U Know Warsoul is more than just a handful of cherry-picked tracks—each one was made specifically for the compilation. This is most apparent on Archeo's "Warsoul," a beautiful and heartfelt cross-crew tribute with direct (but sometimes clumsy) lyrics that embody the respect and creativity of the Warsaw community. It's an intriguing blend of textures—almost like slowed-down skwee, with its staggering piano and stuttering drums—and the vocal performance is fantastic, a far cry from the amateur soul of so much dance music. Trading English for Polish, Envee's "Kali" feels no less emotional, even if you can't understand the lyrics. This one's a storming dub track with well-placed bass wobbles and tasteful trumpet playing. Along with the ultra hi-fi production values, the free-floating piano breakdown and soaring vocals seal the deal.
Teielte & Sonar Soul's "Saturn," a rattling instrumental with drill and bass-influenced percussion, is another tribute to Warsoul from U Know Me—think trap but with quieter drum sounds. Adorned with strings and electric keys, it's another slice of dazzling and lifelike electronic music that comes together beautifully. Only "Sweet Slang" falls short of the mark. It's a rather safe attempt at hip-hop, with goofy lyrics and an all-too-familiar backing track that recalls early Flying Lotus. A brave and mostly successful move for Pets, the biggest problem with the U Know Warsoul EP is that it's not a full-length compilation.