But Black Noi$e also has a traditional side, which we hear on "V98.7," the closer from his latest EP, Time Crisis. It's built on a dusty soul sample, the kind of simple loop you'd expect to hear in a J Dilla track, with filtering and a vibrato that gives it a spectral touch. Pair that with congas, hi-hats and a kick drum that bumps without overpowering the mix and you've got an unhurried but irresistible house cut.
That's the EP's only nostalgic moment. "Fight Riff," the other highlight, has colorful synths and a big bassline, with wacky percussion made from whirring noises and guitar strokes that shouldn't work, but do. "Creepy Crawlers" is the toughest cut, with a sassy clap and flourishes of effects that make it feel like it's running off the rails. "232" is another sample-heavy track, with a guitar lick that loops for the whole five minutes, crackling through a few layers of distortion. It's refreshingly weird and, like the other three tunes, full of fresh ideas that emerge when you aren't burdened by the past.