Elsewhere, the rave spirit continues to lurk. Dubyshkin balances vogueish Euro-techno darkness with flamboyant silliness; his tracks are comic-book evil rather than genuinely sinister. At the opening of EP2's "Please Don't Tell Me That," an elegant piano loop is detuned and then hammered by clownish drums. EP1 opens with "Uhod," which is basically a single four-note melody, hollow synth leads and a piledriving bassline, propelled forward by a relentless kick drum.
It's hard to favour one of the two EPs, though the first might be a smidge better (it has "Treatment," which is about as huge and hellish as "Uhod," and the noxious, track-long breakdown "Symphony No. 9"). But both explore similar styles: either fairground-gone-wrong or, in Dubyshkin's (slightly) more reflective moments, trance-style hypnotism. The latter approach yields gems, too. "Who's Your Daddy" is a billowing, sidechained cloud of pads and voices, and probably sounds excellent on drugs, while "She Put Me Under A Light Trance" is less "light trance" than "heavy, paranoid stupor." Closing EP2, "Overland Trip" is the closest thing to "deep" in Dubyshkin's arsenal, and is weaker for it. He's best when pushing things to the limit.