Though Auden sticks mostly to the label's current techno formula—all thumping kicks and room-filling synths—closer "Tension" looks back a few years with a loping two-step beat and chest-rattling subs that could come from a Triangulation offcut. The track showcases Auden's knack for dread-laced atmospheres, similarly deployed on beatless opener "Trip To Fade" in a miasma of pitch-shifted vocals and descending chords. But for all its tension, this is an oddly sketch-like way to open a debut release. It's begging for a kick and another four minutes to unfurl.
Though Auden excels at texture, he/she lacks some pizazz when working a floor. The stronger of the 4/4 pair, "Whispers," wiggles a muted 303 through equally dampened piano chords, but "Flux" is stabs-and-kicks fodder that feels like it's been built from a template. Whoever Auden is, they should embrace the opportunity to be more adventurous that comes with being an anonymous artist.