When Portuguese vocalist Abrão monologues over the jabbing bassline in "Waiting For A Surprise," the tone is halfway between pillow talk and a persuasive salesman. His voice moves smoothly around the beat, but after a minute or so it stiffens into a robotic delivery. Abrão's quiet seduction is made to sound like a faulty automated PA, but it's a neat trick: the malfunction acts like a crossfader, layering extra blocks of rhythm and melody onto Red Axes' simple, hypnotic track.
"Hope" sounds like a warning as well, but one crafted from the pieces of easygoing house. Its idiophone arpeggios and cascading steel drums are dizzying, and a ghostly wail underscores the nightmarish atmosphere. It twists out some of the tension nearly four minutes in, sluicing the adrenaline with cowbells and a low-end pulse. At around 100 BPM, "The Metal Bender" is a comparative crawl, and sails on gentle electric guitar swells and cooing synth melodies. There's a variation of the screaming vocal from "Hope" buried deeper in the mix, which is emblematic of the darkness across Waiting For A Surprise.