The 12" begins with Apparat mining well-worn, yet still fertile, territory. Those familiar with Orchestra of Bubbles or even his solo breakthrough, Walls, will know exactly what to expect: the vocals are gleefully chopped, matching the strobe stabs of melody, all undergirded by his patented breakbeat rhythms. It's followed by the moody original, which has enough space to allow Cassy (of Panorama Bar 01 fame) to relate her sad tale unfettered by much more than a chattering hi-hat and a propulsive bass line.
Frequent Swayzak collaborator Richard Davis steps up on the B-side for a "rework." He gives 'Smile and Receive' a bliss pop sheen, making the whole thing sound a bit like Ulrich Schnauss' lurid pop fantasies, while Cassy finishes the single off by isolating one line of her vocal ("I'm on my own"), thusly transforming it into the saddest minimal track you'll hear all year.