A stellar debut EP that presents a nuanced blend of techno, electro and acid.
It doesn't get better than "Nadezhda," the strutting blend of electro and techno that sits on the A1. It has the acid bassline of some forgotten electro bomb dug up by DJ Masda or Nicolas Lutz, but the sound design—there seems to be at least a dozen bleeps that move around the stereo field—feels totally modern. The sparse "Nyctinasty" moves even closer to electro, putting more attention on the kick drum by stripping away the other elements. Even headier sounds sit on the B-side, as "Ionosfeer" breaks electro down to a syncopated rhythm and a vaguely sinister see-sawing melody. "Inquilinism" is a pleasant ambient bleep workout, but its three minutes are over too soon. We need more techno EPs like Ab Initio, where nuance and steady groove coexist.