After his successful turn on Maceo Plex's Ellum Audio Danny Daze scores further points with this signing to Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic imprint, turning out a monstrous peak time club rocker that's equal parts heavy hitting and malicious restraint. The bassline stays firmly in place to keep the brain pinned down while all around it narcotic blasts of synth weirdness whirl in ever increasing displays of ostentatious production, and that's just the title track. "When The Freaks Come Out" is a more measured electro-tinged stalker, while "Beatdown" gets into a more techy 4/4 stomp sure to get fists shaking across the globe.
Keith Tucker's other project has a techno focus, but it is still informed by the electro sounds of Aux 88 as well as the techno from his hometown of Detroit. Both versions of "Origins" feature breathy vocals and spacey synths, with the original version backed up by a shuffling rhythm. "Elements" sees Optic Nerve venture farther into techno territories courtesy of a prowling Reese-like bass, while "Anomaly" is a soulful affair, in the vein of vintage Stacey Pullen. Released on Arne Weinberg's Diametric, the only other mystery is why it took so long after its physical release - it was the label's first release in 2009 - to be made available in digital formats.