Ethereal techno made for both dawn and dusk.
Opener "D614G (Rough Mix)" is steely techno only in terms of its kick drums, while the ascending melodies and buried vocals are beautiful and contemplative. It reminds me of the fading wisps of bass pulses as you make your way out of the club. The scurrying breaks that start "2CB_Ind" suggest banger, but the plaintive chords that engross the song are just a tad too gentle for the big room. "Kaki (Deep 2 Dub)" is certainly mixable, but its dubby synthline and reverb drenched drums also seemed aimed at hotbox-in-your-car ruminations. Ford has said before that he makes "comedown music" for the end of the night, and this is its purest distillation.
But Kaki is comedown music where the club remains in sight, or at least in recent memory. This is, after all, a techno EP with some proper weapons. "Flex Out (Expansive Mix)" is a two-minute sketch in which rumbling breaks and a barrage of synths move across the stereo field with sniper-like precision, while "Jumping Pound Creek" is paranoid and anxious techno that could hold its own with the best of 'em. Listening to Kaki, I couldn't help but think of Skee Mask's Pool. Like the music Bryan Müller makes, Ford's work retains elements of rough-and-ready techno, but imbues it with a softness. These tracks sound just as good mixed at peak time as they do in that post-club afterglow, piped through your headphones as you trace constellations on your way home.