Dubout-EP #2 is a fantastic bit of self-possessed Detroit techno, with a hint of dub. (The prominence of the word dub in the title shouldn't deceive you into confusing this with Deepchord/Echospace.) The two shorter cuts, "Refined By Fire," and "There Is Hope" are more on the dub side, but both feel incomplete. It's the two longer tracks (each clocking in at close to seven minutes) that are more substantial. They're restrained, but they also present a booted-and-suited view of techno that definitely makes them dancefloor ready.
Their reduced beginnings both build smoothly, leaving a feeling of spaciousness unfettered. "Shalom Dub" backs out earlier. The sparse percussion distracts itself in cloudy synths, and trades structure for a dreamy pondering of melody. "Renewal Part II," on the other hand, keeps the courage of its convictions, moving slowly and inexorably forward for six-and-a-half minutes before slowing down for the final thirty seconds and then bowing out.
It might be the added mixing expertise of Omar-S, or it might just be the way the tracks were meant to be, but "Shalom Dub" is charming, whereas "Renewal Part II" grabs me by the you-know-whats and doesn't let go. That said, Hess's DJ style is all about precision and meticulous layering, and, whatever track you prefer, this 12-inch lives up to that aesthetic completely. What a treat.