Siegel and Sotofett have a knack for crafting tracks with an epic scope. "Metal Surface Repair" fits the bill, cycling through three movements over the course of ten minutes. The melancholic intro recalls FIT's breakthrough track, "Carmine," and low-key Detroit classics like Model 500's "Pick Up The Flow." After traversing a knotty, acidic middle section, we're treated to a gorgeous ambient techno resolve. A two-note 303 line complements Sotofett's loose, dubby percussion as skyward synths bring home the pensive, optimistic mood.
If you don't feel like waiting six minutes for that payoff, flip the record for the "Synthetic Mix," an ambient version of "Metal Surface Repair'"s stunning conclusion. Like Sotofett's recent collaboration with LNS, the "Soft Peak Mix," the ambient piece is a winning gesture towards Artificial Intelligence-era influences. Metal Surface Repair is stuffed with ideas, but the best track off the duo's promising debut is its simplest.