As is increasingly the case with Leif, it's hard to know where to place them. "July V," with its rounded low-end and sloping halftime rhythm, might be a kind of dub. Over the top, synth arps form strange undulating patterns that shift like sand dunes in strong wind. Sometimes they're bright and twinkling, sometimes dissonant. Underneath, a battery of shakers, cowbells and toms keep things moving. The controlled chaos builds and subsides, allowing a cool bassline and a hint of a melody to space out the midsection.
"Shoulders Back" is stranger still. Its bell-like tones, arranged into a dense mosaic of cross-rhythms, recall the decentred rhythm-scapes of Don't DJ. But there's a Leif touch to the track's luminous beauty, particularly as a smudged melody saturates the mix in the breakdown. And as he teases in more cross-rhythms—a gritty chord stab here, an unspooling thread of shakers and claps there—he clings to a house-applicable groove. Like Macro Beat before it, I can't wait to spend the rest of the year hearing this on all manner of dance floors.