If Scuba's "Adrenalin" was Hotflush's attempt to infiltrate the festival banger circuit, then the lead track on this EP from Dense & Pika is the label aiming for the top of the peak time techno charts. The prospering project of Glimpse's Chris Spero and Hypercolour co-founder and producer Alex Jones, Dense & Pika take no prisoners on "Move Your Body Back" mangling the garbled remains of Liam Howlett's Prodigy presets and throwing them over a thumpingly aggressive techno beat that only pauses to growl out the titular refrain. "Lack of Light" is borne from the same template, yet adopts a more percussive approach. Final track "Backstage Mute" marauds largely in the sub bass area and sounds like the second coming of fidget house.
If you've been to a night club over the course of the past six years, it's fairly certain that you will have heard "Erotic Discourse" at least once. Released by Paul Woolford under the Bobby Peru alias on 20:20 Vision in 2006, the track is rightly regarded as one of the highlights of the producer's storied career; featuring an effect akin to a golf ball dropping down a corrugated iron pipe, there's not really been a techno track since that's quite so weird. Now Hotflush have decided to revisit the track, delivering it into the hands of some interesting remixers. Dense & Pika's rework opts to leave the sonic weirdness wisely remains intact, whilst also bringing their weighty rhythmic leaning to the fore. Livity Sound's Kowton meanwhile delivers one of his signature revisions which pairs the rippling sonics of the original with some meaty subs, resulting in one of the strangest tracks to see light on Hotflush in some time. Make no mistake, these are two absolute killers here.