A world-class minimalist returns with a rare EP, which includes one exemplary workout.
There's actually some overlap in the specific sounds he uses on "Love," the A1, and on that old Perlon track. It's not a Spanish guitar but it has that feel, the part appearing after Melchior spends the track's first three minutes on a groove animated by a slippery phasing effect. The use of a short female vocal phrase ("It's you") is another similarity between the two, although this is a flourish Melchior has always been keen on, which this EP's other two tracks also demonstrate—"Fighter" with the Mortal Kombat-style "Fight!" line and a voice on "Gimme That Stuff" saying, well, "Gimme that stuff back."
The variable in the overall quality of these tracks is tied to how comfortably the melodies, another Melchior hallmark, sit atop his reliably solid grooves. "Love" comes with a lingering feeling that the combination doesn't quite mesh but is still worth checking out, while "Gimme That Stuff" does unfortunately sound like two incompatible halves melded together, the pads floating free from the influence of the beats. "Fighter" is less shaped by melodies but what's here works fantastically well. A nagging arpeggio and, most impressively, a late-arriving synth-string complete an exemplary Melchior workout, where each new bar brings a fraction more anticipation.