Are you a sucker for certain noises? Me, I love that 'Tsccchhhhh!' sound that reminds me of the powerful dry ice blowers that they have here in Singapore's biggest club, Zouk. Back in the day I also used to unmitigatedly love any tune that used that 'hoover of doom' sound you get on CJ Bolland's 'Horsepower'.
The A-side of this release 'Al Quadus' has the 'Tsccchhhhhh!' sound. So I like it. To make an analogy with cars, which I generally know very little about, this is a Toyota of a track. It's a little lacking in personality and wouldn't stand out in a crowd, but it's exceedingly well put-together and works very well for the purpose for which it was intended. Subtly syncopated percussion, a nagging single note that hops around like a cricket on a hot tin roof and nice builds make this a very effective 'sustain' track that could be dropped to good effect after a rabble-rousing tune.
The B-side 'Cicada' is more unusual. It's got one of those ruler-straight techno grooves to begin with and as it progresses the ruler gets progressively dented, dinged and twisted into a satisfying kind of clanky funk. They also use one of those 'where the fuck did THAT come from?' breakdown effects where it sounds like the DJ has suddenly tuned into a random radio station for one bar before cutting back. It's manic and fun and has a pleasantly light touch at times (because this whole minimal thing can get awfully serious, can't it?)
This isn't one of those releases that everyone is guaranteed to love, but some people (like myself) may find things they like in it, and the pairing of Klein and Eyerer is definitely one to watch in future as they seem to have some chemistry together.