"Ridge City," which will be on the LP, is the most curious, stringing hyperactive percussion over a thick synth pummeled by low-end. The closest analogue would be DJ Rashad's newer material, but Rathbun has a sci-fi tinge, more Boards Of Canada than it is hip-hop. Dipping into the grimy waters that seem to be washing over the bass music world this year, "Drone Circle" has percussion somewhere between Clipse and Wiley—but the clipped vocal phrases and streaks of acid are unmistakably Distal.
Flip over the record and "106 Degrees" almost sounds like something on Hypercolour, with its zig-zagging bassline. Rathbun dresses up the background with more pretty synths and squelchy textures, but despite being a fine house tune, it lacks the pizzazz of the more experimental A-side. Consisting mostly of slap bass and some dislocated snares, the trippy ".25 Automatic" suffers from the same problem. It's like a canvas for Rathbun to spray with various percussion sounds and strange effects, an odd listen that never quite takes off.