Tech house tools done right.
In iO's hands, minor variations can have important implications for energy or momentum. Slightly different clap or hi-hat sounds contribute to the high-altitude spring of "Sear" versus the clomping stomp and sagging weight on "Doll Roll." "Pow-Wow" has a lateral, jerky hop that creates an off-kilter bedrock for goofy melodic components, which makes it the most distinctive track on the record, and the hardest to play. iO is at his best when he's at his tooliest, as on "Course," an engrossing, flexible roller with colorful one-shot sounds that spring out of two interplaying basslines.