You might not initially recognize Matsell's signature on his new EP for Kornél Kovács, Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist's Studio Barnhus label. Somewhere along the way he's discovered jacking house grooves, and he digs into them with gusto on "The Unmaker" and "Mind vs. Mind," with overdriven 909s grinding like steel against whetstone. Lashed with staccato vocal samples and chord stabs, "The Unmaker" is a big, big track, a little bit Tensnake and a little bit Talabot, but blunter and heavier, unapologetic in its pursuit of the peak-time rush. "Mind vs. Mind" tips back towards the Border Community end of the spectrum, with chiming, heavily swung synth arpeggios put through their paces, giddy and a little deranged.
With a slightly more techno-oriented groove, "Ultra Vivid Parse" is even heavier than "The Unmaker." There's almost a hint of country hoe-down in the pitch-bent synth leads, and it all moves with a sticky, frenzied energy, like a drunk dancing in quicksand. Not an easy track to slot in a set, perhaps, but I can only imagine the ecstatic mayhem that would ensue. Finally, "Pyramideleven" reconnects with Matsell's roots with a pulsing agglomeration of arpeggios and gooey drones that wouldn't sound out of place on an Emeralds cassette.