Detroit producer Sean Deason once released a track called "The Shit", which is a pretty accurate description of this release. Deason's strength as ever lies in his ability to fuse dance floor elements with musicality, something that is audible on opener "SR4", where airy synths are undersored by heavy claps and a snaking groove. "The Nature of Time" sees a more abrasive approach with churning acid lines and splurging beats fused with Deason's unmistakably eerie melodies. After this excursion, it's back to more sedate sounds and the dreamy "Gruv" and "StrangeLUV (Secret mix)" will endear him to fans of John Beltran.
It's heartening to hear that Detroit producer Deason is releasing music again, as anyone who owned a copy of his killer Pyskofuk releases or his benchmark "The Shit" will agree. Elements starts up where previous Deason releases have left off, offering a club-friendly yet deep and musical version of techno and house. "Lithium" and "Iron" are the most successful exponents of this approach: in the case of the former glacial synths unfold over a rolling, dubby rhythm, while the latter sees Deason add some variety as a pulsing groove makes way for rave whistles amid the glistening synth textures. Of course, that only tells part of Deason's story and the unraveling textures of "Dubnium" and the lovely offbeats and swirling melodies of "Indium" show that he is also an ambient producer par excellence.