It's easy to take such polemic with a grain of salt, but Mutant Beat Dance back it up with two tracks that manage to be classic without veering into cliché. "Another World" is a creepy, methodical descent into the land of jak, with snapping 808s that feel slower than the track's 120 BPM tempo and a purring refrain, shrouded in reverb: "This beat will make you move." It's the details that tip it into, well, another world, like the way queasy keyboards slither over a muted, two-note bassline, itself a perfect reduction of funk to a single robo-gesture. Stealthily paced, the track is a masterpiece of economy, but it still leaves room for surprising tangents, like the gentle synthesizer melody that emerges towards the end, suffused in birdsong, suggesting sunrise over the burned-out city.
"New News Is Old News" is slower and murkier, with a rolling, stepping cadence that feels like treading thin air. Dueling basslines keep the track's tonal center a moving target while dissonant counterpoints add to the air of unease, and it's topped off with a keening, vocal-like lead that could give even Ligeti the shivers. Nearly 12 minutes long, it makes every bar count, a carefully controlled smolder from beginning to end.