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A.K. Paul - Landcruisin

A.K. Paul’s first steps are fittingly future-facing.

There aren’t many musical bloodlines like that of the Paul brothers. With little effort and even less output, Jai and A.K. Paul quickly built up the kind of mystique thousands of bedroom producers and their pricey publicists would kill for. Turning heads earlier this week with the arrival of the Paul Institute, their latest moves seem to suggest the pair are finally building on that foundation of hype and hyperbole. Roaring ahead from the get-go, the motorbike engine that signals ‘Landcruisin”s arrival is the perfect opening salvo. From there on out, it’s top speed, glitching electronics that drag everything along. Backed by skyscraping swells of bass, it comes off like Hans Zimmer chucking his Inception soundtrack through a blender, A.K. lending his yearning vocal to give a human edge to all the razor-edged sound. Merging pristine, science-fiction synth with a darker, film-noir edge, A.K. Paul’s first steps are fittingly future-facing. It might not be the world-changing musical re-invention some have been waiting for, but as we wait for more audio alumni to tumble out of the Institute, that word-of-mouth blog buzz is only going to swell. As ever, it’s all eyes on Jai.

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