Bjarki Runar Sigurdarson's latest release for Nina Kravitz's Trip label - his sixth in total - is a thing of rare beauty. While there's enough dancefloor thrust and sturdy weight to his beats and basslines, it's the elements that he surrounds them with that catch the ear. Check, for example, the early '90s intelligent techno motifs of "Fimmtudagar 16-2", breakbeat-driven IDM/techno fusion of "Galoppin Muninn", and distorted, techno snowstorm that is the wonderful "This is 5321". Best of all, though, is the forthright EP opener, whose spacey melodies, drowsy chords and crackling aural textures perfectly compliment the producer's steel-plated beats. In many ways, its unsurprising Kravitz is a fan of the Icealnder's work; after all, he's a very talented producer.
DJ-friendly full length tracks