Six months after the initial appearance of the crisp rhythm and flurrying high end of "Moon Pupils" on a Kinnego 12-inch, the track seems to have somehow deepened. That's likely because it now occupies the middle of a batch of material that varies in both ambition and wit. "TV Troubles," for example, does the '80s-U.S.-cop-show-soundtrack thing with not that much aplomb, though the low-slung guitar is a nice touch. But the best stuff soars. "Allele" is my second-favorite, a dramatically paced dubstep-time track with juddering percussion overlays—a juke nod?—that somehow hammer the half-time feel in place. "Topsoil," which follows, is Boxcutter's take on tech house, and while there are a few too many gewgaws in the mix to imagine it on a mix CD any time soon, it's telling how clearly that music's itchy-clicky style imprints onto Lynn's other adventures in rhythm.
The most surprising success here is a trio of cuts featuring Brian Greene's guest vocals. Not the title track so much—there, Greene comes in near the end, and it's a fuzzy meander that's closer to rock, rhythmically. But while it is not my custom to praise R&B tracks on electronic dance albums when actual R&B has enough sonic wizardry to go around as is (and let's not get started on songwriting), Lynn's groove and sound for "All Too Heavy" and the slinky closer "Ufonik" are adroit modern glosses on aquatic late P-Funk, space-borne with crystalline synth FX. It's more evidence that Lynn is a do-it-all kind, and bolsters the listener's suspicion that his best work is still ahead of him.
Thu / 28 Apr 2011
02. Zabriskie Disco
03. All Too Heavy feat. Brian Greene
04. Cold War vs. Ken & Ryu
06. TV Troubles
07. The Dissolve feat. Brian Greene
08. Moon Pupils
09. Factory Setting
12. Little Smoke vs. Kab Driver
13. Ufonik feat. Brian Greene