In advance of the release of Dapayk & Padbergs third full-length Sweet Nothings this time round on Stil vor Talent the experienced duo are teasing us with the Fluffy Cloud EP, which showcases three of the albums many diverse highlights, while keeping the vinyl lovers happy.
The A-side bears the LPs title track Sweet Nothings, on which Dapayk & Padbergs sound takes a turn as they come knocking with a deep but forceful groover, whose distorted high-hats and trancey synth stabs create a vibe both euphoric and weirdly subdued. The lyrics, moreover, emphasise the duality at the core of many Dapayk & Padberg tracks as the latter ponders youre good for me youre bad for me.
Showing another of the duos many facets, Backyard enchants thanks to mystical lyrics sung beautifully over a deep quasi-dubstep structure. Marking the EPs mid-point, the atmospheric song shines through intricately crafted fragility and is the perfect contrast to the previous and following track, while leaving a strong desire for more stuck in the listeners mind.
On the B-side, Fluffy Clouds does quite the opposite to what its title suggests rather than being a soft little piece, we are treated to big-room techno fodder à la Berghain. A skeletal framework of heavy kicks, dark pads, white noise and dense metallics works relentlessly underneath a cold spoken word, proclaiming not human, not animal just a body in motion. Machine funk par excellence.