Even so, these tracks aren't dark. There's humour in the scraps of sampled vocals—"what you doin'?", blurp—that come and go, not least on "Lava," which shifts up a gear when the bassline is beefed up past the midpoint. The EP is full of these subtle shifts, where new elements enter the mix at random. You won't find any hints about "Iso Grifo"'s title in its opening monologue—it's in Finnish and mumbles about Christmas food. The track's mood, set by scratchy percussion, keys and hisses, switches from funky to introspective with a synth tone two thirds through—another crafty adjustment. "Round?"'s cosmic chug is the closest Iso Grifo gets to conventional techno, even with the stuttering middle section that strips away the melody.
Outside of Club Der Visionaere, Robert Johnson or Saturday afternoon Panorama Bar, there aren't many situations these tracks would suit—in fact, they would clear the dance floor in most clubs. But that's not the point. These are cutting-edge tunes that balance groove with experimentation, a reminder of the exciting roots behind the scene they helped inspire.