The Detroit artist's first solo record in five years was worth the wait.
This is true of "Exist On," Formula's A1. It's different from "Carmine" in many respects, but it shares its affecting mix of hope and melancholy. The vibe is very much early Warp Records, from the bleep-style bass to the loose breakbeat and Artificial Intelligence-evoking pads, which shine most brightly in the track's brief but heavily poignant breakdown. If it weren't for the current global situation, it'd be natural to say "Exist On" could be a favourite at smaller and more discerning festivals. It's for sure one of Siegel's finest.
The other two tracks explore subtly rebellious ideas. "Formula" is Detroit techno with a seriously unruly bassline and a downwards—rather than forwards—sense of momentum. "Wayne County Stomp" is a demented experiment in combining synth pop with gritty Chicago house. I've got to admit that neither of these descriptions quite nail it, which is perhaps evidence that Siegel has been able to capture something fresh from within himself.