Chaim is also not above trying on some pop, and pretty fetchingly. "U & Eye," featuring Meital De Razon, has an abstracted soul hook ("Why did you have to go?") that gives the rather airy track some heft via a rubber-bandy bass (another one pops up in "Runaway Frequencies," an anthemic instrumental). "U & Eye" makes a reasonable claim that this kind of abstracted house-dub stuff is a new kind of pop, something amplified by the fact that this version is specified on the label as a radio edit.
The hard-edited vocals are in abundance even when he mines vintage new wave on the more overtly songwriterly "Wish," featuring vocalist Snax, a downcast synth-pop number that merges Balearic balm and dark-sider mood—not far from Fritz Kalkbrenner's recent album, in a way. "Love Rehab" follows it with another canny left: here Chaim is expansive and sly, a smoky mid-tempo rubdown that hooks you with the words, "I ain't gonna miss you no more."
Avital pays as much attention to the tracks as he does the songs. "Everything" is a Field-like suspended groove that seems simultaneously taut as wire and like a heated-rock massage. "Don't Shout" is a straight-up bid to get everyone's hands in the air, and don't be surprised if it ends up happening: "I feel your...soul" is a pretty resonant hook, and the track owes as much to anthemic late '90s trance as it does to putatively cooler sources. Like a few others in his realm and generation, Chaim's got a comfort with house's spectrum, and the personality he projects through it—searching, fun-loving, curious—is a pretty nice one to spend time with.