More straight-laced than N1L's funky bump or Lanark Artefax's IDM lineage, ZZM is UIQ's most club-ready record, despite plenty of eccentricity and detail. The A-side is for DJs. "137x3brk" is a spacious house track, with a brittle organ riff sprinkled over the top. "Ktyring" cushions its heavy kicks with a healthy dose of reverb. Everything sounds soft and dewy, evoking the misty side of early '90s techno.
That track has a simple but poignant pad sequence that swells until it eclipses everything else. It's one of ZZM's best moments, and its doleful mood carries over to the B-side, where Mikolai indulges his ambient urges. Built on eerie hums and idle machine chatter, "J UC" skulks to the finish line, rounded off with bit-crushed synths that call back to Actress's landmark Splazsh. "F10a1" goes for broke with the EP's most dramatic melody. It feels a little too obvious at first, until Mikolai fades in some galloping drums, turning it from mawkish ambient to hands-in-the-air fare. Like the other records on UIQ, ZZM tinkers with dance music conventions without completely taking them apart.