Even though the title ’Endor’ has nothing to do with the Ewok-inhabited Forest Moon in the Star Wars saga, it’s still a decisively green and verdant track, filled with all the sounds of a dense forest. ’Trico’ is the quiet lake deep within this forest; a serene spot inhabited with dragonflies, great white pelicans and slinky salamanders that curiously look a bit like Richie Hawtin during his Moby era.
Outer Rim is their first single since 1999, when they delivered a double-pack of sleazy, late night TB-303 techno on Dirty Acid Tracks. As comebacks go, it's pretty good. There's something particularly dirty, sweaty and metallic about the hypnotic flipside "Region 114"; although they've abandoned the trademark acid lines, it has a similarly intoxicating feel to their previous work. Even better is A-side "Outer Rim", which sees the duo peppering a titanium clad, kick drum-driven techno groove with hazy audio textures, intergalactic electronics and drifting melody lines.