The opening title track is around six minutes of discordant electro nudged on by trap-like low-ends but lacking the energy needed to carry it off. Avalon Emerson's remix is no solution, either; more of a DJ tool, it's a clanging lo-fi backdrop that would probably be best paired with an a cappella. Somehow, it's less than the sum of its parts.
The next number, "On Patrol for Their Control," all too fittingly kicks off with female vocals repeating the word "time"; one is left wondering when the track is going to move on. It's moody, ambient electro (in a more-traditional sense, not the blog-house variety), but it's better suited to the hair salon than the club. By the time it peaks near the four-minute mark, it's just shy of being worth the wait — and yet, it's the highlight of the four-track EP.
"Hell Is Other Robots" makes for an appropriate closer, with an arpeggiated bass line that eventually trails off like ellipses, but on a short-play record like this, every second takes on added importance; that it merely sets the right tone isn't enough. Bwana has multiple releases on the acclaimed Aus Music label, and has appeared on Boiler Room — impressive feats. Unfortunately, this EP is not one of them. (17 Steps)