Debut album of left-field dance-trance-hall pop from Palmistry for Dre Skull's hotly tipped NYC street sounds label Mixpak Records. Palmistry has been circulating on our radar for a while now, having had our minds blown by the low-motion subtle pop flow of Vapore from the Lil Gem 12" that dropped on Lorenzo Senni's Presto!? imprint back in 2014, we have been hungry for a long player for a while now and PAGAN goes all the way to distilling influence from neon-bubblegum, new-wave trance and digi-dancehall to produce an outcome that will be sure to fire Palmistry into the same leagues as the PC Music crew, D∆wn Richards and label mate Gaika.
Much like Gaika's recent mixtape/mixpak drop, PAGAN is a sound emerging from the streets, but not in a violent dystopian way, more a living super large positive vibes stance that we feel is a crucial counter point to the endless urban records composed around Rufige (no bad thing by any means but its good to have balance). It's a bittersweet affair, where melancholic undertones line up next to euphoric breakdowns as found on Great Shall Be Your Peace which could be Strict Face's Alice edit at the wrong speed or Lifted which perfectly walks the bridge between something you could hear an adventurous DJ drop at FWD whilst sounding just as good on your iPhone on the hung over next morning dull drag to work.
Whilst it won't be to everyone's taste at first glimpse, if you let it, PAGAN will really seduce you in with its smoothed out vocals and slick production and to be honest parts are not a million miles off from some of DJ Fett Burger's Freakout Cult material or Evian Christ's more peacetime trance war gear. Palmistry is continuing in the lineage of underground sounds going overground for the masses with cross over's that stem from artists like SL2 with On A Ragga Tip to Pay As U Go Cartel's Champagne Dance. Producing an LP of club sounds in a radically different way to most others and proving that sometimes moving between the gap of cult cool and more mainstream appeal can be done with style and substance that while strictly for the underground shows that we can do it just as good as anyone on one of the major's. Widescreen digi-pop for warped 2016 clubs.