A shift in focus from the artist formerly known as Abdulla Rashim results in a stunning techno EP.
This is most clear on "Crystal Storms," where sparks fly from a churning arpeggio. The lead synth seems to be perpetually shape-shifting, Linell modulating the line to keep attention locked on its metal-like contours. The kick drums melts away momentarily but really, this one is about a single, powerful focal point. That's followed by another rip-snorting arpeggio workout, "Core Field Horizon," only this time there's no beat. No matter. Linell still manages to craft a banger, a track that could serve as a mind-bending mid-set reset or be layered with a heavy drum groove. Similarly, you won't find a track like "Not Present (Aeterna)" on too many techno EPs. It's essentially a five-minute locked groove but its irregular time signature and layered arrangement make it pop. That just leaves the lovely "Evaporating Entities," a more gentle melodic cut that brings to mind both old progressive house and classic UR records but also feels very modern. If it wasn't already clear, Linell's small change in mood and direction has yielded some fairly fantastic results.