If "(Baby I Don't Know) What You Want" was the high-water mark for early Jacques Greene, then "No Excuse" is the equivalent for his career's latest phase. The intro features melt-in-your-mouth synths and fluid vocals that drift in and out of actual words, as if Greene were channeling the voice through a ouija board. But when the beat finally drops it's a rude shove, grounding the wispy melodies with a formidable low-end thrust and heavy-duty percussion that could have been taken from a shipyard. Putting a powerful new spin on his well-worn (and oft-copied) sound, "No Excuse" proves that Greene has a few tricks left up his sleeve.
The spacious "Time Again (Feel What)" borrows the same aesthetics—big clanging drums against a soft-focus backdrop—but this time it's set in the wide halls of a cathedral, with resplendent organ and pseudo-gospel vocals adding to the pomp. The EP finishes with a throwback moment. "Night Tracking" has a twinkly synth doused in reverb, and a bouncy, whisper-quiet bassline wriggling underneath. Gently propulsive, it recalls Joy Orbison's "So Derobe" and other post-dubstep experiments as it rides into the sunrise.