Forget Nicolas Jaar's easygoing side—this is tough, military music.
"Alucinao" is what happens when this force meets some funk. It features someone called Estado Unido, possibly an alias of Jaar's, and FKA twigs, although it's not clear if she's the heavily treated voice in the track's second half or is working the production desk. Either way, for me this is the best track to come from Against All Logic so far. Its twisted but highly danceable rhythm—which could be dancehall influenced but is hard to place—brings to mind the excellent work Demdike Stare did with the Testpressing series, plus "Alucinao" has added allure of the wailing, distortion-fried vocal performances (Genius will need its finest minds to figure out these lyrics).
A tussle between steadiness and madness defines "Illusions Of Shameless Abundance," a track whose rhythm is at once simple and utterly chaotic. Lydia Lunch, the New York no wave artist who's released an album with Jaar's Other People label, is a bewildering presence, her hard-panned spoken-word tonally matching the beats' toughness and the squalls of noise. We'd come to expect high standards of sonic exploration from Jaar, which meant the last Against All Logic record was, while agreeable, too easily defined. Illusions Of Shameless Abundance is pretty much an antithesis in this respect, opening up a tantalizing range of possibilities for the upcoming album.