The A-side fits the "808 and strange noises" brief to a tee and begs for angular shape-cutting on the dance floor. These rhythms go back to the days when early hip-hop and electro were hard to tell apart. On "Mirror Comparator," the squelching filter on the snare and warbling flange in the background seem to drag what was once funky street music through the mind of a sentient AI. Typical sci-fi pads make an appearance, but the rhythms and textures more than make up for it—for many listeners, those minor chords will represent a welcome trace of humanity. "Jovian Moons" ticks all the same boxes, adding a wonky acid line in the back half.
The B-side is more cerebral, especially "New Horizons." It tugs at the heartstrings with glinting staccato synths and crystalline surfaces, evoking the frozen landscape and endless nights of Morphology's Helsinki home. Mirror Comparator has a clinically executed style that verges on sterile perfection, but the quality of the sound design and rhythmic programming is impossible to ignore. With any luck, these alienated grooves will juice up plenty of DJ sets.