Strong tracks by maturing producers on a top experimental label.
Which is why the music on Split is such a surprise. There's a tightness and clarity that suggests both artists landed on strong ideas from the start and ran with them. You can still make out Toxe's signature on "Kiss Kiss" thanks to its cute vocal huffs, prodding against the rude, Mr Oizo-like bass synth. But "Maybe Tomorrow" is the unexpected gem. It's essentially an unlikely combination of Ellen Arkbro and AFX, as a languorous organ tone wafts through a Syro-tuned bassline. On the B-side, Crystallmess' "Fear Of A / Black Planet," another mutant techno-IDM bit, is a study in surveillance paranoia, its austere synth swoops and tweaking FX suggesting a drone scanning aimlessly amid concrete ruins. "Atalaku," which rivals "Maybe Tomorrow" as the EP's best track, casts solemn shadow over a strutting, horn-cracked batida rhythm. Split is a solid showing from two maturing producers.