After trying out a brooding, bass-heavy sound on last year's Prologue sampler, Kyle's return to Klockworks also sees him returning to their sound. Of its four tracks, Klockworks 16's middle two feel like a pair. "Sakura" has a hint of trance (think Petar Dundov), and its lead melody dances on top of the drums like a synthetic Aurora Borealis. "Lyrae" reveals a more detail-oriented touch. It's a fine track on the surface, but the bassline's subtle harmonics and a stuttering hi-hat add an illusory tint.
The other two don't quite measure up. "Axiom" has some complex melodic interplay, but the buttery smooth texture lacks Kyle's personality. "Luna" moves into a decadent Tale Of Us-style sound, losing the careful economy that makes Kyle's music so attractive. His best tunes reinforce emotional melodies with severe techno arrangements; Klockworks 16 has two stellar examples of that alongside two placeholders.