Of course, these days the notion of a bass artist making 4/4 or vice-verse is likely to raise more shrugs than eyebrows. With a few exceptions—the squelchy and stuttering "Scrap" or the ambient vistas of "Oath"—Edges feels mostly like a techno album, with even the depth-charge bass of its heaviest moment ("Cold Drop") erupting within a 4/4 framework. Yet the way Marshall and Anderson construct their beats has clearly been informed by bass. That technique and tempo creates a space where it feels as if the duo are taking time to explore each other's styles rather than just leaping in headlong together. It also gives the album a certain moody tinge—for all its dramatic stabs, "Skip/Crush" still seems sombre and morose. The low rumbles and bittersweet vocal snippets of "Airror" could be a rougher Falty DL, and "GoldN"'s rising synth tones would sound euphoric if they were slightly sped up, but instead they feel strung-out and elegantly wasted.
There's a definite sense of restraint at work here. Graze avoid any predictable drops, and their beats often seem poised on the brink of full-on club mode without ever going all the way. But by holding just a little back now, they definitely leave you wanting to hear more from them in the future.