By now Gardner's hallmarks are familiar: exquisite samples, stifled melodies, that thin layer of distortion. All of these appear on X, mapped to some of Gardner's most slamming beats. The A1 is a total club weapon, with muffled house keys and jittery vocals riding bumpily over gritty kicks and a storm-cloud bassline. The A2 packs as much punch and a pinch more soul, sounding like a classic-era Masters At Work track played from inside a paper bag. Gardner's deft manipulation and sensuous tones make it the best track here.
After such a hazy unfolding, the crispness of the B1's kicks come as a shock, though it's not long before quivering pads and a distant female voice help restore that crackly feel. And as for the B2, here we see Gardner push his style to its limits. A feel-good disco loop runs beneath a smog of distortion so thick it'll have you reaching to adjust your mixer. For some it'll be too much, but you can't help but feel like that's the point.