"Grimelight" is a low-key bubbler, stuttering vocal samples, drum rolls and Eastern-sounding flutes are layered over gloomy synth pads and a lazy laidback bassline. The rhythm ticks and clicks on, almost as if racing against the slow and rolling pace of the bassline. A groove is slowly cooked up, but it feels too drawn out to really grab you.
That's not the case on the b-side, however. "Rut" is more energetic and lively, reminiscent of the start-stop feel of an earlier Hessle Audio release, Ramadanman's Blimey. A skittish drum workout, contrasted by steady shakers and hi-hats, it builds up a catchy groove that is no doubt extremely physical on a proper sound system. Reverberating chords, reminiscent of the sombre jazz stylings of Modus Operandi-era Photek, provide a haunting sense of melody along with floating synths. After the second breakdown, the mood changes and the tempo is picked up by lighter synth stabs and shuffling cymbals.
From a multitude of influences Joe builds a distinctive sound with sparse melodic elements thrusting the rhythmic percussion into the forefront, which in turn rests upon a backbone of bass. This Hessle release shows Joe's promising talent; his music, unlike his common and indistinctive artist name, is quite unique.