Pollioni's only noticeable difference is that the brothers have pared down their melodic touches. Gone are the lush, jazzy pianos and tense sci-fi pads, and yet the remaining space is used effectively. The lumbering groove in "Night Hustler" gets doused in atonal arps that only enhance its noxious mood; a whisper of melody shifts back and forth throughout "Bias," but is treated like a rhythmic texture to further the groove.
Ilian Tape affiliate Philipp Von Bergmann guests on "Karma Lounge," which is the record's weakest offering despite a set of muted, off-kilter chords that add some variant color. Standout "Neunkeu" does the approach one better when it ties a ravey synth phrase and acid sequence into its heavy percussive fracas. You get the sense that the Zenkers used Pollioni to start chipping away at their tried-and-true techno structures. Based on these results, they still have plenty of room to successfully tinker.