Nostalgic bass music that still sounds like the future.
Bright melodies come out in percussive jabs, while the drums are nervous and fidgety. The music is thicker than Insula's, owing in part to Powers' new collection of FM synths. Next to the barbed grime rhythm of "Smith's Deli" are soft, contoured chords that leave a glow in their wake. The lead melodies on "2 Moros" have a decaying, Boards Of Canada-style lilt, like they're melting in the sun. These tracks, and the ornate "Prop O Deed," have the same footwork-jungle-grime hybridism as Powers' past work—drums stutter, jump and pounce—but the rhythms feel soft and deliberate.
Unlike Insula, this EP isn't full of chattering voices. But Powers retains a knack for sampling things around him. "Prop O Deed" is full of grunts and yelps molded into percussion. On "Satan," there are voices, synths and whirring machinery, plus an occasional time marker that sounds like a sword effect from an old video game. You've heard these sounds before, but not put together like this.