Sought-after '90s techno, "ethically" reissued by Nathan Micay.
You can hear why the original EP might have excited DJs in the digger community. It brings to the table a few different sounds—electro, breakbeats, tech house, a little trance—that have been popular in recent years. Palmquist, a Canadian artist who also released music as Chameleon and performed live at leading Toronto venues, wrote these tracks in the mid-'90s when these styles were still relatively fresh. Indeed, there's a lovely sense of naivety here that you also find in plenty of classic music from this time period, a kind of shock-of-the-new zeitgeist that'll never be recaptured. "Beautiful" and the Chameleon remix of "House People" are pure '90s house bumpers, the former more bold and melody-driven, the latter more rhythm- and bass-focussed. The sense of minimalism on "House People," particularly in the middle when the arrangement grows sparse and the sub-bass groans, is especially gratifying. "Dreamtime," which also features in an updated 2019 version, is a broken-beat number with spacey theatricality at its core. Its climax is a shower of E-friendly pads, percussion and synth tones, making it a track for squinted eye contact and knowing smiles on a dance floor.