Mr. Identity more than lives up to the task at hand. "Leave Your Life" is instantly memorable, layering horn samples into a slow-motion fanfare that's propped up by piercing drums, reminding us it's 2013 not 1993. Nevertheless, it carries a classicist streak that belies his novice status. The deeper-than-deep "Ruhephase In D-Moll," a collaboration with fellow German Mechanical Soul Brother, could fit comfortably in a Fred P set, with its sustained chords that slowly shape-shift in the background. But there's a heavy bass-weight that keeps it from drifting away—it's a testament to his careful mixing that the anvil kicks don't drown out all the subtlety around them.
"Step Out" is an assemblage of clichéd trappings, on the other hand, from the soulful Rhodes-ish chords to the distant vocal samples. A sudden turn to techno is the antidote, with the steely, pounding "Painted Clouds." It wouldn't be Borrowed Identity without a lightness of touch: the tune has a slippery phased chord that is irresistibly silky in his hands.