Is it too early to use a phrase like "quintessential Bashmore"? Almost definitely, but it has at least a hint of credibility in describing "Battle for Middle You." The expected West Coast bass sound bounces up and down in a British surrounding betrayed by the rave chords. A single electric cowbell ping with plenty of reverb gives the aural illusion that it's a dub track, though there's an understated drive in the hats that keeps the momentum on the right side of dopey. "Ask Yourself" at first appears a departure from this sound—it starts in a manner not unlike a Space Dimension Controller record—but about halfway through morphs into blissed-out booty bass with that same envelope making a casual cameo. It's about as soothing as a track with a constant offbeat hi-hat can get.
The b-side really does chart new territory for Bashmore. "Everyone Needs a Theme Tune" is one of those "shuffle" pieces which feel like they're in 3/4 time thanks to plenty of triplets in the percussion. The title becomes relevant when you hear the electro-theremin-sounding melody and its jingle brand of catchiness—a theme tune of sorts. But it's the hip-hop-leaning "The Horn That Time Forgot" that steals the show with a scratch-like lead line, chords plucked from some moon safari and a bass that moves and massages in equal measure.