The EP's most club-ready moment comes early: opener "Prepgav I" is techno, only it's made of what sounds like the sour thwacks and clonks of a prepared piano. At first the effect is similar to Aphex Twin's Computer Controlled Electronic Instruments pt2, but Chaix builds a muscular momentum of his own. "Ou Allieurs" might be DJ-able, too, though its electro beat is kept in careful suspense, leaving the stage open for a chorus of saxophones.
The pungent mood of these tracks has been present in Chaix's discography for a while, but VER105's increasingly drum-less compositions show it in a new light. On "Prepgav II," percussion tolls portentously under thick droning textures. The combination might be familiar from a hundred vogueish goth-ambient releases, but I:Cube's version navigates so many subtle shades of dark and light that it enters into its own class. "Sequence III" is a roomful of woodwinds producing gleaming, slow-moving chords, and "A Walk With You" is a bleary-eyed piano ballad. Even by the standards of this head-turning EP, the latter track comes as a surprise. Then again, if there's one thing we know about I:Cube, it's that he can't sit still for long.