Maybe that's just the romantic modernist in me coming through, though. Techno has played a part in Untold's explorations before: 2010's "Stereo Freeze" for R&S saw Dunning sculpt angry, gloopy, buzzing beasts in the image of the label's early '90s output. This latest run of singles, however, feels like the product of a far more involved engagement with techno. With Change in a Dynamic Environment EP 1, released back in April, the producer stretched things out almost to breaking point, relying on hypnotic, dehumanising plateaus of energy rather than vertiginous impact; the exquisite agony of the slow build in place of the shock-and-awe immediacy of, say, 2009's "Anaconda."
EP 2 ploughs a similar furrow: simultaneously very familiar in its deployment of the conventions of peak time techno and yet fascinatingly unusual in a way you can't quite place. "Caslon" is mostly kick drums, each one rolling the length of some cavernous warehouse space before falling into the arms of its successor. A surprisingly barefaced melodic line supplies the narrative, gradually consumed by squalls of synthetic detail that rise and fall unendingly. "Breathe" is crisper, more reserved, dawn light peeking tentatively through poorly-covered windows. That doesn't mean the climax is any less confrontational, though—bursts of scuttling hi-hats throw your feet off balance, while serene pads eventually become volatile, rearing up to saturate the mix.