Sleek techno and electro.
Inside is said to take inspiration from virtual reality and imagined water worlds. The latter might call to mind the mythical electro of Drexciya, and you'd be forgiven for hearing the influence of the group in "Dither"'s machine-driven drums and aqueous synths. But it's Van Dijk's own hallmarks that tie Inside together. The opener, "Tide," starts out as a moody slice of dub techno, complete with unfussy four-on-the-floor kicks, whirring sound effects and the kind of spectral synth lines that have filled his best work. But shortly after the drums gesture to electro, and that sound continues into the laidback analogue funk of "PCB."
Van Dijk's eerie melodies provide many of Inside's finest moments. "Glow" ticks along simply, its glacial pads taking centre stage and offering relief after the more pointed, steely techno of "Hiss." The title track finds Van Dijk drifting towards IDM territory, all blunted kicks and rhythmic synth bleeps that recall Mika Vainio's work as Ø. "Channel" combines a subtle bassline, gurgling synths and a raft of celestial pads with the heftiest kicks you'll find on Inside. Elsewhere, beatless cuts such as "Metric Spaces" and "Integrated Circuits" break up the LP, further driving forward the translucent sound design that runs through the record. It's a formula that Van Dijk barely deviates from. When the results are this alluring, it's easy to see why.