Harry Agius continues to build his profile via releases that willfully blur the boundaries between deep house, tech-house and contemporary bass music. For the most part, Placement is fairly traditional in its outlook, offering musical blends that err on the side of caution. That's not to say there's not great material; far from it, in fact. "Placement" and "What We Know" boast both drive and swing, and come loaded with the kind of crackly acid lines and electronic riffs that recall Brown Album-era Orbital. The impressive "Tape Burn" goes deeper, offering hissing snares, barely audible pianos and stoned atmospheres, while "Tail Ender" delivers a quietly melodic take on ambidextrous bass music.
Harry 'Midland' Aguis has been responsible for some Aus gems, not least his 2010 debut with Ramadanman and this two track Trace maintains his Midas touch for the label. The title track contains trace elements (geddit?) of Midland's previous work as thickly delivered synth tones combine deftly with booming 4/4 kicks and the sort of nonsensical vocal hook that worms its way all too easily into your cerebral cortex. Still though our favourite however is "For (Yacht) Club Use Only", which is clearly inspired by the Delroy Edwards production of the very similar name.