Comparisons to artists like Shed are obvious. You'll hear it in the way the drums pound and rumble, the way the sharp percussion glints just enough to stand out from the subterranean murk and the way retro rave stabs act as subtle hooks. Li has essentially turned in ten variations on a Berlin techno theme, but Under The Same Sky is compelling nonetheless. "The Rift Between" has drum programming so punchy no one could fault it. "Until The End Comes" is so cavernous it's sure to fill vast warehouses, and "Restless In Thought" is smeared with synths and flashed with melody in a way that recalls prime-era Carl Craig.
While the tempo rarely shifts throughout Li's second album, the mood does. He can do sombre finality (as per the title track), brutal, over-compressed physicality ("Fate In Hand") and nerve twitching, high-pressure urgency ("Unwavered") with equal skill. The result is an album that leaves little room for boredom. Under The Same Sky might not be the most original or ambitious album you will hear this year, but it's arresting, it moves quickly and it never looks back.