'The Road' ('the first shuffle track to be found on Kompakt in a very long time') is a welcome return. With grimy offbeat pulses providing the Jamaican connection and a harmonica snatched from Canned Heat's 'On the Road Again', this chugs like dirty roadhouse blues banged out in some confused Texan rave. The follow-up 'Powdered' scatters the dirt like shiny confetti, opening in pop ambient mood before a wet flipper languidly kicks out the beat and broken arpeggios fade in and out, picking up plenty of dirt along the way.
The ska pulse returns for 'Dusted', as do streams of grit awash in echo, heavier rhythmic synth chunks and a picked electric bassline, before ending all bright and warm evoking label brethren Jonas Bering and SCSI-9. The finale 'Pristine' comes out all guns blazing: filled with delayed and reverbed Fehlmann squelch and truncated melodic passages – it's like Chain Reaction in colour. With four tracks of such high standard, this is like the Kompakt of old, with all four sure to fill floors.