Both producers bathe stark, hardware-focused sounds in reverb, adding a layer of emotional depth to what are otherwise straightforward house tracks. With deeply sighing pads, White's "Grey Bishop" puts a spacey spin on a Soul People Music-style groover, while "No No No" is built with bleary chords that sound like someone absent-mindedly daubing paint onto a canvas. Both tunes are casual and smooth, gliding through the bars rather than locking into a 4/4 grid.
White's tracks tend to roll right by, but Khotin's are hefty and precise. "Sorry Sequence" is the standout of the EP, methodically piling on melodies—notably, a clever acid line that uses the 303's gleaming resonance for a pretty effect—over its steady march. "AT07" sweetens the record with some bobbing hand percussion. Whether we're talking White's atmospheric touches or Khotin's deft hooks, NRML017 gives you a pretty good idea of what the Edmonton scene, and the label at the heart of it, is all about: orthodox house and techno with a personal, often evocative touch.