Still, this isn't quite a club-friendly EP. As the title would suggest, Never Sleep is apparently the product of a chronic lack of shuteye: an insomniac's love letter to UK club music that thrives on subtle rhythmic instability and unconventional structuring. "Lose It," in collaboration with Lessons and singer Heidi Vogel, is punchy from the off, its squat bassline sparring with a gnarled kick in fine techno fashion. But Vogel's spoken refrain is cold and tremulous, while layers of twitchy hi-end seem designed to unsettle. Ode to a dance floor epiphany it may be, but friendly it ain't.
Elsewhere, "Into"'s icy bassline could have been borrowed from the Midlands' jackin' scene, but it's slathered with sun-bleached atmospherics until dance floor aggression is only a distant memory. "Drugs," meanwhile, lives up to its name, the unsteady fluctuation between menace and jittery euphoria is like being in the thick of the club on sub-par substances, grappling with a mounting sense of alienation. It's all pleasing enough, but Actress' remix of "Lose It" shows how much more can be done with less. We're all familiar with the formula—cryptic, mirage-like loop-techno that rolls on into infinity—but that doesn't make it any less beguiling.