Percussive house tracks cloaked in dreamy melodies.
"La Arabia""s breaky boom echoes another DJ Normal 4 track, 2016's massive "Transcendental Training Tactics." This time, countermelodic riffs and vocals gesture to the track title's geography, though those elements don't fuse naturally here. (A slightly reduced mix of this track would've been welcome.) The rest of the EP's tracks were made in 2011 and '12, and they're a mixed bag. The best is "Aeo (Ottertasia Mix)," a midnight ambient piece with whispered Spanish, riverbank atmospherics and Gregorian chant. On the solid "Rhythm Mix" of the same track, the vocalist Aenx coos the track title over undulating synth tones, crunchy guitar chords and a housey bassline. Only "Kalaidako" is a let-down. The synth melody tugs this way and that, sometimes as though straining against a leash, but the track's sleepy acid plod is unyielding.