As the name implies, ‘Chrome’ is a menacing, more mechanised cut than we’re used to, in line with heavy-hitting Boxer comrades Dusty Kid or Matzak. Random introductory geiger-counter grit is swiftly swept aside by a thudding kick and growling pads, all which mean business. Adopting a wonky three-to-the-bar tone pattern, the kind that’s becoming cliché with the likes of neo-trancers Michael Mayer, Paul Nazca and Oxia, ‘Chrome’ follows a similar trajectory, with big, crowd-pleasing motifs reigned in by careful programming and a desire for subtlety over cheap payoff – good stuff.
‘The Astropop Shop’ also does what it says, with sugar-coated tones and pixie-dust blips cloaking a similarly gushing chugger. It’s less dramatic, prettier, and more like his regular work. Both tracks clock in at exactly 9.43, like cookie-cutter versions of Mom’s choc-chips.