It's not that the Maddee-less tracks aren't any good; they're actually great. But they're a bit jarring side-by-side with the vocal-featuring tracks. Maddee's laidback delivery adds a layer of insouciance to the release that's both charming and entrancing, so when you get to "Ashe Maree," sandwiched between to Maddee-featuring tracks, it's hard to see how it fits within the collection. The instrumental tracks are glittery 8-bit affairs, akin to label mate Ryan Hemsworth's super-kawaii production style, but the vocal-assisted cuts are more subdued, restrained even, allowing for the listener to appreciate the beat-driven synths and production intricacies. The bombast found on "Ashe Maree" and EP closer "Collage" become distracting, making you skip forward or back to the vocal tracks.
There's an intrinsic duality to the release, making the argument for two separate offerings showcasing both sides of the talented producer's work, because I'm not sure they work as well as one package. However, Colors makes for a compelling first release, and an incredibly exciting preview of his upcoming debut. (Last Gang)