That signature sound—"A certain roughness combined with audiophile accuracy," Freund told Beatport last year – is so monumental it makes even rudimentary tracks (the brooding "Fast Null," the trippy "Heartbeat"), sound unreasonably exciting. Its sheer scale, however, is ultimately less important than its close, idiosyncratic detail. That is what makes Freund's music satisfying at home and likely to make your heart burst on the dance floor. On that front, the martial "Ya Po," with its endless, ecstatic arps, is a ready-made Berghain classic.
The foregrounding of twinkly, arpeggiated synth lines is more pronounced than on Leaning Over Backwards (check the gorgeous "He Said" or the Tangerine Dream-esque "Entire," a collaboration with nsi. partner Max Loderbauer), but otherwise it's business as unusual for Freund, who spends the album embedding his traditional techno with quirky details. The rock drums that drive the twisted leftfield funk of "If" are one obvious example. The terrific "Instant"—a simple, squelchy acid track—is lifted by delicate bleeps and ripples, and the kind of clipped, disembodied vocal sample that Freund often uses, brilliantly, to layer-in texture, atmosphere and rhythmic urgency. That's Freund for you: a supreme techno stylist.