Vampire Weekend: Step
A little too often, Vampire Weekend gets crowned as kings of the melting pot. The Ivy League, multi-culturally cognisant band is unafraid to dump everything from Auto-Tune, M.I.A. samples, harpsichord, in a brew for the sake of a poignant hipster anthem.
Their influences are patched squarely on their sleeves, perhaps more than ever on Step. Culling a sample from both YZ and Bread, Koenig and co. name drop Modest Mouse and Angkor Wat in the same tune and still manage to distill it all down to a perfect pop bliss-out.
Step shows that when Vampire Weekend turn it down and subscribe to a minimalist philosophy, they might be worth all the accolades.