"The main characteristic of his music," Andrea Benedetti said of D'Angelo last year, "is to be hard and mental at the same time." This perfectly describe "Bass Bam," where a robot voice is brutalized by an especially nasty acid track. Its simple approach—hard drums backed by a few spiraling acid lines—is unforgiving. Each one of the drum sounds hits with exacting precision, even while D'Angelo is weaving chaotic webs above them, like a spider on caffeine.
D'Angelo is mostly associated with acid techno, but he's no one-trick pony. "Sq11" focuses on drum programming, gliding from pots-and-pans percussion to woodpecker snares. Then there's "Game Of Three Synth," an old-school number where the squelchy leads turn squeaky and slippery. These three tracks aren't D'Angelo's most inventive, but they play to his strengths.