But whatever else Treibgut may conceivably be, it's booming, jerky laptop funk in the main. "0406_01_RS_!," the aptly-named opening track, initiates a formula wherein the thundering stop-start of the bass maintains a hip-hop swagger that gives muscle to the music's more antisocial leanings—jarring crashes, shrill squeals and buzzing feedback. "1205_10" drives home a clear admiration for Autechre, threading the dense, buzzing track with a pensive mood and, impressively, approaching the engrossing complexity of some of the Manchester duo's recent work. "Calipso," meanwhile, works in a meandering melody, putting the pummeling rhythms to a crooked snake-charming tune. The final track is a choppy din of annoying noises and over-the-top drum barrages, bringing the EP to a brash, unhinged finale, but sounding a bit unformed on its own.
Following last winter's punchy NHK record, Treibgut is the second installment in Raster-Noton's new Unununium series. Another storm of metallic algorithms and beat breaks, this one's less expert, and more raw and "noisy" than its predecessor. Coming from a label whose pristine sound designs sometimes veer toward formalist rigor, a little banging on pots and pans isn't necessarily unwelcome.