XDB gunks up "Ekatem" with focused synthesizer curls that bobble over dominant, woolen hi-hats. The bass navigates with precision around the other elements, with the melodic resolution before the choruses creating a surge of forward motion that grubby handclaps accentuate. It sounds half-finished but not tossed-off, the plucky bass riff the only constant as you grasp at minute shifts like an elongated reverb tail.
The B-side "Omrish" is a collaborative effort between XDB and Kassem Mosse, and the atmospheric blush brings to mind an old Carl Craig track, only with more furtive inversions. Woodshop tools bite through the double-time kicks, becoming muffled and eventually revived. Synths periodically flash with depth, and their one-note appearances make you want to reach into the speakers and make them gleam even further.