Paris player Le Loup and Pura launch their new label Shadow Play with a four-track collection of avant-garde house music delivered boxfresh from the studio. As a solo artist, and one half of Hold Youth, Le Loup has cultivated a nuanced sound that is steeped in soulful jazzy influences, with a nod to the future and plenty of soul. On this first EP we’re presented with a showcase of this sound, and a hint at what’s to come on the brand new label. To get things rolling we have the very first track ‘The Ancient Ways’, which is quite laid back and minimal in its composition. There’s breathing space for the beats and bass, with an eerie atmosphere pervading throughout. ‘Ygam’ is next up with a wobbly bassline, cosmic death rays and sinister effects lurking in the background - it feels like the soundtrack to a deep space thriller. On the B-side things get ravey with ‘Acid Surface’. Retro breakbeats and stuttered toms support a dangerously alluring symphony of effects and pads. At the heart of the track is a deep subby bassline, transmitting an ancient, yet cosmic vibe.