Lucky Paul has wandered the globe for several years, as the touring drummer for songstress Feist and with his own pursuits, which have taken the native New Zealander to India, Brazil, and Korea, through a spell of busking on the streets of Berlin, to his to current base in Los Angeles. His music is similarly difficult to pin down, taking in instrumental hip hop, woozy R&B and electronica, all with complicated rhythmic patterns.
His debut from last year, Slow Ground, featured synth slowjam ”Thought We Were Alone,” which was notably remixed by Gadi/Baby Prince of Wolf + Lamb fame and Soul Clap’s Eli Gold. Although a Greg Paulus remix of “Elephant Island” has been kicking around since late last year, as released on the Wolf + Lamb label, this new EP is the first opportunity to hear the melancholic original. “Elephant Island” ventures even further into the realm of leftfield electronic pop with vocals by Mara TK, and the accompanying video features vintage film footage of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s fated Antarctic voyage upon the Endurance.
Elephant Island can be purchased on Beatport from February 12, but if you simply can’t wait, the whole EP, including a mind-bending remix by Ossie and a gentler rework Midland, can be streamed below in full.