The sound has both club-tool and comedown-mind-melt potential. Loop LF's Stepping Back favoured the latter, but the A-side of this compilation makes more strident moves. Label cofounder Glas Rm eases into the dance with "Fully Dipped," whose loping halftime groove and clipped patois pick up sunlit dub chords as they go. The track's core idea is solid, but it's crowned by the details—especially moments where the master channel chokes on compression—punctuating the flow with duck-outs and dramatic pauses. Fellow label boss Speak7 ups the ante on "Lohan Hands," coming off like Forest Drive West in trippy tribal techno mode. The drums are stern, the low-end sturdy, and the atmosphere erupts in dramatic plumes that might be the ghosts of voices or the shriek of straining metal.
Loop LF brings things down on the B side, loosening that stiffer syncopation into a more fluid slouch and adding teasing percussion layers to heighten the nudge and sway. As with all of these tracks, "Drive 22" takes its time. Demure chord stabs don't enter until several minutes in, before opening into echoey dub space. Closing the EP, a mystery artist (as if the others were known) steers us back into the woozy afterhours zone, submerging elliptical drums in hiss, hum and ultra-deep chords.