Though Dave Clarke shows up as one of two remixers on Birth Right, the EP draws more from early Surgeon (traces of Pet 2000's horror chords are in "Promised"'s dialled-back rhythm) and modern British techno—particularly Alan Fitzpatrick's crisp, nimble pulse. Fitzpatrick is an associate of Gurd's, and there's an agility to Birth Right that evokes their previous collaborations.
With the exception of the crunchy hi-hats and thick, churning chords in "Tomorrow Is," Birth Right's originals are best suited for a night's early hours. "Promised" and "To No One," a track sprinkled with crackling ambient noise and Carl Craig-ish tones, both excel there. Clarke's fist-swinging remix of "Promised" is wrapped in caustic acid lines and spun into a customarily peak-time tool, but I found the Ancestral Voices version of "To No One" more compelling. A hissing hybrid of Cut Hands and Shackleton, with needling modular noise and slow-march polyrhythms, the remix is awash in synths that blow like icy winds across Liam Blackburn's battered surfaces.