Arguably, most forms of dance music are best left behind in nightclubs. What sounds great when you're staggering around in a dark warehouse often turns out to be repetitive and uninspired when it pumps out of your hi-fi. However, this album is just as potent in your armchair as it is on the dancefloor. Like Leftfield's albums and some of The Prodigy's earlier efforts, it'll leave you both chilled and thrilled.
The dark brass blare and stealthy rhythm of Fictions makes for a fantastic opening track, being both soothing and somehow unsettling. The sci-fi soundscapes are expanded and deepened as you progress through the album, with perhaps Artemis' and Intense's efforts standing out amongst a very strong set. However, just as you get used to floating along in a sea of shimmering synths, you're suddenly beached onto the razor-edged beats of DJ Addiction in Senses, perhaps the most orthodox drum 'n' bass track on the album, but it will leave you breathless.
Ultimately, this is a gritty, urban and futuristic ensemble. If LTJ Bukem and co had put this together roughly twenty years earlier, it would have been the soundtrack album to Ridley Scott's Bladerunner. When I got my CD collection stolen last year, this is the album I missed the most.