I listened to this album in a superior format: compressed to glorious 8 bit audio on a 3.5” floppy disk. Even given its flatness and the limitations of its compression, this album’s three tracks still contained depth. I’m no stranger to floppy disk audio, as I own a couple myself, and honestly this is one of the best compression jobs I’ve heard. Each track keeps its kicks solid and the lead stays in front. It doesn’t feel muddled like other floppy-based releases.
This albums techno, faux-futuristic sounds work well with the medium and create an atmosphere that suits its style. The first track, “KHUFU,” features a smooth drum beat while a smooth pad drone accompanies the blips of an arpeggiated synth. Its slightly repetitive, but not in a bad way. It’s the kind of song that can be played on loop accompanying a long highway drive at night.The second track, “KHAFRE,” differs slightly in mood. It features similar instruments but lead is not arpeggiated, instead following a funky tone held up by a dreamy pad. The drums in this track, however, have a oddity to them; They seem off by a beat or two, but that really adds to this track’s feel. Finally, the album ends with “MENKAURE,” which kinda threw me off while writing this review. It has a similar aesthetic to the other two tracks, but I find the changes to it jarring. The track’s not bad—it’s actually pretty good—but it doesn’t meld well with the end of the second track.
Overall, this album is really well done. It sounds surprisingly great on the floppy disk medium and generally holds its style together with a slight hiccup at the beginning of the third track. The album is only around ten minutes in length, so it’s worth checking out in its entirety. It’s one of those records that’s easy to loop on a long drive.