"Transition" begins in the middle of a gallop, but its strides are swathed in fog, the kick drum lost in a cloud of what sounds like field recordings. The detuned chime melodies only add to the uneasy atmosphere, tones that sound like they could melt into thin air at any moment. Things recollect slightly for "Relay," layered thick with bells like one of Luke Slater's madder moments, before dissipating into gaseous ambient drones for "Approaching."
The other two tracks on the flipside are generally more of the same—"Escape" centres the delirium a bit with softly-textured pads and "Population One" throws tinkling ivories on top of a rumbling beat buried underneath six feet of concrete—which is to say, marginally functional techno with fascinating textural interplay. The Return is an unconventional comeback, but maybe not for a producer who seems to avoid convention at every turn.