Starting with a lush pad and atmospheric birds, Twelve Step Program bring us this smooth liquid drum and bass number which does not disappoint. There is such grace and soul in this track, that it makes you feel warm and alive while listening to it.

The mix is not aggressive at all and I would say that this is a testament to the producer’s mindset and love of organic sounds. There is a floating character in this track that is continually evolving and pushing the music forward. In more musical ideas, the arpeggiated riff washed in reverb is this floating presence, but knowing where this mood comes from doesn’t alter the tone or the feel of the track.

The drums are smooth and well structured and support the track brilliantly allowing the focus to be left on the impressive musicality within this track. I really look forward to hearing more from Twelve Step Program.

With the release of his latest album, Payan, the Austrian electronic music producer shows us his desire to create music that inspires and puts a smile to the face of the listener. The first track of the most recent release, ‘Tropical Mind’ does this perfectly. With a blend of instruments that would be at home in a dance floor house track, but with more spacing and deliberateness to the development of the track due to the slightly slower tempo.

The tropical sense in the track comes from the higher percussive melodic parts that really have some lovely moments within the performances. There is a beautifully chopped vocal part that dances around giving depth to the track and a personable element that draws you in again.

The mix of the track is great to listen to, with natural dynamics and a really well thought out progression. This leads on to the rest of the album which does not disappoint, drawing on many influences that impact on Payan’s musical direction.