- Massimiliano Pagliara, a long-time regular of Live At Robert Johnson, released his only record of 2015 with Dresden label Uncanny Valley. Connection Lost Pt. 1 is nothing out of the ordinary for the Berlin resident, though, consisting of four synthy, disco-minded house tracks that go big on melody. There's plenty of fun to be had with "Connection Lost" and its dense, propulsive expanse, or the cosmic disco-funk of "I Enjoy Myself While I Am Here," even if they feel a bit glib.
With all the galactic motifs crammed into the EP, "I Am Running All My Drum Machines At Once And Dancing" is the most refreshing. That lively workout offers just the kind of percussive flurry you'd imagine, making for a total dance floor blast that knows precisely when to let the mayhem ebb and flow. Pagliara sneaks in similar drum-fueled moments on "Enjoy Myself" and "Connection Lost," but none with the lack of restraint that makes "Drum Machines" work so well. And if spontaneity is what gives Connection Lost Pt. 1 a needed edge, "Don't Give Up On Love" is the dullest offering. Singer Sigrid Elliott graces the song with a cool mix of spoken words and soulful verses, though her casual demeanor mismatches the lofty aspirations of Pagliara's vintage space-disco production. It's charming enough in an early 2000s Lindstrøm kind of way, but fails to evoke the same dance floor energy or pop-minded scope.
A1 Connection Lost
A2 I Am Running All My Drum Machines At Once And Dancing
B1 Don’t Give Up On Love (feat. Sigrid Elliot)
B2 I Enjoy Myself While I Am Here