"Quadra" opens the EP with a flush of romance. There's a ghostly echo of Detroit in the way its bassline duets with a twirling midrange melody; that movement triggers balmy pads that Van Hoesen sets into wavelike motion. Sometimes it's an inky swirl low in the mix, sometimes a foamy crest under carefully placed hi-hats. Elsewhere, Van Hoesen diverts his attention from melodic flow to rhythm. On "P2ME," acrid melodies tug furiously against a rigid drum grid; the tension between the two makes for the EP's most engaging track. On the relentless "Duet Dub," Downwards-style melodic loops bore mercilessly into the brain over a broken beat groove. It's Van Hoesen's music at its most dissociative.
Only "Cartesian Taiko" doesn't keep to the high standard. Its distorted synths buzz and snarl menacingly but remain hemmed in by the drums. As with all of Van Hoesen's music, you can at least admire the solidness of the structure. It's easy to imagine those kick drums rolling down the UFO tent, finding their way into every gloomy corner.