The beatmaker branches out on expansive 11-track EP.
“They can’t tell me nothing. I don’t follow no rules.” Paper Diamond’s bouncy single “They Can’t Tell Me Nothing” centers around that line, but the phrase is also an apt description of the producer/DJ’s approach to his new EP, “Paragon,” which you can hear exclusively through CODE below. It will be available for free download it for via the artist’s website starting tomorrow (April 23).
With the striking “Paragon,” the Colorado-based beatmaker (born Alex Botwin) has created a cohesive work out of disparate sounds, resisting modern EDM’s genre taxonomy. The EP is rooted in the bass-heavy, dubstep-driven sound that earned him legions of fans as part of Pretty Lights’ camp. But a sense of fearlessness permeates its 11 tracks, with no sound or sample off-limits.