There are right ways and wrongs way to do intrigue. Look at the recent seemingly endless leaks and teasers for Daft Punk's new album – sure, it's great to have them back but it feels like months now we've been subjected to Nile Rodgers, brief snippets of music on TV and online, extended promos...it's become a drip feed of the most tedious kind and I'm at the point where I almost couldn't care less about what's coming from the duo, especially as they've done nothing of real note in over ten years, Electroma aside. Contrast this with the mystery of the two artists that make up this gorgeous split EP, Noah and SELA. What we know of them, and their music, can be quickly summed up with a few choice facts: Noah is a young Japanese producer with a background in formal music education, she's dropped some remixes for the flau label in the past, while SELA (we don't do surnames 'round here, no sir) is an even younger producer, a 19-year-old Californian kid best know for his work on the instrumental side of Kitty (Pryde)'s work. They were introduced via the flau label, and so this release NoahxSELA was born. Everything else is mystery, and the two artists let the music do the talking.

What's so striking about this EP is that despite its detached collaborative nature (it's a split release that doesn't have Noah and SELA working on tracks together) the record flows seamlessly between the music the duo makes. On one hand Noah takes translucent, dreaming R&B and covers in a sea of ambience and disembodied vocals, then SELA – someone known mainly for Kitty's beats – disintegrates simple hip-hop loops into minimalism that might turn How To Dress Well a bit green. There doesn't seem to be a point where you could say the EP begins or ends – whether you choose to start with Noah or SELA's work (for this review, it was Noah) you're lowered gently down in media res...

'Dune', Noah's first track is the perfect example of this; a synth line rises out of the mist, joined by a simple finger click beat, the subtlest of bass and breathy female vocal lines that never quite fully form. It's the very definition of minimal, but more than that it's damn sexy. That rolls into the more upbeat 'You'll Come' which finds Noah in a more playful mode; the vocal sighs remain, but there's the gentlest of rolling funk in the form of a catchy synth line. It's not overpowering nor does it take away from the mood. 'Newworld' is a scatty deconstruction of R&B, before the haunting ghostly horns of 'Driving' takes us back to the mood of the opening track: claustrophobic and sticky, the electronic sounds feel like they might smother you at any point before drifting off and providing some breathing space. Final track 'Do You Remember' is probably the highlight, adding stately piano lines, a lightness that belies what's gone before it.

SELA's work carries a little more intensity than Noah's, but the flow isn't disrupted when the hiccupping loop of 'Ice' starts his contribution to the EP; it buzzes and burbles with a barely-there burn then blends seamlessly with the throb and snap of following track 'Even' and we're back to the sensual mood set up by Noah. The chiming loop of 'Violet' brings a little more pace to things, yet a dubby undercurrent keeps it weighed down, and nearly-euphoric (well, in the grand scheme of this release) 'Luna' is shimmering R&B powered by a looping vocal sample before the closing 'Cold (Extended)' brings us back full circle with its closed-off ambient hum and spooky washes of breath or wind, the simple click of percussion acting as a leitmotif, the link between Noah's beginning and SELA's end.

It's rare to find something so mysterious yet fully-formed in its vision by one artist, so it's quite an achievement to find two people who have managed this on one single release. This EP is so seamless and connected, yet Noah and SELA remain two distinctive voices. Whether they continue to work together (apart) or on their own, it'll be intriguing to see what the pair comes up with next after this excellent start.