Fresh from their Dreams escapade, there's no sleep for Trax Couture as Sub Skank operator Akito joins the fray with four slabs of pure bass future. "Dalston Dips" comes in two flavours; the original is a militant marching anthem with heritage traces of LFO and Unique3, while the alternative take barges and bashes with more of a ghetto-tek attitude. The attitude gets even more brutal as "Strategem" simultaneously nods at grime, techno and UK funky. "Sordid Forfeit" closes the show on his most poignant note as cold slo-mo arpeggiated pads writhe mournfully before twisting into the full bass hook. Powerful.
Centrum is Parisian producer Bambounou's second artist album on Modeselektor's label and it shows two distinct sides to his musical palette. The album begins with haunting, glitchy tracks like "Composer" and "Fire Woman", before Bambounou moves into melodic, bleep-heavy sounds courtesy of "Excluding Natalia" and "SAC". Unexpectedly, the listener is shaken out of this stupor with "Each Other", a tough, hammering rhythm, "Oez", which is less direct but also revolves around a grainy, dense rhythm track and the glitchy techno of "At The Mirror". Just in case the listener is left in any doubt about Bambounou's musical duality, the album ends with the humming bass and tough percussion of "I Ride".