Most Edit-Select EPs to date have been released on Scott's label of the same name, as well as Ostgut Ton and Len Faki's Figure, among others. Phlox is a neat summation the sounds explored on those records, blending pulsing techno with passages of beatless ambience. Scott flourishes when crafting the sort of gently insistent machine-throb exemplified by "Survivors Of The Pulse," the album's first proper track following the ambient intro of "Blissfully Unaware." Here he spreads warm, thrumming percussion over a bed of dreamy pads and adds gorgeous, sparkling keys, bringing to mind, not for the first time in his career, Speedy J's G Spot. This kind of propulsive ethereality defines the rest of the album's opening half.
The title track and its ambient predecessor, "Phlox Intro," herald a slightly sparser second act characterised by a rougher percussive thump. The beautiful backdrops are still there but more brittle or more submerged-sounding, as with the echoing sonar bleeps on "Downside." Before "The Passing" brings things to a gentle close, we get "Bauer Reprise," a rework of "Bauer," from Faki's Berghain 03 mix in 2009. The track only makes minimal alterations to the original's brew of belly-scraping bass and occasional flashes of light in the murk, but it's a pleasing final cut in any case. The digital edition of the album wraps up with a new version of Scott's single "Asperity," an excellent piece of hurtling techno that feels a bit out of place here. Nevertheless, Phlox is an assured collection from an artist with very little to prove.