Eschewing the more retiring material from the recent All City 7-inch, Polyfolk Dance is an incessant listen from the off, opening with "Polkadot Blues" and its cacophonous gospel choir of acid-laced chipmunks. If there's one thing not lacking in this record it's in its feel-good sheen—a vibe you'd expect from Gang Starr reworked by Black Dice. Analogue hiss has been present on Mohawke's previous mixes and soft digital releases, but Polyfolk Dance favours a certain FM gloss, leaving "Overnight" able to shine as a colossal beast of a track.
With most tracks clocking in at less than three minutes, though, there is a worrying tendency: Mohawke often builds up steam only to run head first into a cul-de-sac. The staccato synths of "Speed Stick" provide intrigue but little else, instead recalling the defunct funk of Squarepusher's recent bass musings, rolling about lethargically without much of an appetitive to go anywhere.
With the talents of Dorian Concept, Mount Kimbie and his fellow LuckyMe associates churning out wave upon wave of classic instrumental hip-hop turns, Mohawke's high-end histrionics seem far less alien than they did twelve months ago. But even so, the sounds that Mohawke showcases on Polyfolk Dance—a blend of jungle, big beat, IDM and hyphy—are as intoxicating as they are intriguing.