A lot of Aquarian sounds like classic Virus Recordings material at 130 BPM—everything is huge and nearly deafening. The drum & bass dynamic is clearest in "Artifact," where sections of bright, airy chords are overrun by passages of stampeding mayhem. It's not quite that simple, though: soon a scribbling acid line comes in, and the whole thing transforms into full-on techno.
"Before I Forget" meshes those opposing impulses better, pairing its lead-footed percussion with the kind of loopy synth you might hear in a Ben Klock track, while "Event Horizon" beats the amen breaks back with gut-punching kick drums. "SOMA" might be the record's best track: careening into freefalls with blaring synths and volleys of breaks like some lost anthem from 1997, it's certainly the hardest. Hearing the amen breaks rip a hole sideways through it is the EP's greatest pleasure. Throwing Snow captures the track's otherwise hidden softer side for his remix, turning the melody into a music box-style lullaby and keeping everything at an eerie calm.