On "The Fade," the Bristol duo builds layers of skipping garage percussion, quaking synth stabs, cut-up vocals and a bassline that loops between the lot. "Need You" finds Outboxx favouring subtle old school signifiers—cotton-soft pads and increasingly intricate bass are joined by synth horns in a contemporary, bass-driven twist on MAW-style emotional house.
If the squelchy analogue keys at the start of "Rikki's Groove" suggest we're about to wander down a similar path, it's a notion soon exploded by an attack of jazz-funk synths, nu-disco trills and fattened beats. Yet what sets Outboxx apart from their peers is their songcraft, evinced by "Letting Go." It's electronic soul—albeit informed by house—with twinkling Rhodes, congas, pitched-down grooves and Naomi Jeremy's treacly voice. Right back to the days of The Wild Bunch, Bristol has been synonymous with music that pursues an underground, urban-leaning agenda. This EP confirms Outboxx as fully-formed members of that lineage.