On Jason Williams' first ever compilation, you can hear the tensions of Detroit filtered through West Coast spliff smoke.
Originally an affiliate of Reflective Records, a label run by Jonah Sharp, Williams’ back catalogue is equal parts experimental and club-oriented, often hitting that sweet spot between ambient and techno. If you don’t count the New Age-indebted sitar in opener "Bound In A Nutshell," Williams doesn’t leave the floor until the ambient closer, "Microcosmik."
The electro tracks in particular would sound outrageously good on any contemporary rig. "Quantum Mechanix" starts with a bee-sting of a bassline and an indecipherable vocal before sighing pads transition into a metallic lullaby. "Clockwork" feels like trying to wind a watch underwater. The track's synthline fights for air against a staggered rhythm. We get a second to catch our breath when some sparkling chimes arrive, but the remainder of the song is a drowned symphony of scattered percussion and bleeps.
On "Time and Space," you can almost hear the synths being routed through a maze of effects as Williams uses a surgeon’s precision to dissect each sound. But this penchant for experimentation is tempered by his ear for melody. Nowhere does he do this better than "Stumm," the album's eyes-closed moment. A melody line pans across the stereo before chords ride the rhythm like hang gliders crashing into the sea.