House of Tapes always gravitates towards the more cacophonous sounds, but look between the cracks and the Nagoya artist smuggles in a lot of beauty. The Drift EP offers one of the single best examples of this right away with the title track, which features buzzsaw electronics and a heavy-hitting beat. But in between those tougher elements, one of the prettier melodies House Of Tapes has thought up sneaks through, revealing charm hidden beneath punches. The rest of Drift leans closer to the aggressive — “Steps,” at least is pressure applied heavily, while closer “Karma” stews in unease via its slower beat and sudden effects. But that first moment is a heck of a hook and a reminder of the layers at play here. Get it here, or listen below.