It's apparent immediately after that intro trickles away, because "Spice" is a thrusting throbber that rolls in the same fluid way that other EDLX material from producers like Terence Fixmer does. Dub techno still licks at the edges of his sound, of course, whether it's in the dissolute gasps of melody that percolate in the peripheries of "Spice" or the way that "Writing Wrongs" seems to bury its chord progression in stuttering delay effects and bevelled metal textures. But the theme here is something less concerned with spatiality and texture and more with pure propulsion, a utilitarian techno album with an appropriately utilitarian title.
Don't confuse "utilitarian" with simple or boring, however, because these tracks carry not only a great amount of detail but also a fantastically organic sense of growth and dynamism. It keeps cuts like the ten-minute "Far Out" from getting too tracky or repetitive, squeezing out snares from a churning, trippy vacuum of phased chords and suffocating basslines, and adds a tactile dimension to the churning "In Pursuit" with its spurting chords and searching basslines.
Works also sees Moeller going for the jugular in a way we rarely get to see, and it's a refreshing look. First single "The Wanderer" quakes with industrial anxiety over vicious kicks and saturating hats, while "Off The Grid" feels like a quirkier Marcel Dettmann as a snaking arpeggio winds its way around an apocalyptic bassline. Moeller uses his familiarly melodic elements as brutal bludgeoning instruments. There's something almost defiantly violent about Works, like he's distinctly pissed off about something. It's that particular energy which sets this album apart from the rest of his discography more than anything else. When I interviewed Moeller last year he talked about his own dissatisfaction with the formulaic nature of recent dub techno and expressed a desire to "capture the spirit of dub techno... without the cliches and stereotypical sounds that are making it really bland." That's essentially what he's achieved with Works.