The beat has become sentient. The world of James Collin's 'mot. Ion' is one in which a steady bass thump drives you through oppressive landscapes of cold steel and dead space, where lights pulse in the dark. Built from guitars and synthesizers, the Chicago artist's five-song EP blurs the lines between electronic, soundscapes, and minimalism. From the haunting hopefulness of 'A Thousand Feet Per Second' to the epic crush of 'Metaverse,' Collin has constructed a sound that feels nuanced and mechanical yet keenly self-aware and a little sinister. By the time you've reached the oscillating coda of 'Aube,' you'll find yourself welcoming the chance for reflection and looking back with a vague sense that something human passed you on the way out. Written and recorded by James Collin in Chicago. Mastered by Dietrich Shoenemann at Complete Mastering in NYC.