The Paul Institute delivers releases from HIRA and REINEN, two new artists to join the roster. Early access to stream, download and pre-order on 7” vinyl is at paul.institute, where the shop is open for 24 hours.
These striking debuts comprise the 6th and 7th releases from the Institute and maintain its reputation for supporting new talent, creative musicianship and distinguishing production. The B-sides of the vinyl pressings will feature Instrumental versions.
PAULINST0005S – HIRA – ‘Red Light Drive’
A self-taught artist from London, HIRA is slowly creating a fully immersive world as he seamlessly drifts between producing and writing his music to designing the graphics, artwork and merchandise that comes with it.
‘Red Light Drive’ is a cyberpunk symphony set in that night club in Strange Days. That bass sound is a copper/silver ’99 hayabusa ripping a tunnel and those harmonies are every colour in Cyber City Oedo 808.
PAULINST0006S – REINEN – ‘Masquerade’
Wayward newcomer REINEN cordially invites you to revel in a ballroom time trap, with the bombastic head spinner ‘Masquerade’. A trigonal tale inspired by Red Curtain Cinema & Gothic Romance; REINEN sways and bends the boundaries of theatre, fantasia and soundscape in a combustible marriage of baroque synths, electric operatics and pulsating groove.
This unique alliance with shapeshifter A. K. Paul, bound by a shared passion for new wave and the vanguard storytellers of pop – Annie Lennox, Tears for Fears, Grace Jones to name a few – synchronically dares to immerse and paint scenes of worlds uncharted. R.S.V.P.
Stream / purchase ‘Red Light Drive’: https://paulinstitute.lnk.to/hira
Stream / purchase ‘Masquerade’: https://paulinstitute.lnk.to/reinen