Though this EP contains some of Space's busiest arrangements, it also has some of his sparest. On the brief "Bang With The Funk," the quiet shreds of melody make the knife-edge drums sound sharper. "Electric Energy" hinges on a harshly chopped Lenny Kravitz sample, which Space uses as a canvas for some of his best percussive gymnastics. But at five minutes long, the track is a lot to take in, as challenging as it's intoxicating. Space excels at keeping dancers on their toes. "Bu'Moon," with its ominous horns and threatening vocal samples, sets the scene for a battle, and the track feels like it could change direction at any moment.
There are a few spots on The Ultimate where Space loses his way. "The King" is almost uncomfortably empty, while the title track is old-school footwork that's dismantled, before completely falling apart. These ideas seem meant more for experimental music fans than footwork aficionados, which has been Space's path lately: uncompromising, sometimes difficult and sometimes brilliant.