Lisbon's Paraíso takes us on a stroll through deviant rave traditions filtered through the lens of Porto born-and-raised Neal Burroughs. His identity is kept a secret - those in the know will recognise his cinematic productions.
'Dead Soul' is a collection of left-field dance compositions - from immersive emotional cuts that ring like instant classics such as the title track and 'Priceless Bones', both guided by eerie pads and mysterious chord progressions, to tougher cuts like 'Desire' or propulsive sci-fi rollers such as 'Can't' and 'Silver Palace', where vocal cut-ups, digital choruses and sonically sculpted synths create moments of perfect lost-in-the-moment club euphoria.
Things get wonky and verging on the good kind of disorienting on 'Undress' and 'Order', reminding us that experimentation is at the core of the most compelling electronic music. Label founder Shcuro closes with a fast techno edit of 'Order', shifting gears into a relentless, energetic realm.