On DVS1's Mistress Recordings, Hawkes debuted his Juxta Position alias in 2013. Juxta Position Vol. 1 presented the project as an outlet for taut club music. (Though his habit of catchy hooks survived on "Mercy"'s sing-speak vocal.) As solid as Vol. 1 was, Vol. 2 is even better: the record embodies big-room techno rather than merely wearing its mask. Amid laser stabs and teardrop bleeps, the percussion remains fluid and generous in spite of outsized kicks. On "Pacemaker," hi-hats flick out like cards from a dealer's hand, while other parts of the 909 kit find their space in the offbeats.
"Speaking In Tongues" brings out the best of both Hawkes and Juxta Position, making for a creepy, peak-time blockbuster that could work anywhere. Over a blanket of off-key melodies and revved synths, "Speaking In Tongues" tries on an icy, Drexciyan arpeggio. It's a sound mined by lots of house and techno producers these days, but it's rarely applied to anything this hypnotic.