The Paul Institute has gone ‘live’ (whatever that even means by this point). Elusive and enormously influential brothers Jai and Anup (A.K) Paul announced the launch of their secretive organisation with the release of A.K Paul’s solo debut Landcruisin’ last year.
It was a retrofuturist pop dream that reframed the synth-funk of the 80s through a contemporary RnB lens, and the Institute has just released two tracks that could be described in the same terms. This time, however, by two artists who aren’t members of the Paul family.
Fabiana Palladino’s ‘Mystery’ is somehow evocative of Hans Zimmer, Angelo Badalamenti and Madonna simultaneously, its glorious synths and rolling orchestral percussion laying the groundwork for the crowning feature: Palladino’s rich and shimmering vocals.
Alongside is Ruthven’s ‘Evil’. It’s undoubtedly more reminiscent of the Paul brothers’ musical output than Palladino’s track, yet it wouldn’t be right to compare any of this work. Evil sounds like Michael Jackson in a shipping container. It bangs.