid
best described imagining the Pet Shop Boys doing deep house together with Hot
Chip. Or “The Way”, where we are delighted by the tonsils of Desney Bailey
and an arrangement so eager for the bassline that it evokes nothing but smiling
faces and the urge to shake your body. Catchiness, positivism and euphoria (the
name of one track by the way) – these are the catchphrases that come to mind
when listening to this truly mesmerizing debut by one of the most promising new
acts in a scene not to be defined by any genre.
When second-last track, “Melancholia”, kicks in it's like the end of the best
holidays of your life. A perfect Balearic bliss with memories of sitting at the sea,
listening to a distant guitar and waving goodbye to a setting golden sun. So long,
my friends.

This album will impress you and your future guests with awe for months to
come. Rest assured.

01. Take The Fall feat. Pete Josef
02. Here Again feat. Paul Randolph
03. White Walls feat. Neve
04. Hold You Head Up feat. Kasar
05. Euphoria
06. The Way feat. Desney Bailey
07. Lux
08. Bits Of Me feat. Pete Josef
09. Gloom
10. Melancholia
11. Flieg Los feat. Neve Available from 22.11.2013
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