"Transpiration," the A-side of I:Cube's newest EP for the venerable Paris label Versatile (which has released nearly all of his work), sounds like it was an idea before it was a track: What if you cut the filtered hi-hats and grainy percussion and thick kick drum of a regular contemporary French house track with an all-thumbs synth riff and swooning air-raid siren straight out of Belgium, circa 1992? The two traditions don't have a ton in common other than adjacent geography, but damn if Chaix doesn't make the combination sound utterly natural—especially when he brings in a counter-riff on a synth that's more fluid and aggressively computer-like, evoking the early '90s Detroit-Berlin axis on top of everything else.
Or just feel free to ignore all that history and enjoy "Transpiration" as a pure peak-time monster, whatever your (or its) affiliation(s). That doesn't apply to Lucifer en Discothèque's other two cuts, the messy cosmic synth-run title track and the playfully squiggly "Jah Menta." The A-side is an A-side for a reason.