‘Strange Rabbits’ is a bittersweet kiss to chill-out room jungle and ambient techno by James Donadio [Prostitutes] under the StabUdown Productions — a nod to his own label, which first brought him to underground acclaim via his debut ‘Psychedelic Black’ LP at the start of the decade.Encouraged to write more melodic music for the crack of it by Powell, Jimmy has drawn from his record-buying habit for early jungle and ambient techno to produce an unusually affected batch primed for the kind of back-room/chillout room sessions which were once so common in clubs, and have now morphed into the ‘back to mine’ domestic rave soundtracks of the modern era.Strange Rabbits taps into the wonder and sensuality of dance music’s beta stream, refracting 80’s NYC freestyle and European electronics via the prism of early jungle. Its ten trax reveal Donadio’s tender underbelly — like the perfect dab of Mandy — resulting in a psychedelically sensuous, slinky and driven album characteristic of the direct sincerity and allusive impressionism always been at the heart of his work. Rarely, though, has his music felt so effusive.Hypnotic highlights such as ‘Wizard Upholstery’ and ‘Teenage Scream Dreamer’ recall Stakker prototypes, while ‘Pool Jumper’ and the cubist-electro of ‘Warm Woods’ shimmer like dubbed out B-sides on West End or Emergency records. There are yoghurt-weaving Goa trance sensations in ‘Lean Brute’, and slow-burn anthemic rushes in ‘Totally Coral Reef’ and ‘Koln Alone’. The effect borders on a hair-kissing, head-massage-inducing tribal vibe — something that’s perhaps found less and less on contemporary ‘floors, despite its pivotal influence on the direction of so much early techno/trance/new-beat.Strange Rabbits could also be compared with contemporary music from NWAQ and DJ Sprinkles, Herbert and Not Waving, and ultimately amounts to a lush new horizon for Donadio — the most diverse, techno-spirited and pop-friendly work in his increasingly singular catalogue.